It is difficult to write individual reviews on the work of Buster Keaton. The Auteur’s oeuvre is a consistently successful collection cornering a distinctive comedic style. To separate each film for analysis, only to arrive at the same conclusion, seems a futile effort. Nonetheless, each film is of such immeasurable quality and stirs such an […]Read more "Seven Chances (1925)"
When the script for The Phantom of the Opera landed in the lap of director Rupert Julian, his first reaction to the notion of production was – ‘Lon Chaney or it can’t be done’. The tale of a beautiful opera singer groomed by a tortured soul living in the depths of the Paris Opera House […]Read more "The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)"
The Klondike Gold Rush is a period in American history in which over 100,000 prospectors surged into the frozen tundra of the Yukon to discover their fortunes. They were the brave, the courageous, and the greedy. The Tramp is a category all of his own. A fact immediately apparent as he waddles perilously close to […]Read more "The Gold Rush (1925)"
There are certain films which are made to be pure entertainment. Less obsessed with informing or changing perspective, and more interested in pure entertainment. Friday night movies need three things: action, adventure and romance, ideally served with a side of popcorn. The Eagle is a archaic Friday night classic, brandishing all these attributes and a dashing […]Read more "The Eagle (1925)"
Cinematic masterpieces never see the light of a projector for three prominent reasons. Carelessness, as in the fire which consumed sword and sandal epic Cleopatra (1917). Untimely death, as in auteur Orson Welles unfinished The Other Side of the Wind. Studio intervention, as in the case of Greed. Stroheim’s quintessential masterpiece is praised by critics and film lovers alike, […]Read more "Greed (1924)"
In 1910, Captain Robert Falcon Scott embarked on an expedition from New Zealand to the very end of the Earth. The Antarctic was a blank slate for exploration, a canvas of uncertainty that Scott and his men decided to conquer by reaching the South Pole before the Norwegians. Herbert Ponting serves as the Documenter of […]Read more "The Great White Silence (1924)"
Fantasy tales from the begging of storytelling and those which have endured hundreds of years entail a common thread; a dashing hero, a dastardly villain, a beautiful princess and an enchanting city. Fairbanks and Walsh immerse within the classic fable with their epic inspired by the tales from the classic Arabian Nights. The Thief of Bagdad is […]Read more "The Thief of Bagdad (1924)"
The ‘Great Stone Face’ earned himself the name Buster from his vaudeville act as a child. The seemingly indestructible young Keaton of the family trio would be launched by his father, aided by a handle sewn within his clothes, into orchestra pits and the audience yet emerge with his trade mark poker face. Viewing Sherlock Jr conjures up the romanticised origin […]Read more "Sherlock Jr. (1924)"
‘The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema… dialogue should simply be a sound among sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms’ – Alfred Hitchcock. Visual storytelling remained first priority, but countless creatives responsible for the finest silent films incorporated title cards of dialogue […]Read more "The Last Laugh (1924)"