The Jazz Singer (1927)

Production during the roaring 1920s was a comfortable ebb and flow. Backlots baked in the Los Angeles heat and glistened with global stars. Directors and writers turned out films by the month. The Golden Age of cinema was on the horizon. But studio giants, some still standing and others vanished except in passing credits, would […]

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Napoleon (1927)

Abel Gance was a visionary director with huge ambitions, excessive running times and lavish production values to faithfully create an expansive vision. Like Stroheim before him and Michael Cimino after, Gance was to be condemned with aspirations and demands greater than what many would dare risk. In 1927, Gance’s latest picture Napoleon premiered, but soon […]

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Metropolis (1927)

Jetpacks, time travel, teleportation and robots are classic flights of fantasy of the far future. As technology rapidly evolves, images of what may be become more elaborate, more fascinating, more open to possibility and science fiction follows suit. In the first quarter of the 20th century, Fritz Lang produced his vision of the future – […]

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The General (1927)

The chase is one of the greatest thrills cinema can offer. Over a century of film has provided inventive and exciting pursuits in nearly every mode of transport. The French Connection is the epitome of road rage, Point Break’s on foot chase is a high octane pursuit through L.A.’s back garden, Speed kept tension high […]

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The Unknown (1927)

Tod Browning and Lon Chaney were a match made in heaven. Or hell. It depends on how the ambience of their pictures strike you. The former was the master of the esoteric, the latter the master of disguise. They were the silent precursor to Burton and Depp. Between 1919 and 1929, the macabre match conjured […]

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