In early 1930s, a sensational true story titled I Am A Fugitive From A Georgia Chain Gang! landed on Warner Bros desk. The story documented Robert Burns’ incarceration in a brutal chain gang and subsequent escape. The board was apprehensive to adapt due to the story’s violence, suspected uproar in the South, and an oppressive […]Read more "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang! (1932)"
F. W. Murnau’s innovation and experimentation with ‘dramatic angles’ as he called them liberated cinema from static confines to new methods of expressing emotion and narrative, and led the director become one of the most respected artists of his time. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas was his first foray firmly in the sound era […]Read more "Tabu: A Story Of The South Seas (1931)"
Cinema has many synonyms; Film from the mode of capture, movies from the magic of motion, Flicks from projector inefficiency, and Pictures. The maxim ‘Show don’t tell’, integral today, was imperative in the silent cinematic age. Filmmakers sought communication outside of explanative title cards, discovering narrative capabilities of mise-en-scene, camerawork and, most directly, actor expression. […]Read more "The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)"
Individuality is a need we all strive for in some capacity. Some find contentment with praise of a close knit circle, others want applause of the entire world. Music, film, art, literature and the internet are grand stages to perform uniqueness. But increasingly, these platforms become suffocated as people aggressively shove for space, trample over […]Read more "The Crowd (1928)"
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)"
‘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)"
Originally running in at eight hours in length, Director Abel Gance enters the annals of auteurs to follow vision first and tackle practicalities later. The Wheel is an epic, but unlike those of Griffith or Lean, it is an intimate epic, channeling tumultuous emotion across the screen. The Wheel is the story of Sisif, a railway […]Read more "The Wheel (1923)"
Foolish Wives is a tale of a con artist (Stroheim) posing as Russian nobility and his attempts to seduce an American diplomat’s wife (Miss Dupont). This is the vision of director Erich Von Stroheim whose career would become synonymous with extravagance. The greatest asset and limitation of the master was his unwavering eye for detail, an attribute which […]Read more "Foolish Wives (1922)"