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)"
Emil Jannings had a gift for ruin. At his most refined, Jannings demands an air of respect in the sway of his portly stature and commands with a set of impressive whiskers. It is a form he has slipped into effortlessly many times from Generals to Mephisto, Kings and Czars. And then an event sets […]Read more "The Blue Angel (1931)"
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)"
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)"