quiet_curiosity: (Blergh)
Summary: Jerry Seevers comes back from WWI injured physically (doctors offer him a bleak long-term prognosis) and emotionally (his fiancee gets cold feet). And so he decides to spend his last few months drinking and bonding with escorts. He hits it off with one of these women and, on a particularly drunken night, decides to marry her. The light of day shows him what a horrible idea that was and he tries to convince her to annul. She loves him and refuses to do so. He flees out to the family ranch in Arizona. She is right on his tail, ready to make this marriage work.

Starring: John Gilbert, Lois Moran, El Brindel, Ralph Bellamy, Madge Evans, Frank Conroy, Hedda Hopper, Willie Fung
Directed by: Harry Beaumont

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

Of course I want a divorce. Everybody wants a divorce. That's what marriage is for. )

Should you see this movie? No. It would help you understand the kind of parts that aided in the destruction of John Gilbert's career, but you'd be better off just hearing about how much it sucked than actually witnessing it for yourself.
quiet_curiosity: (Better than thou)
Summary: Paul Beaumont places all of his trust in his wife and his patron. For this, he is betrayed and humiliated in front of his peers. And so the inventor starts over, shucking off much of his old identity and reinventing a new one from the dregs: a clown who is slapped repeatedly for the audience's amusement. Eventually, his former patron reappears, this time as the potential beau of one of the performers - one who our hero and the horseman hold great affection.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Ruth King, Ford Sterling, Marc McDermott, Tully Marshall
Directed by: Victor Sjöström (credited here as Victor Seastrom)

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR (still going strong until I [a] clean out my queue of uncommented upon movies and [b] watch everything on the DVR - which hasn't really happened because...well...Buster Keaton month y'all!)
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVR program

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I really loved this. It's beautifully shot, well acted, and moving in both an emotional and "meta" way.
quiet_curiosity: (Default)
Summary: A tale of two families - one who wasted away their money and another who held on to it with an iron grip. Lives are shaken when the suddenly poor cousin moves in their home from the city. An unlikely romance blooms between the two young cousins as the father uses the young man's situation to his own benefit.

Starring: Alice Terry, Rudolph Valentino, Ralph Lewis, Edna Demaurey,
Directed by: Rex Ingram

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR (soon to be a tag of the past)
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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quiet_curiosity: (unimpressed)
Summary: Lillie is frustrated that her husband gives her little attention or affection. This doesn't much change after they make the acquaintanceship of Prince de Gace. Lillie knows about the Prince's penchant for cruelty but her husband is fascinated by him. Tensions swirl as Lillie deals with the, at first, unwanted affections of the Prince and tries to demand attention from her husband.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Lewis Stone
Directed by: Sidney Franklin

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVR Program

spoilers )

To sum it all up: hated it.

First Impressions Master List
quiet_curiosity: (big eyes)
Summary: Dumas' story is transposed to the Paris of the roaring 20s. Marguerite is still the tubercular belle of the party and Armand is still the lovelorn puppy who longs to save her. While they find happiness for a time, forces outside of their control threaten to tear their bond asunder.

Starring: Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino, Rex Cherryman, Arthur Hoyt, Zeffie Tilbury, Patsy Ruth Miller, Elinor Oliver, William Orlamond, Consuelo Flowerton
Directed by: Ray C. Smallwood

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Camille (1937) (as an extra feature)(Warner Home Video R1)

OMG OMG OMG )

Don't go into this movie looking for romance. Don't go into this movie looking for classic performances. Check it out for the excellent design sensibility and the out-there end.

First Impressions Master List
quiet_curiosity: (Heart)
Summary: Molly is the eldest child on a swamp surrounded "baby farm" and it's her duty to keep moral high among the brood. But when complications arise from Mr. Grimes acquiring a new baby, Molly realizes that she and kids can no longer stay put.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Charlotte Mineau, Spec O'Donnell, Mary Louise Miller, Monty O'Grady, Billy Butts, Jack Lavine, Billy Jones, Muriel MacCormac, Florence Rogan, Sylvia Bernard, Mary Frances McLean
Directed by:William Beaudine

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Sparrows (R1 - Milestone/Image - Amazon has it as OOP)

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So, I obviously had a few problems with this one. But I still enjoyed it. Pickford and the older kids are excellent and the film makes good use of its environment.

First Impressions Master List
quiet_curiosity: (Steady)
Summary: Two families in Argentina - one with a German parent and the other with a French parent - return to the fathers' homelands after the death of the patriarch. One succeeds in the interim and one bumbles along on caprice. But World War I forces the families to take sides.

Starring: Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolph Valentino, Virginia Warwick, Alice Terry, Alan Hale, Mabel Van Buren, Stuart Holmes, John St. Polis, Derek Ghent, Nigel de Brulier, Wallace Beery
Directed by: Rex Ingram

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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It's a good looking film with fine performances. But don't be surprised when you can't buy into the much praised anti-war themes.

Master List of Posts on Silent Films
quiet_curiosity: (Frosty)
Summary: Two young brothers move into a new neighborhood and must learn to deal with their new classmates. Along the way, the face disappointment from their father for the way they handle their apprehensions and eventual disappointment in their father because of the way he submits to his boss.

Stars: Tatsuo Saito, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara, Takeshi Sakamoto, Teruyo Hayami, Seiichi Kato, Shoichi Kofujita, Seiji Nishimura
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availablity: Eclipse Series 10: Silent Ozu - Three Family Comedies (Criterion R1)

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It's at once a funny and charming comedy and a pointed take on strict class structures and innocence lost. You will be quite entertained by it. I just don't do it justice.
quiet_curiosity: (Default)
Summary: A law student becomes an outlaw French revolutionary when he decides to avenge the unjust killing of his friend (swiped from the IMDB write-up).

Starring: Ramon Novarro, Alice Terry, Lewis Stone, Julia Swayne Gordon, Lloyd Ingraham, William Humphrey, Otto Matieson, George Siegmann, James A. Marcus, Edith Allen
Directed by: Rex Ingram

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

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Overall, I really loved it. It looked good and it was well acted.
quiet_curiosity: (Default)
Summary: A spoiled rich girl chooses to side with her father over her grandfather on a whim and must learn to survive in the less gilded world her father chooses to live in.

Stars: Mary Pickford, Ralph Lewis, Kenneth Harlan, Melvin Messenger, T.D. Crittenden, Aggie Herring,
Directed by: Sidney Franklin

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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The film has a few funny moments, particularly with Pickford, but it pinged too many of my sore points. The restoration is lovely but I was a bit disappointed.
quiet_curiosity: (Default)
Summary: Young Gwen feels neglected by her wealthy parents and constrained by her unfeeling supervisors. When disaster strikes, everyone must decide what does and doesn't matter in their lives.

Stars: Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley, Gladys Fairbanks, Frank McGlynn, Sr.
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current commercial Availability: Currently unavailable

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I had my issues with the film but I still enjoyed it. If you can get over one little detail, you might as well.
quiet_curiosity: (Better than thou)
Summary: Two look-alike young women, separated by class and opportunity, fall in love with the same man.

Stars: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, Dale Fuller, George K. Arthur, Fred Esmelton, Lew Harvey, Gwen Lee
Director: Monta Bell

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

spoilers )

Overall, it was fine.  It is Norma Shearer's performance that holds the whole thing together.
quiet_curiosity: (unimpressed)
Summary: Arden Stuart wants to live an honest life. But that honesty couldn't save a lover from death by his own hand. Her next strike at love ends when the man in question insists they break up to preserve their moment of pure bliss. So Arden settles for the dependable Tommy. But can Arden resist when her previous love comes back into the picture?

Stars: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian, Lane Chandler, Mahlon Hamilton, Kathlyn Williams, Zeffie Tilbury
Directed by:John S. Robertson

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

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Skip it...just skip it.
quiet_curiosity: (big eyes)
Summary: Remember "Mem" Steddon finds herself married to a man she cannot stand and decides to flee the train into the desert to get away from him. Lucky for Mem, she happens to stumble onto a film set and into an improbable career as an actor. Unluckily for her, that husband turns out to be a wanted lady-killer who chases her down once he realizes exactly what he let get away.

Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Barbara La Marr, Mae Busch, Lew Cody, Forrest Robinson, Edith Yorke, William Haines
Directed by: Rupert Hughes

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

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Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It has a nice mixture of melodrama and wit.
quiet_curiosity: (That's not right)
Summary: Willie McKay returns to his ancestral abode to claim his inheritance. But before leaving, his aunt tells him of the Canfield/McKay family feud and warns him to stay away from the Canfield family. As luck would have it, Willie happens to (unintentionally) fall head over heals for their daughter. While inside their home, the Canfields treat Willie to their Southern hospitably. But the feud threatens to start up again the moment he steps outside. And Willie will do whatever it takes to woo the girl and stay alive.

Stars: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Roberts, Ralph Bushman, Craig Ward, Monte Collins, Joe Keaton, Buster Keaton Jr.
Directed by: Buster Keaton and John G. Blystone

Viewed Via: TCM/VCR
Current Commercial Availability: Sherlock Jr./Our Hospitality (R1 - Kino International); Soon to be released on Blu-Ray (Kino International)

Let's Talk )

While not my favorite Keaton, I enjoyed it.
quiet_curiosity: (Bah Bah Bah)
I finished the book yesterday morning. I finished the movie around 30 minutes ago.

The book? I loved. It was at once riveting and angering. Nothing is solved but you have plenty of spoken and unspoken information given to you so that you might come to your own conclusions. While not as good as Middlesex, it was hard to put down.

The movie? Shallow, shallow, lame, lame, lame. A solid cast wasted on Coppola's first foray into style-over-substance cinema.

BAH!
quiet_curiosity: (Under cover)
Summary: John Woolfolk lost his wife in a freak accident. Afterwards, he decides that he will never fall in love again. But he, by chance, drops anchor off a secluded Southern island and is drawn into the travails of a paranoid old man and his beautiful granddaughter.

Stars: Frank Mayo, Virginia Valli, Ford Sterling, Nigel De Brulier, Charles A. Post
Directed by: King Vidor

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

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It is, generally, a lovely film, but try to forgive the undercranked end.
quiet_curiosity: (Looking Away)
Summary: John Sims grew up knowing that he was meant for big things. And so he sets out for New York City in the hopes of achieving those things. But can he break free of the crowd and show his true colors?

Stars: James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark, Daniel G. Tomlinson, Dell Henderson, Lucy Beaumont, Freddie Burke Frederick, Alice Mildred Puter
Directed by: King Vidor

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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While the layered on melodrama towards the middle attempts to derail it, The Crowd rises above to show the darker side of the American dream. It is, perhaps, as true today as it was when it came out.
quiet_curiosity: (Looking Away)
Summary: Diana derails her life to cover for her husband, David, whose suicide confounds everyone. Her choice leaves her abandoned by her brother, Jeffry, and former lover, Neville. It is only by chance that she returns to London mere days before Neville's marriage to Constance. Their re-acquaintance eventually throws everyone's lives into a tailspin.

Stars: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, Johnny Mack Brown, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Hobart Bosworth, Dorothy Sebastian
Directed by: Clarence Brown

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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Overall, this was a disappointment.

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