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Summary:Dancer Sally O'Hara turns the head of Prince Danillo and the two become engaged. But the law says that the Prince cannot marry a commoner and he leaves her at the figurative alter. Sally turns to a wealthy old Baron. She marries him and collects a sizable fortune after his quick death. Sally is now "someone" and must deal with the renew affections of Danillo and his cousin Mirko.

Stars: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Josephine Crowell, Tully Marshall, George Fawcett
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim

Viewed via: TCM/DRV (a long time ago)
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVR Program

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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.
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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
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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
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Trying to make a dent in my list o' stuff to write about. And I still have a ton of stuff waiting for me on the DVR. I originally saw this in November. Prompt, aren't I?

Summary: The government oppresses the people. Only one man will stand up for them. He just does so from the shadows and while wearing a fetching little mask.

Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery, Marguerite De La Motte, Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell, Robert McKim, George Periolat, Sydney De Gray, Tote Du Crow
Directed by: Fred Niblo

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer (Flicker Alley - R1)

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You'll watch this for Fairbanks and you'll most likely enjoy him. The film, a pioneer in this genre, is fun.

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Silent Film Viewing 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
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Here, in all their "glory", are most of my posts on silent films. I've stuck to posts that center on the films instead of any posts that more vaguely talk about silent films. I tend not to make those.

Anyway, what should one expect before going in to these?

1) These are less structured reviews and more my first impressions/scattered thoughts on the movie at hand. Some posts are more coherent than others. I will also be struck by the strangest things.

2) These also suffer more from my general writing tics than other pieces. These are often written on the fly and it shows. That said, I am trying to be more careful with these pieces.

3) Since my viewing is tied to that which I can access, you will note that most of these are MGM/Warner pictures. In regards to national origin, these films are mostly American with the occasional German, British, French, Japanese, or Chinese films thrown in. Again, this is tied to my sources and I would love to branch out and experience greater varieties of cinema.

Without further ado, here's the list. It is broken down by decade. My decade spans are 01-10. Therefore, the 10s are 1911-1920.

The 1910s )

The 1920s )

The 1930s )

You would find my Silent Films Rec Post here if it were ready. Most of the films discussed in the post are not referenced in any of the previously listed links.
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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: (Well Well)
Summary:Cock Robin, barker and performer for the travelling show, holds his menacing sway over crowds and women alike. Salome, one time love and current co-worker, still carries the torch. The Greek is hot for Salome in all the wrong ways and wants Cock Robin out of the picture. So when a murder goes down, the cops suspect Robin and he turns to Salome for help.

Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Connelly, Gertrude Short, Andy MacLennan
Directed by: Tod Browning

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR (it was the only film I had been able to watch from John Gilbert day (in August) before my DVR reset - I'm not bitter)
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

Today's write up was brought to you by the word asshole )

Overall: performances are ok, particularly Gilbert, but the film starts to fall apart after it loses track of the original story.
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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.
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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.
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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: (Nothing Like Bad Behavior)
This Moment >>>>> Almost Everything Else




Oh Flesh and the Devil: it's frustrating on multiple levels.
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)
It looks as if the "complete" Metropolis will be heading to DVD and Blu-Ray in November. I'm going to admit to being a horrible movie fan and say that I've never seen Metropolis. I know that it's blasphemy but I just haven't had the chance. But it's absolutely amazing that this icon of silent and sci-fi cinema will finally be seen closer to the way in which Lang envisioned it.

Also coming to DVD/Blu-Ray: The ultimate edition of Steamboat Bill Jr.. This is all well and good, but Kino had mentioned a better release for Sherlock Jr at the beginning of the year and have dropped no hints since then. Come on guys! I was able to convince myself that the PS3 was a good idea because I would at least get to enjoy the Blu-Ray capabilities. It did turn out that it was great for streaming stuff from Netflix but the gaming aspect is for the bf and his superior vision/lack of motion sickness. Anyway, I just want them to announce the movie so I can prepare myself to buy it.

I am, as you can probably tell, woefully behind on my silent film watching. I just haven't been in the mood as of late. But I'm going to try and break that mood and plow through a few things tomorrow. At the very least, my DVR is running out of room and I need to make space.
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)

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While not my favorite Keaton, I enjoyed it.

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