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reviewed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabi.... March 01, 2012
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
**** out of ****    I'm not one to judge a film solely for its place in history, or its influence on the many motion pictures that may have followed. Quality, above all, certainly means a lot to me; and it should. One should critique, or appreciate, a film based on both personal taste and the overall observation of how good, how bad, or how "meh" a movie is. I thought it appropriate …
reviewed Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosf.... October 19, 2011
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Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu -- Eine Symphonie des Grauens)
**** out of ****     The 1922 Gothic masterpiece of horror "Nosferatu" is a production of sweeping beauty and spectacle, lively performances and intense atmospheric touches, and pure directorial brilliance. It is fantastically well-crafted; a creepy, ominous horror movie; it feels real and authentic just about every moment when it wants to be. As a vampire film - and I'm sure you …
answered a question. September 15, 2011
No I do not, but your question has prompted me to investigate the silent cartoons of the era.
posted a Quick Tip about Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (.... August 19, 2011
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Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (Kino Classics Special Edition)
Finally coming to DVD thanks to Kino International, this is the most controversial restoration of Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi epic Metropolis. Released in 1984, the Moroder Version, as it has come to be known, takes the classic silent film and gives it a new look and sound by making major alterations such as color tinting the film, adding subtitles rather than the traditional intertitles used in …
posted a Quick Tip about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. August 19, 2011
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was introduced in 1927 and was designed to be an all-cartoon series to replace Walt Disney's and Ub Iwerks' earlier success, the Alice Cartoons, which featured a live-action girl named Alice (based loosely on Lewis Carroll's classic character) who was caught up in various cartoon adventures. Oswald was a huge success in the silent film era of cartoons and his popularity …
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posted a Quick Tip about He Who Gets Slapped. August 15, 2011
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He Who Gets Slapped
One of my favorite Lon Chaney films, He Who Gets Slapped is a comical tragedy or a tragical comedy about a man destined to succeed only at failure... even as a clown. The film, which came out in 1924,  was directed by legendary Swedish actor and director Victor Sjöström (credited as Victor Seastrom) and was based on a Russian play.   As a film, He Who Gets Slapped is a superb …
reviewed Brand Upon the Brain!. August 12, 2011
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Brand Upon the Brain!
**** out of ****     "Brand Upon the Brain", the most recent Guy Maddin feature to be labeled as a silent psychodrama, is an ambitious film that honestly does offer up something new for curious, adventurous movie-goers. It exists in a world of its own, is a true original, and engulfs itself in a mysterious, but intriguing sort of cinematic fog. This is what I'm talking about.   &nbs …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). June 28, 2011
It is fun watching classic films. They are so different than modern ones. This is a set of three digitally mastered movies: The General, from 1926, lasts 75 minutes; The Playhouse, from 1921, is 23 minutes; and Cops, from 1922, is 18 minutes. Buster Keaton stars in all three. He was one of two writers and directors of each. They are in black and white, no talking. The films are clear. They are funny.   …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). June 13, 2011
I had two choices watching this movie...smile or laugh out loud. When I wasn't smiling I was laughing. Buster Keaton's The General is a perfect introduction for those who may shy away from silent movies or who may think silent comics are too exaggerated and mannered. The story line is simple, but what Keaton does with it is genius.       Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) …
posted a Quick Tip about Murnau. April 09, 2011
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Murnau
Despite the fact that I already own four of these films in different versions, I absolutely love this set mainly because it includes wonderful restorations of three of Murnau's greatest films (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, and Faust) as well as four documentaries and many great special features. The artwork on the packaging is beautiful and as I was able to get it on sale for a great price I was …
reviewed Häxan. April 01, 2011
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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
**** out of ****     "Haxan", a certainly controversial, at-the-time graphic, and flamboyantly intellectual documentary/horror film, appeals to me for so many reasons. For one: I like films that challenge the audience. "Haxan" is brilliant because not only does it want to provoke through imagery; but it also wants to challenge our beliefs with its unbeatable sense of stylistic …
posted a Quick Tip about Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans. March 02, 2011
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Sunrise
One of the best dramas from the silent age. Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans is F.W. Murnau's most famous and celebrated films and the only real success he experienced while working in America. The film is propelled forward by an unusual love story of a husband and wife who have drifted apart after he attempts to kill her so that he can be with his mistress, but the two find redemption and rediscover …
reviewed Piccadilly. February 24, 2011
Piccadilly
There are three reasons to watch Piccadilly, a 1929 British silent backstage melodrama. The performance of Anna May Wong is primary. She's a knockout as Shosho, a Chinese dishwasher in a posh London nightclub who gets a chance to show how she can dance, and then becomes a star. Wong is so charismatic, so fine a performer and so confident an actress, that you might wonder whatever happened to her. …
answered a question. January 03, 2011
I know there was a Chaney Flick (something about midnight) that only photos exist where he has that stove pipe hate and the face similar to the Phantom face. I am sure that was an excellent film and that …
answered a question. January 03, 2011
I know there was a Chaney Flick (something about midnight) that only photos exist where he has that stove pipe hate and the face similar to the Phantom face. I am sure that was an excellent film and that …
answered a question. January 03, 2011
Count, I don't know if I can give a valid answer since I have only seen two of his films. He was a lot better in The Phantom of the Opera then as the Hunchback. Also, the amount of torture he put his …
answered a question. January 03, 2011
Count, I don't know if I can give a valid answer since I have only seen two of his films. He was a lot better in The Phantom of the Opera then as the Hunchback. Also, the amount of torture he put his …
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