Movie Review – Die Nibelungen

Die Nibelungen Germany (1924) Dir. Fritz Lang The word “epic” is used all too often to describe a film of immense length or a story that takes the reader or listener on a journey beyond the simple linear scope of A to B. In the modern era, a film of two hours plus is an … Continue reading Movie Review – Die Nibelungen

He Who Gets Slapped

He Who Gets Slapped US (1924) Dir. Victor Sjöström Laughter is the best medicine, it helps us get through the day, and we should all laugh or lose our minds. Yet, laughter can be cruel, demeaning, and destructive, ruining our confidence or happiness by those who laugh at us and not with us. Perhaps this … Continue reading He Who Gets Slapped

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 13 minutes approx. One of the most enduring and iconic images in cinema history adorns the front cover of this Blu-ray release of one of the most famous and influential films of all time, and even if you … Continue reading George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

Champagne

Champagne UK (1928) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock People who grew up with wealth are the worst. There, I said it. Now, I realise that might be deemed and egregious generalisation, but there are far too many examples of people whose sense of entitlement has come from not having to struggle or often actually work to afford … Continue reading Champagne

Battling Butler

Battling Butler US (1926) Dir. Buster Keaton The things a guy will do to impress a girl. The great thing about cinema is the field is wide open to explore this to the enth degree and beyond, and better still, the innocence of simpler times make it even more fun. Privileged Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) … Continue reading Battling Butler

Piccadilly

Piccadilly UK (1929) Dir. E.A Dupont Fame and fortune - is it really worth risking everything over? And why does the rise to the top always bring out the worst in people? It’s a story for the ages, one artists will never tire of telling, and people never tire of hearing. London nightclub Piccadilly, owned … Continue reading Piccadilly

The Son Of The Sheik

The Son Of The Sheik US (1926) Dir. George Fitzmaurice It’s the same old story - boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl fall out, boy whisks girl away to be his slave… okay maybe that last bit isn’t quite the norm, and definitely wouldn’t fly in 2020 (except maybe … Continue reading The Son Of The Sheik

The Mark Of Zorro

The Mark Of Zorro US (1920) Dir. Fred Niblo Some aspects of being a vigilante will never change - namely hiding behind a mask and alter ego. Nowadays it is far easier to pull this off as modern vigilantes do their work via computer thus have no need to show their faces, but in days … Continue reading The Mark Of Zorro

Underground

Underground UK (1928) Dir. Anthony Asquith How do you go about finding love? Tinder, online dating, nightclubs, social events, specialist hobby groups, or maybe actually talking to that person you fancy at work? According to this classic silent film, it’s apparently as easy as getting on the underground train on your way to work. Shop … Continue reading Underground

Michael

Michael Germany (1924) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer  We like to think homosexuality in cinema is a relatively recent development with the last couple of decades seeing its rise in becoming a subgenre. But as this classic silent film attests, it has been tackled before on the silver screen, in a far more subtle and less … Continue reading Michael