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

The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen)

The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) Sweden (1921) Dir. Victor Sjöström One of Swedish cinema’s founding fathers and biggest influence on Ingmar Bergman, Victor Sjöström, is a name that deserves greater recognition today. Sjöström was one the most successful filmmakers in early Swedish cinema who also crossed over to Hollywood, most notably for 1928’s The Wind with … Continue reading The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen)

The Wind

The Wind US (1928) Dir. Victor Seastrom (Sjöström) Naive Virginian girl Letty Mason (Lillian Gish) has packed up her things and is moving to the western prairies to live with her cousin Beverly (Edward Earle), his wife Cora (Dorothy Cumming) and their three kids. Her new home is prone to exceptionally dangerous wind storms and … Continue reading The Wind