MGM Stars of 1930 - Exhibitors Herald March 29

Fairbanks and Chaplin publicity stills

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The flying carpet from The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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The Kingdom of The Fairies (1903)
French title: Le Royaume des fées 
dir. Georges Méliès

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raybolger: this post brings you 75 of the major films and the greats of the silent era of film, a medium often forgotten and unfortunately more than 70% of it estimated to be lost. So, grab your gal and go on a nice wholesome date to the picture show, and maybe we can keep silent films in memory.
COMEDIES:

Shorts// The Rink(1916) // All Aboard(1917) // Hear’em Rave(1918) // Why Pick On Me(1918) // Young Mr. Jazz(1918) // Convict 13(1920) // Haunted Spooks(1920) // High and Dizzy(1920) // One Week(1920) // The Scarecrow(1920) // The Boat(1921) // The Goat(1921) // Hard Luck(1921) // The Haunted House(1921) // Never Weaken(1921) // Cops(1922) // Day Dreams(1922) // The Electric House(1922) // The Frozen North(1922) // Dogs of War(1923) // The Love Nest(1923) //
Films// A Dog’s Life(1918) // The Kid(1921) // Dr. Jack(1922) // Grandma’s Boy(1922) // Our Hospitality(1923) // Safety Last!(1923) // Three Ages(1923) // The Navigator(1924) // Sherlock Jr.(1924) // Girl Shy(1924) // The Freshman(1925) // Go West(1925) // Seven Chances(1925) // The General(1926) // For Heaven’s Sake(1926) // Tramp, Tramp, Tramp(1926) // The Kid Brother(1927) // The Cameraman(1928) // The Circus(1928) // Lonesome(1928) // Speedy(1928) // Steamboat Bill Jr.(1928) // 

DRAMA:

Films// A Trip to the Moon(1902) // Cabiria(1914) // Intolerance(1916) // Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl(1919) // True Heart Susie(1919) // The Love Flower(1920) // Way Down East(1920) // The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(1921) // Orphans of the Storm(1921) // The Phantom Carriage(1921) // The Sheik(1921) // The Ten Commandments(1923) // A Woman of Paris(1923) // Isn’t Life Wonderful?(1924) // The Thief of Bagdad(1924) // Ben-Hur(1925) // The Big Parade(1925) // The Lost World(1925) // The Phantom of the Opera(1925) // Flesh and the Devil(1926) // 7th Heaven(1927) // Napoleon(1927) // Sunrise(1927) // Wings(1927) // Docks of New York(1928) // The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928) // The Wind(1928) // A Woman of Affairs(1928) // Diary of a Lost Girl(1929) // Pandora’s Box(1929) // I Was Born, But …(1932) // A Story of Floating Weeds(1934) // 

raybolger: this post brings you 75 of the major films and the greats of the silent era of film, a medium often forgotten and unfortunately more than 70% of it estimated to be lost. So, grab your gal and go on a nice wholesome date to the picture show, and maybe we can keep silent films in memory.

COMEDIES:

Shorts
// The Rink(1916) // All Aboard(1917) // Hear’em Rave(1918) // Why Pick On Me(1918) // Young Mr. Jazz(1918) // Convict 13(1920) // Haunted Spooks(1920) // High and Dizzy(1920) // One Week(1920) // The Scarecrow(1920) // The Boat(1921) // The Goat(1921) // Hard Luck(1921) // The Haunted House(1921) // Never Weaken(1921) // Cops(1922) // Day Dreams(1922) // The Electric House(1922) // The Frozen North(1922) // Dogs of War(1923) // The Love Nest(1923) //

Films
// A Dog’s Life(1918) // The Kid(1921) // Dr. Jack(1922) // Grandma’s Boy(1922) // Our Hospitality(1923) // Safety Last!(1923) // Three Ages(1923) // The Navigator(1924) // Sherlock Jr.(1924) // Girl Shy(1924) // The Freshman(1925) // Go West(1925) // Seven Chances(1925) // The General(1926) // For Heaven’s Sake(1926) // Tramp, Tramp, Tramp(1926) // The Kid Brother(1927) // The Cameraman(1928) // The Circus(1928) // Lonesome(1928) // Speedy(1928) // Steamboat Bill Jr.(1928) // 

DRAMA:

Films
// A Trip to the Moon(1902) // Cabiria(1914) // Intolerance(1916) // Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl(1919) // True Heart Susie(1919) // The Love Flower(1920) // Way Down East(1920) // The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(1921) // Orphans of the Storm(1921) // The Phantom Carriage(1921) // The Sheik(1921) // The Ten Commandments(1923) // A Woman of Paris(1923) // Isn’t Life Wonderful?(1924) // The Thief of Bagdad(1924) // Ben-Hur(1925) // The Big Parade(1925) // The Lost World(1925) // The Phantom of the Opera(1925) // Flesh and the Devil(1926) // 7th Heaven(1927) // Napoleon(1927) // Sunrise(1927) // Wings(1927) // Docks of New York(1928) // The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928) // The Wind(1928) // A Woman of Affairs(1928) // Diary of a Lost Girl(1929) // Pandora’s Box(1929) // I Was Born, But …(1932) // A Story of Floating Weeds(1934) // 

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nitrateglow:

In the late silent era, it was popular to pair films with an already-recorded score. Don Juan (1926) with John Barrymore and Mary Astor was the first to do so. I’m usually not a fan of these scores, as the primitive sound technology is not always pleasant to listen to and they sometimes include vocal tracks which feel intrusive, but I really enjoyed the score recorded for the otherwise lackluster western, Trail of ‘98 (1928). Unfortunately, this video only contains instances of the central romantic theme, “I Found Gold When I Found You,” but it’s still a nice piece.

dweemeister:

Soundtrack Suite to Metropolis (1927, Germany) - composed by Gottfried Huppertz; performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Frank Strobel; video edited by Frederik Riesberg

In a rare development for a silent film, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis was gifted with an enormous original score composed by Gottfried Huppertz - whose work must be placed in the conversation in debating the greatest film scores of all time. This score did not accompany Metropolis until a 2001 DVD release. This particular recording can be found on the 2010 DVD/Blu-Ray release with restored footage.

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STOP! Pathé advertisement 1918

STOP! Pathé advertisement 1918

surrealism:

Ballet mécanique by Fernand Léger, music by George Anthiel. 35 mm film (black and white). The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY.

From MOMA’s website:

This film remains one of the most influential experimental works in the history of cinema. The only film made directly by the artist Fernand Léger, it demonstrates his concern during this period—shared with many other artists of the 1920s—with the mechanical world. In Léger’s vision, however, this mechanical universe has a very human face. […] In Ballet méchanique, repetition, movement, and multiple imagery combine to animate and give an aesthetic raison d’être to the clockwork structure of everyday life. The visual pleasures of kitchenware—wire whisks and funnels, copper pots and lids, tinned and fluted baking pans—are combined with images of a woman carrying a heavy sack on her shoulder, condemned like Sisyphus (but through a cinematic sense of wit) to climb and reclimb a steep flight of stairs on a Paris street.

Anthiel was the one musician whom the Surrealists accepted. He said, “The Surrealist movement had, from the very beginning, been my friend. In one of its manifestoes it had been declared that all music was unbearable – excepting, possibly, mine – a beautiful and appreciated condescension.”1 Anthiel’s score was intended to accompany the film; however, the score was thirty minutes long, while the film was about nineteen. The premier of the film didn’t include the score. It was never shown with Anthiel’s music until the 1990s.


  1. George Anthiel, Bad Boy of Music (New York: Da Capo Press, 1981), 300; quoted in Anne LeBaron, “Reflections of Surrealism in Postmodern Music,” Studies in Contemporary Music and Culture: Postmodern Music / Postmodern Thought 4 (2002), 31. 

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