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Marion Davies in Little Old New York (1923)

One of the few plus sides to be afflicted with this season’s super virus is that is allows for a lot of lounging and YouTube time. What is there to do when you can’t eat, sleep, breathe or come into contact with other humans? Watch silent movies of course! This one is a delightful trifle starring the delightful Marion Davies. Check out the YouTube playlist and enjoy!

Here’s part 1 (of 9) to get you hooked.

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Pretty Clever Film’s Top 10 Silent Horror Movies

In honor of Halloween, Pretty Clever Film Gal brings you her personal favorite scary movies, all of them silent. It is a fact that movie goers love fright films and it is a fact that horror movies have been around since the dawn of film. For my money, silent films take the prize for sheer creep factor. These early silent horror movies may not make you jump in your seat and they’re certainly not the gore-fest variety of later shock cinema, but… well there’s something about a monster creeping about and saying nothing, no? Read the rest of this entry

The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World Restored DVD - Pretty Clever FilmsOne of the distinct pleasures of watching silent movies is witnessing the birth of an art form. Techniques were not established, narrative forms were not structured, there was no such thing as trope. In watching silent movies, you can see the invention of all the things we now accept as standard not only from year to year and movie to movie, but almost from scene to scene. The Lost World (1925), the very first feature length animated film, does not disappoint on this level.  Loosely adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, the movie was directed by Henry O. Hoyt and features pioneering claymation work from Willis O’Brien (the same O’Brien who will bring us much more perfected techniques eight years later in King Kong). Read the rest of this entry

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