8/31/14 The Gold Rush (1925) Director: Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin later declared that he wished to be remembered for The Gold Rush and, today, the film is often considered one of the greatest of all time. The Gold Rush follows the story of the tramp who travels to the Yukon for the Klondike Gold Rush but he wanders … Continue reading The Gold Rush
8/28/14 The General (1927) Director: Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton Buster Keaton’s monumental film was inspired by the events called the “Great Locomotive Chase” in 1862, wherein volunteers from the union army commandeered a train and heavily destroyed infrastructure in the South from Tennessee, such as the communication wires. It had a low box office turnout, … Continue reading The General
Fritz Lang was born in 1890 in Austria Hungary before joining the Austrian army during World War I. He was severely injured and suffered from shll-shock whih ave him time to begin writing films while recovering. After the war, he moved to Germany, then the Weimar Republic, to work with UFA Studios to start a career … Continue reading Fritz Lang
Sergei Eisenstein was born in Riga Latvia in 1898 and was Jewish via his paternal grandparents. The family moved to St. Petersburg in 1910 where Eisenstein studied architecture and engineering. This education was to have a tremendous impact on his later experimental film making. He studied the works of Da Vinci and Freud, and he … Continue reading Sergei Mikhaylovich Eisenstein
Buster Keaton was born into a family of vaudeville performers in Kansas , and was also named the sixth Joseph in a long line of family members named Joseph. In later life, Keaton would tell a story of how he recieved the nickname “Buster.” One day while tumbling in his family’s vaudeville act, Harry Houdini was … Continue reading Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton
8/24/14 Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Director: Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. is a magnificent and meta-textual film that is undoubtedly one of the greatest silent films ever made. Keaton plays a movie theatre attendant/projectionist (he secretly wishes he was a detective) who goes to buy a $1 box of chocolates but he amusingly changes the … Continue reading Sherlock, Jr.