Notes on Aeschylus

Often called the "father of tragedy", Aeschylus is known for taking the tragic art to new heights by introducing a creative new approach to ancient theatron. Prior to Aeschylus, drama typically included one protagonist and a chorus, however Aeschylus minimizes the role of the chorus and introduces a crop of new characters. Aristotle later noted the importance … Continue reading Notes on Aeschylus


Greed (1924) Director: Erich von Stroheim ★★☆☆☆ Greed is often included on lists of the greatest films of the silent era, and was directed by the eccentric Austrian-American director, Erich von Stroheim. It is based on the 1899 novel called "McTeague" by Frank Norris. Stroheim, upon emigrating to America, claimed he was royalty - a … Continue reading Greed

The Phantom Carriage

8/27/16 The Phantom Carriage (1921) Director: Victor Sjöström ★★★★☆ The Phantom Carriage is a phenomenal and haunting Swedish silent film, and is popularly considered one of the seminal works of Swedish cinema. It was directed by and also starred Victor Sjöström, of later repute for his roles in The Wind and, most notably, in Ingmar Bergman's Wild … Continue reading The Phantom Carriage