The Covered Wagon (1923) Director: James Cruze ★★★☆☆ The Covered Wagon was the first great Western epic film. It was billed as the next big budget film, after Birth of a Nation. The Covered Wagon was produced by Paramount Pictures. The Covered Wagon is entertaining at parts with some beautiful countryside captured. It is a fun … Continue reading The Covered Wagon
Seven Chances (1925) Director: Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton ★★★★☆ Based on the musical of the same name, this silly film tells the story of Jimmie Shannon, a stock broker, who is on the verge of bankruptcy at the firm with his partner. However, a lawyer chases him and his partner around town to inform him … Continue reading Seven Chances
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
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Director: Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton ★★★★☆ Steamboat Bill Jr. was the last of Buster Keaton’s 9 independent films made for Joseph Schenck and it was the last big comedic film of the silent era. His independent feature films for Schenck included: Three Ages (1923) Our Hospitality (1923) Sherlock Jr. (1924) The Navigator (1924) Seven … Continue reading Steamboat Bill Jr.
1/1/15 La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc or “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer ★★★★★ The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of the greatest films ever made and is based on the surviving record of the trial of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) when she was captured by the English … Continue reading La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc
12/7/14 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Director: Freidrich Wilhem Murnau ★★★★★ F.W. Murnau is one of the great directors of the silent era and Sunrise is his masterpiece. His cinematic skills allow subtle and simple stories like Sunrise and The Last Laugh, to become great films filled with complexity and originality, while also suspenseful … Continue reading Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans