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. It was produced by Paramount Pictures. The story was adopted from the novel by Emerson Hough. The plot begins in 1848 as a caravan of … 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 that … 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 count … 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 Chances (1925) … 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 and … Continue reading La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc
12/7/14 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Director: Freidrich Wilhem Murnau The film is often considered F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece. It was planned in Germany, but it was his first breakthrough release in the United States for Fox Film Corporation. The score was completed by Hugo Riesenfeld and premiered a few days before Warner Bros. released … Continue reading Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans