1921-1930

Guido Brignone – La fuga di Socrate aka Socrate’s Escape (1923)

Synopsis:
Socrate, a weird parrot, one day flies away through an open window. The mistress of the parrot imposes on her boyfriend Ajax a terrible condition: if he doesn’t find Socrate, she will marry another man. Ajax immediately starts to look for Socrate, but soon he discovers that the parrot has been captured and sold to a young lady leaving for Havana. Finally Ajax manages to get to Cuba, but once there he finds out that Socrate has already flown away to return to his original owner; she telegraphs Ajax asking him to return to her – but she will wait in vain: Ajax has already fallen in love with the young lady who emigrated to Cuba. Read More »

Hans Richter – Die neue Wohnung AKA The New Apartment (1930)

This film was made by Hans Richter for the first Basel habitat exhibition to show the innovative aspects of modern architecture.

The remastering of this film was made by the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana (therefore the titles are in Italian).

The film is originally silent but is here accompanied by a recent soundtrack. Read More »

Germaine Dulac – Âme d’artiste AKA Heart of an Actress (1924)

Plot :
Helen Taylor, a favorite of the London public on stage, is torn between the attention of Lord Stamford (principal shareholder of the theater) and Herbert Campbell, a fervent admirer, novel author, who does not hesitate to abandon his wife to follow The star of the scene. Read More »

George W. Hill – Min and Bill (1930)

Plot: Min owns the waterfront hotel where Bill, the captain of a fishing boat, lives. Also living and working in the hotel is Nancy, whom Min took in some years ago as an abandoned girl. Now that Nancy is older, the truant officer and the police think that she should be moved to a different environment, and Min is torn between her attachment to Nancy and her concern that the waterfront may not be the best place for a young woman. Matters are brought to a head by the sudden re-appearance of Belle, Nancy’s disreputable mother. Written by Snow Leopard Read More »

F.W. Murnau – Phantom (1922) (HD)

Quote:
Phantom is a 1922 silent film that was directed by F. W. Murnau the same year Murnau directed Nosferatu. It is an example of German Expressionist film and has a surreal, dreamlike quality. Read More »

Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton – The General (1926)

Quote:
When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. Read More »

Duyu Dan – Pan si dong (1927)

FILM SYNOPSIS/BRIEF REVIEW:
One of the earliest cinematic adaptation of Chinese classic novel Journey to the West. When seeking for food alone, Tang Xuanzang was kept prisoner by seven spider monsters who took the form of seven beautiful women. The Monkey King and the other two of Xuanzang’s disciples managed to rescue him with the help of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva/Guanyin. They renounced the desire for lust and continued the quest for Buddhist Scriptures. Read More »