Tag Archives: 1920s

Alfred Machin & Henry Wulschleger – Le manoir de la peur AKA The Manor House of Fear (1924)

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Since a mysterious stranger and his servant settled in a manor near a Provençal village, a wave of crimes has beenfall the country and spread terror among the inhabitants. Young Jean Lormeau, refusing to give in to fear, leaves to meet the disturbing owner to discover his secret. Read More »

Robert Wiene – Raskolnikow AKA Crime and Punishment [Italian] (1923)

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Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg, driven to utter desperation by grinding poverty and near-starvation, formulates a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money, afterward falling prey to the torment of his own conscience. Read More »

Leo Birinsky & Paul Leni – Das Wachsfigurenkabinett AKA Waxworks (1924)

A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner’s daughter in the stories. Read More »

Hans Werckmeister – Algol – Tragödie der Macht AKA Tragedy of Power (1920)

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“The rule of coal is gone. The bios plants will provide power to the world from today!” In this rediscovery of Weimar cinema, a dystopian vision of unfettered capitalism that is eerily contemporary, a coal miner makes a Faustian pact with the otherworldly Algol, an alien who teaches him how to harness the energy of his home star and become the most powerful man on earth. Together they become megalomaniacal CEOs of the “Bios-Werke,” lording over the nations of the world by monopolizing renewable energy and by turning workers into slaves. Read More »

Dimitris Gaziadis – Astero (1929)

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The story is set in a leafy village of Peloponnese, on the fabled hillsides of mount Helmos, around places that inspired a German poet to write: “Everything changed in Greece / Time changed everything / Not only did it change/ flock and shepherd.” Here lies the property of Kyr-Mitros, a rich peasant who lives with his son, Thymios, and his adopted daughter, Astero. The two kids grow up together, supporting each other and becoming good friends. Overtime, their friendship evolves into something deeper and more intimate. However, their dreams and wishes come to an end by tough Kyr-Mitros’ master-plan. When Stamos, a prosperous herder, comes to town, he falls in love with Astero and takes her with him. Will there be a twist of fate? Driven by guilt and watching his son withering, Kyr-Mitros reveals an important secret… This pastoral romance mesmerized audiences of the time. The screenplay is based on a literary piece by Pavlos Nirvanas, published under the title Ramona. Read More »

Ub Iwerks & Walt Disney – Steamboat Willie (1928)

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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.

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The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie. Steamboat Willie is especially notable for being the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound, as well as the first cartoon to feature a fully post-produced soundtrack which distinguished it from earlier sound cartoons Read More »

Ub Iwerks & Walt Disney – Plane Crazy (1928)

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Inspired by Lindbergh’s flight from New York to Paris, Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip involving some necking, though Minnie objects to the necking. Read More »