Tag Archives: 1920s

Maurice Elvey – High Treason [Sound Version] (1929)

Plot:
World peace is threatened when the “United States of Europe” comes into conflict with the “Empire of the Atlantic States”. The former comprises Europe, India, the Middle East, Canada, Africa and Australasia. The latter is a combination of the United States and South America. Read More »

Maurice Elvey – High Treason (1929)

An unlikely film for Maurice Elvey to direct, this is a 1930s vision of what life might be like twenty years later. The film was made in two versions – silent and sound – this is the silent version (and literally silent, no soundtrack on this one). So this is something of an oddity: A British silent sci-fi film! There aren’t many of those around. Read More »

Marco de Gastyne – La merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d’Arc AKA Saint Joan the Maid (1929)

Restoration in 1983.

Plot summary not found. (but probably no need for this one.)
Just some descriptions from jeanne-darc.info

A little forgotten by the historians the cinema because of film of Dreyer left the previous year, this “Jeanne d’ Arc”, in a very different style, is however remarkably carried out. We are here in the more popular register of the great historical reconstitutions with great reinforcement of horses and ebullient oil. With a superb Jeanne d’ sixteen year old Arc, interpreted by Simone Genevois. Read More »

Ewald André Dupont – Varieté (1925)

Storyline:
Prologue: The murderer “Boss” Huller – after having spent ten years in prison – breaks his silence to tell the warden his story. “Boss”, a former trapeze artist, and his wife own a cheap side-show that displays ”erotic sensations”. But he longs for his former glamorous life in the circus. When he meets the orphan Berta-Marie, he falls under her spell and leaves his wife and young son behind. He makes Berta-Marie his partner in a new trapeze number. One day, the famous trapeze artist Artinelli takes note of them and engages them for his trapeze show in Berlin. Their salto mortale becomes an immediate sensation. Calculatedly and cold, Artinelli seduces Berta-Marie and destroys “Boss'” happiness. Written by Christian Taube Read More »

Donald Crisp & Buster Keaton – The Navigator (1924)

Wealthy Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) suddenly decides to propose to his neighbor across the street, Betsy O’Brien (Kathryn McGuire), and sends his servant to book passage for a honeymoon sea cruise to Honolulu. When Betsy rejects his sudden offer however, he decides to go on the trip anyway, boarding without delay that night. Because the pier number is partially covered, he ends up on the wrong ship, the Navigator, which Betsy’s rich father (Frederick Vroom) has just sold to a small country at war. Read More »

W.S. Van Dyke & Robert J. Flaherty – White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)

Unscrupulous trader Sebastian has little trouble cheating the inhabitants of the South Seas paradise and leading the natives to adopt some of the more unfortunate habits of “civilized” men. He has little opposition save Dr. Matthew Lloyd, once an educated and prominent physician but now smothered in the depths of alcoholic deterioration. When Lloyd goes too far in his attempts to thwart the success of the trader’s greedy plots, Sebastian sees to it that the doctor is framed for a crime and sentenced to be cast adrift tied to the wheel of a derelict ship. Read More »

Bobbie Mann & Paul Robello – St Kilda: Britain’s Loneliest Isle (1928)

Touching short documentary about life in the island of St. Kilda, the most isolated of the Hebrides, shot between 1923 and 1928 (only a few years before it was abandoned by his inhabitants in 1930). The evacuation of this island inspired Michael Powell to create The edge of the world in 1937. Read More »