Tag Archives: 1920s

Kazimir Gertel – Iz-pod svodov mecheti AKA From Under the Vaults of the Mosque (1927)

From Under the Vaults of the Mosque (Rus. Iz-Pod svodov mecheti) by Kazimir Gertel’ (Uzbekkino, 1927)

The action takes place in Turkestan at the end of the imperial period. Oberuchev (L. Lazarev), a cotton manufacturer from St. Petersburg, goes to Moscow to sign a delivery contract with the army before going back to Turkestan, his “homeland.” Together with his assistant Yastrebetskii (A. Poliakov), Oberuchev exploits the local population with the connivance of the local bais. An old man, Pir Nazar (A. Khojaev), is one of his victims and has to sell his belongings to pay off his debts. Read More »

Magnus Hirschfeld & Richard Oswald – Gesetze der Liebe aka Sexualkatastrophe aka Laws of Love: Innocently Outlawed! (1927)

A documentary by Magnus Hirschfeld, which contains a shortened version of Different From the Others (1919). Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »