1911-1920

  • Robert Reinert – Nerven aka Nerves (1919)

    Robert Reinert1911-1920DramaGermanySilentWeimar Republic cinema
    Nerven (1919)
    Nerven (1919)

    Quote:
    In Nerven, writer-director-producer Robert Reinert tried to capture the “nervous epidemic” caused by war and misery which “drives people mad”. This unique portrait of the life in 1919 Germany, filmed on location in Munich, describes the cases of different people from all levels of society: Factory owner Roloff who looses his mind in view of catastrophies and social disturbances, teacher John who is the hero of the masses and Marja who turns into a radical revolutionary. Using different fragments the Munich Film Museum could reconstruct this forgotten German classic which is a historic document and anticipates already elements of the Expressionist cinema of the 1920s.Read More »

  • John S. Robertson – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

    John S. Robertson1911-1920HorrorSilentUSA
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

    Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson’s DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson’s story (though greatly influenced by T.R. Sullivan’s popular stage treatment), recounting a visionary scientist’s ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self.Read More »

  • Alf Nielsen – Dødsklokken AKA The Death Knell (1914)

    1911-1920Alf NielsenDenmarkScandinavian Silent CinemaSilentWar
    Dødsklokken (1914)
    Dødsklokken (1914)

    Quote:
    Death’s bells toll in tune to the march of war. On top of devastating losses, espionage also cripples General Müller’s army. Young Lieutenant Charley is entrusted with the delivery of Dossier 15, a document of utmost importance to the war effort. After a dangerous journey through enemy territory, Adjutant Bertram betrays him – it turns out that he’s spying for the enemy. Bertram replaces Dossier 15 with a worthless piece of paper which leads to Charley’s arrest. Charley must escape to avoid execution and expose the spy.Read More »

  • Léonce Perret – L’X noir (1915)

    Léonce Perret1911-1920FranceMysterySilent
    L'X noir (1915)
    L’X noir (1915)

    A mysterious evildoer terrifies the French Riviera. That mysterious character, which is hidden under the personality of James Pearce, a diamond-maker, calls himself The Black X. This time, the Black X has noticed the rich jewels of a celebrated singer and, in the company of her henchmen, is preparing to carry out the great robbery.Read More »

  • Holger-Madsen – Ned Med Vaabnene AKA Lay Down Your Arms! (1914)

    1911-1920DenmarkHolger-MadsenScandinavian Silent CinemaSilentWar
    Ned Med Vaabnene (1914)
    Ned Med Vaabnene (1914)

    An upperclass war widow marries again. The new husband is also an officer, and soon he has to go to the next war. At the outbreak, she’s the only one who does not cheer about it. And the terrors of war soon bring almost all of her friends and relatives, among them generals and high government officials to the same conclusion: War does not pay.Read More »

  • Alfred Lind – Il jockey della morte AKA The Jockey of Death (1915)

    1911-1920AdventureAlfred LindItalySilent
    Il jockey della morte (1915)
    Il jockey della morte (1915)

    An acrobatic woman and a man in a skeleton suit are involved in a gypsy plot.

    Quote:
    A little girl seemed to have disappeared into thin air. Fifteen years after, the true reason comes into light. Her cousin Henri makes up his mind and decides it is time for action. In order to help the girl escaping the vigilant gypsy home of ‘Cirque Bartoli’, both get caught and end up being chased by the gypsies. This hot pursuit – crossing sewage channels, roof tops, mountains and rivers – is an excellent piece of the girl’s extraordinary acrobatic skills and Henri’s bravura.Read More »

  • Unknown – Der Heimat Schützengraben AKA Our Homeland’s Trenches (1916)

    Germany1911-1920SilentWar
    Der Heimat Schützengraben (1916)
    Der Heimat Schützengraben (1916)

    Felicity Rash wrote:
    During the war years, film developed as a novel and effective vehicle for primary and secondary war propaganda. Visual images of a heroic Self and a terrifying enemy Other were a popular means of conveying a nationalist message and boosting patriotic sentiment. […] In Der Heimat Schützengraben (1916) a farmer newly returned from the East Prussian front tells of the horror he experienced when fleeing from Russian soldiers. His story brings him sympathy from a group of villagers from whom he is requesting a loan. At the end of the film, children are shown opening up their piggy-banks. An old man makes an emotional speech to the villagers, and hence the film’s audience, telling them to lend money to the state …Read More »

  • Léonce Perret – Le mystère des roches de Kador (1913)

    Léonce Perret1911-1920DramaFranceSilent
    Le mystère des roches de Kador (1913)
    Le mystère des roches de Kador (1913)

    Synopsis: Fernand de Kéranic wants to eliminate his cousin and ward in order to receive her inheritance.Read More »

  • Stellan Rye & Paul Wegener – Der Student von Prag AKA The Student of Prague (1913)

    Stellan Rye1911-1920FantasyGermanyPaul WegenerSilent
    Der Student von Prag (1913)
    Der Student von Prag (1913)

    Synopsis
    A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal with the young man to give him fabulous wealth and anything he wants, if he will sign his name to a contract. The student hurriedly signs the contract, but doesn’t know what he’s in for…Read More »

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