• Jean Renoir – La fille de l’eau AKA The Whirlpool of Fate (1925)

    An orphan (Catherine Hessling) escapes from her cruel uncle and finds refuge with a landowner’s son, but her happiness is short-lived.Read More »

  • Fridrikh Ermler – Dom v sugrobakh AKA The House in the Snowdrift (1927)

    synopsis, autro-transl.: Petrograd. 1919. An unemployed musician, trying to help his sick wife, steals wood from a neighbor – a speculator. Soon he is exposed and disgraced. But once the revolutionary troops are back in the city, there’s work for a musician – to support the morale of the weary soldiers.Read More »

  • Joseph Delmont – Auf einsamer Insel AKA On a Lonely Island (1913)

    A love-triangle in a Dutch fishing village results in the Pietr (wealthy) stranding the Dirk (poor) at sea. The latter ends up in foreign lands with his little pooch. Drama ensues. Lots of lovely outdoor/at sea shots in this one!Read More »

  • Alexandre Volkoff – Casanova (1927)

    Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Blackhawk Films® Collection, Lobster Films and Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone, Italy) is honored to present this newly restored edition Casanova (1927), with a new orchestral score by Günter A. Buchwald, performed by the San Marco Orchestra.

    The iconic French historical drama Casanova, directed by Alexandre Volkoff, and set in 1760s Venice, stars renowned silent film actor Ivan Mosjoukine as the famous philanderer Giacomo Casanova in a flamboyant spectacle of romance, comedy, and intrigue. Shot on location in the Austrian Alps and in Venice, Casanova portrays its dashing central player enjoying a sumptuous and flirtatious existence, until his precarious behavior alerts his rivals and forces him into a life-or-death scenario. Produced by Films Albatros, the film also features Diana Karenne, Suzanne Bianchetti and Rudolf Klein-Rogge.Read More »

  • D.W. Griffith – Rose o’ Salem Town (1910)

    Mark David Welsh wrote:
    A young girl living in Salem attracts the romantic attentions of both a frontiersman and one of the village elders. When she rejects the latter, he attempts to force her to accept him by accusing her of witchcraft…Read More »

  • Frank Ward Rossak – Das Notizbuch des Mr. Pim (1930)

    Das Notizbuch des Mr Pim is structured around competing and contradictory narratives. While notes taken during an interview with a right-wing journalist – a convenient device in a silent film – tell of economic and cultural decline, of the very great damage that the empowerment of the workers has done to ‘das schone alte Wien’ [beautiful old Vienna], this account and its nostalgia for ‘das goldene Wienerherz’ [the golden heart of Vienna] are repeatedly juxtaposed with images of capitalist exploitation, militarism, extreme poverty and grim living conditions in the pre-1918 period. The charges against the Socialist administration are then refuted, almost point by point, as Phyllis and her fiance show their visitor (who, like that other American archetype, Homer Simpson, hails from Springfield, USA!) around the new Vienna, notably taking him to Karl-Marx-Hof in order to disprove the claim that the showpiece of the municipal housebuilding programme is already in need of repair…….Read More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Au bonheur des dames (1930)

    Denise, an orphaned girl, moves to Paris where she hopes to find work at her uncle’s store. But the glamorous department store ‘Aux Bonheur des Dames’ across the street crunches all the little businesses around. She finds a position there.Read More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Le mystère de la tour Eiffel (1928)

    One of two circus twins is cheated of an inheritance by his double, who sets himself up in a chateau.Only to be threatened by a sinister black hooded sect. Rollicking adventures follow, culminating with a big chase on the Eiffel Tower.Read More »

  • Shôzô Makino – Chûkon giretsu – Jitsuroku Chûshingura AKA Chushingura: The Truth (1928)

    Lord Asano Takumi-no-Kami Naganori was charged with receiving a group of envoys from the Imperial Court in Kyoto. He was young and slightly inexperienced, so he was given the task of instructing Lord Asano in the customs of the ceremony.Read More »

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