Everyone has seen the Wizard Of Oz! The musical was one of the first films to prove that the expensive Technicolor process could be profitable. Studio head Louis B Mayer (of MGM) demanded the film be as colourful as possible. The teams crafted every scene… Read More »The Costume Quirks of The Wizard Of Oz
Silent film legend Theda Bara looks stunning as “Cleopatra” in 1917. The costumes she wears could rival those of Elizabeth Taylor. Her intense stare into the camera lens in the publicity is inciting. The stills alone sell the film so well. Unfortunately, we may never… Read More »What is a lost film?
Dancing and beautiful dresses go hand in hand. The swish and swing of an outfit amplifies every movement. Ginger Rogers’ costumes in her films are almost as stunning as her dancing talent. One of Rogers’ most famous dresses is this one, from the Cheek to… Read More »From Disaster to Iconic Gown – The ‘Top Hat’ Feather Incident
Mary Pickford is the undeniable queen of the silent era. She was the most prominent female star of the silent era. Her fame earnt her the title of “America’s Sweetheart”. At her peak, the only actor who matched her fame and box office draw was… Read More »10 Things You Should Know About Mary Pickford
“Silent Film” is a term used to describe movies that have no recorded sound. Films were silent when they first came about in the early 1890s. Recorded sound existed at this point, but the technology could not serve a whole theatre. The Technology for recorded… Read More »What is Silent Film?
It’s surprising that a comedian known for his verbal dexterity and deadpan delivery says his heroes as silent film stars. But, Paul Merton’s love and passion for early cinema are legendary. He comes across as someone who’s both knowledgeable and passionate. Again, it feels strange… Read More »Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema
The 1st of June marks Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday. The tragic star appeared in 29 films and won 10 awards over the span of her career. She died in 1962, aged just 36. She’s immortalised today as an iconic face of the 1950s, and as a… Read More »9 Facts You Should Know About Marilyn Monroe
For many, Charlie Chaplin is one of the most iconic faces in Silent Cinema. His iconic costume and classic slapstick approach have made his legacy endure. Chaplin is a gateway into silent comedy. His stories are easy to follow, funny and engaging. If you’re looking… Read More »Charlie Chaplin for Beginners: 4 Films to Get You Started
In the early years of the 1900s, the film industry was picking up. Films were being churned out at an extremely high rate. They were cheaply made and lasted around a few minutes. Most were depicting real-life situations (“Actualities”) or single scene sketches. This early… Read More »Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902)
Jaunty piano music, stunning costumes, and a distinct lack of health and safety – Silent films has it all. There are thousands of silent movies out there, ready to be watched. But where do you start? What are the best silent movies for beginners? Silent… Read More »5 Silent Movies For Beginners