Yearly Roundup – 1925/1926
Posted by martinteller on August 15, 2012
The Cream of the Crop
I’m relatively weak on the silent era, so I’ll be grouping some early years together. The only standout I have for either of these years is A Page of Madness, Kinugasa’s delirious horror/drama set in an insane asylum. Still desperately hoping for a proper home release of this dazzling film.
Update 3/18/2014: Victor Sjostrom’s adaptation of The Scarlet Letter with Lillian Gish is superb.
Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty
For most people, the big Soviet film of these years is Battleship Potemkin. I’m not quite as fond of that one, I actually prefer Eisenstein’s debut feature Strike. Also mad props to Pudovkin’s Mother, heavy on propaganda but highly enjoyable. Vidor’s The Big Parade takes some time to find its legs, but the battle scenes are astonishing. In the world of shorts, Cavalcanti’s Rien que les heures is a beautiful “city symphony” film.
Varying Degrees of Like
Varying Degrees of Hate
Some Notable Films In The Middle
Anémic Cinéma, Battling Butler, Flesh and the Devil, Lady Windemere’s Fan, The Lost World, The Merry Widow, Paris qui dort, The Pleasure Garden, The Song of Home