After a long rest, my Alfred Hitchcock project continues with a romantic comedy (Really? From Hitchcock?) from 1928, The Farmer’s Wife.
Today I take a look at the best movies I saw this year from the ’20s and ’30s.
With apologies to my friend Movies Silently, I must confess that silent movies are still quite a blindspot for me. I’m almost never disappointed when I watch silent films, but I think it’s getting myself in the right frame of mind to watch them that keeps me from watching more often. Just know that it’s something I’m still working on… So here are the silent films I most enjoyed in 2017:
Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era – Frank Thompson
Men With Wings Press, 2017
Trade paperback, 104 pages with photographs, notes (bibliography), people index, film title index
Even with the current technological potential to make movies practically anywhere in the world, when we think of motion pictures in general, we often think of those shot in Hollywood and New York. Sure, you might see an occasional American movie filmed in San Francisco, Chicago, maybe the South or the Southwest, or even New England, but we’ve come to believe that the bulk of American films are produced in New York or L.A.
Here comes Frank Thompson to turn your world upside down.
Directed by F.W. Murnau
Written by Gerhart Hauptman, Hans Kyser, based on the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Produced by Erich Pommer
Cinematography by Carl Hoffmann
Edited by Elfi Böttrich
Universum Film (Germany), MGM (US)
Amazon streaming (1:47)
L’inhumaine (1924) Marcel L’Herbier
Flicker Alley Blu-ray (2:02)
Almost anyone who loves science fiction movies will have at some point watched at least part of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927). Maybe it’s the only silent science fiction film they’ve ever seen. (I know that was the case with me for several years.) Yet other silent sf films are also worth your attention, such as The Lost World (1925), A Trip to the Moon (1902) and many others. Now, thanks to a stellar new release from Flicker Alley, you can add L’inhumaine (1924) to that list.