Silent Film

“How to Make Movies” by Charlie Chaplin, 1918

Charlie Chaplin made this film in 1918 to show the First National Picture Corporation when he signed to produce movies with them. It plays like a “Behind The Scenes” feature. Chaplin never released the movie for the general public. It was hidden in Chaplin’s private vaults for forty years until he included some parts of Read MoreRead More

Hitchcock’s Earliest Film: “The White Shadow” (1924)

While combing over some nitrate prints in New Zealand’s Film Archive Leslie Lewis discovered what would turn out to be Hitchcock’s oldest surviving film print. Along with conservators Kurt Otzen and Louise McCrone they have preserved the nitrate print and made it available online: Click here to see the filmRead More

Harold Lloyd’s Hollywood – On Location Then and Now

Harold Llyod ranks among stars like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most influential comedians of the Silent Era. He used real locations in LA as his backlot. Annette Lloyd (fan and scholar) traces his steps and checks up on some of those locations to see how things have changed in the better part of a century.Read More