Silent Film

The 30 Best Silent Movies in Hollywood History

Taste of Cinema picks their favorite 30 silent films that should make up your film watching diet. The first American movies emerged at the dawn of the 19th century. They told short, simple stories, usually about a chase or a gag, serving as low-cost entertainment to the poor, illiterate mass. The birth of Hollywood as Read MoreRead More

Watch this 1907 Edwin S. Porter film The “Teddy” Bears -Which Includes a Very Early Example of Stop Motion Animation

On a hunting trip in 1902, then President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot an American Black Bear that had been tied to a tree. The story became the origin of the Teddy Bear. Here only 5 years after the event, Edwin S. Porter, one of Edison’s chief filmmakers, created a short playing on Goldilocks as Read MoreRead More

“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