WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER

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My Silents are golden theme continues with another look upon another classic silent movie classic as i continue to explore the many facets of silent movies as this era has such vast richness and depth to its storytelling. Today’s review is WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER in which is her debut movie. Its end of my themed month i hope you enjoyed theme.

WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER review

This 1922 production (now restored) was at the time the most expensive picture ever made. It was also a major box-office hit. Marion Davies plays Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and intended bride of old Louis of France. But she’s in love with the dashing Charles Brandon (Forrest Stanley). After Brandon is framed for murder, Mary agrees to bargain with Henry: he’ll spare Brandon’s life if she willingly marries old Louis. She counters that she will agree if she can choose her second husband. Henry agrees.

The breathtaking restoration on this film with the original tinting scheme and digital hand-coloring restored is one very wonderful thing to look upon. Marion Davies does give a wonderful performance. I really love her comedies which stand among some of best of silent era as good example the patsy and Show People.She did a very good job in a dramatic role here. There are also glimpses of her comedic talent in several scenes such as when she’s buttering up her older brother to get something that she wants, and when she’s being obstinate and refuses to get out of bed to meet King Louis’ envoy.

What makes this movie is that Marion Davies is no heavyweight in the dramatic apartment and she’s the one always in focus. Davies is a comedienne and barely get to do anything to suit her trait apart from pull a few goofy faces which does come off as a shame but still a very good role and acting by her. She is supported by her frequent co-star Forrest Stanley whom gives a very good role here. William Powell, who mostly played villainous characters during the silent period, has a small role in which he does a good job in his role. This movie is simply a very good classic gem that should please any fans of Marion Davies, Hollywood epics and/or English history should find a lot to love as its simply a classic silent movie that is another marvelous classic you should see anytime.

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Forbidden Fruit

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My Silents are golden theme continues with another look upon another classic silent movie classic as i continue to explore the many facets of silent movies as this era has such vast richness and depth to its storytelling. Today’s review is Forbidden Fruit (1921) a movie that is Cinderella-of-the-Tenements tale, Forbidden Fruit is also a decadent slice of the twenties, as viewed through the extravagant lens of Cecil B. DeMille.  So another review of a classic movie today is presented of a classic movie as today’s review of when Forbidden Fruit (1921)r is presented now.

Forbidden Fruit review

Cecil B. DeMille is in good form in this drama centering on a poor seamstress (Agnes Ayres) who gets caught up in a web of deceit and murder when she accepts an invitation by a social climber (Kathlyn Williams) to fill out her dinner table by posing as Natalie Webb. The scheme is to fill the table with pretty young women to stall a potential business partner (Forrest Stanley) from leaving town before he can invest in the husband’s (Theodore Roberts) oil venture.

This movie has a good story with good acting that has such wonderful ideas by its director.  The DeMille/Macpherson team could not resist driving home their Cinderella point without a decadent fantasy sequence which happens to be a highlight of this movie as its truly one of those marvelous scenes.  I rather enjoyed the scenes and felt that they blended nicely into the narrative. Okay, so it’s obvious. Still, the scenes are imaginatively staged and fun to watch. Another notch in the film’s favor is the delightfully over-the-top set and costume design. Natacha Rambova took the usual Rococo look that Cinderella is often saddled with and made it transparent. We end up with a kind of science fiction French court that stands out among classic movies sets of this sort. A light-up skirt for the fairy godmother. The look is amplified by the glass sets and stylized performances. Forbidden Fruit could have benefited from better leads its acting is still good. The costumes are divine, the supporting performances are excellent and the script is surprisingly smart. With its nimble pacing and flip zaniness, it is never boring to watch this very fun classic that i hope comes out on DVD soon.

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Silent movie thoughts

Silent movie thoughts

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Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive.  I am a huge lover of movies. Its the always the dark and those wonderful people on the screen. To me when you watch a good classic movie it sets upon many things as it opens one’s eyes to what many calls movie magic as today i talk some thoughts on silent movies. 

Way Down East quick review.WDE-PosterWay Down East is a parable with simple values told on a bravura scale.  Lillian Gish is wonderful in her role as she truly nails home the role as she brings home one of the finest performances all time. D.W Griffith shows his considerable skills in this film as he crafts out such a wonderful melodrama. Billy Bitzer again shows why he is such an influential cinematographer with long shots and intimate close-ups, and occasional use of tracking and panning. The scenery in the countryside is lush and beautiful, and is captured superbly by  Billy Bitzer’s lens. Way down East has fine performances with wonderful cinematography that is a moving drama for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

flesh and the devil(1926) quick review

In this silent drama, lifelong school chums Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are soldiers in the German army. Leo falls in love with Countess Felicitas (Greta Garbo) and courts her, which enrages her husband (Marc McDermott). When Leo fights a duel with and kills the Count, he is deployed to Africa for five years as punishment. Leo returns to find that Ulrich has fallen for Felicitas, but she resumes her amorous pursuit of Leo, thus pushing the limits of their friendship.

I had seen this movie as i have the collection of Garbo. I really admire her work on Cinema. This chemistry between Gilbert and Garbo which has them fall in love. It’s really shows as they did really fall in love during filming. Its melodramatic as they come but i love it even more for that trait. It’s the magic of Gilbert and Garbo together that really makes me love this movie even more. It’s a classic that moves you and makes you feel for them both as one of the true classics.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Way Down East Icy scene thoughts

The famous climax on the floating river of ice is still amazing as it is one of finest Cinematography shots all time as it’s a real shot really shot over such a dangerous condition. Lillian Gish showed true heroism as she braved all the dangers to bring out one of the most remarkable scenes all time. It was inspired by a scene in uncle tom’s cabin this famous scene. It was so dangerous that Lillian couldn’t stand it at all as she demanded a double it was same treatment for the double. Its truly one scene that did break ground in many ways as this scene is often considered to be daring for its time.

Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish lead this silent movie classic as we see these two sisters overcome everything in their paths. It’s an emotional journey for both sisters in this classic gem as we see them struggle throughout this classic gem. The movie really lands home because of the remarkable acting of the Gish Sisters, Lillian & Dorothy. Acclaimed for her comedic talents, Dorothy here gives an almost completely serious performance, portraying a blind girl cruelly separated from her beloved sister and forced to beg in the streets. Lillian, her classic face mirroring a myriad of emotions, plays the sibling persecuted by both lecherous aristocrats and rapacious revolutionaries. They both together give us a role that is profoundly deep and wonderfully crafted. It’s The scope of the film is enormous with lavish sets and costumes also standing out too as it’s amazing to see on screen. Its one finely acted gem that you should check out today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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A boy (Harold Lloyd) moves to New York City to make enough money to support his loving girlfriend (Mildred Davis), but soon discovers that making it in the big city is harder than it looks. When he hears that a store manager will pay $1,000 to anyone who can draw people to his store, he convinces his friend, the “human fly,” (Bill Strother) to climb the building and split the profit with him. But when his pal gets in trouble with the law, he must complete the crazy stunt on his own.(goggle plot)

Safety last is a funny silent movie throughout it. This movie is likely among the best of silent movie comedies. Harold Lloyd is very wonderful as an earnest young man trying to make good in the big city so that he can impress his girlfriend. Mildred Davis really is such a joy in her role as she truly is fun in that role. Bill Strother is wonderful in his respective role. The plot is very soft before the bigger gags come into play with slight gags. The daredevil stunts of him truly is something wonderful as the many scenes really are such a fun joy to watch unfold on the screen. Harold Lloyd climbing in the most famous stunt of the movie really is a wonder to watch on screen. This movie is a fun little gem to watch.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The Circus (1928) quick reviewWrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.(goggle plot)

The little tramp is chased into a Circus during a performance as his antics prove to be more funny then the clowns. This movie is more aware of its comedy elements. This movie is not considered as noteworthy as City Lights or Modern Times or The Gold Rush yet this movie contains some of his best work on the screen. Charlie Chaplin’s tramp in his funniest role on the screen. The Circus’ is an all-around Chaplin effort. In addition to playing the lead role, he wrote, directed, produced and edited it, and composed the music as well as this movie is such a wonderful production of all regards that he did for it. Each sequence was made to make the most of the humor to make the  audience laugh. Its Charlie at his funniest ever in this movie as he is so amazing and funny each scene. The ending sequence is especially heartrending as it does what many of his movies do jerks at the emotions at same time as makes us make us laugh or smile. This movie has a blend of comedy and poignancy throughout it with  sympathetic characters to balance out the clowning on the screen. This may be  Charlie Chaplin’s truly overlooked gem that is a classic for anyone to watch anytime.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Today I talked about some silent movies that I adore as there is more to silent movies then just pies in faces as it has so much depth to them that many forget about that silent movies are far deeper movies. They are such classics to enjoy often. Silent movies will forever remain timeless as these classics are bound to be watched for ages to come. I hope you enjoyed my look upon these golden classic movies form the silent movie era of movies.