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. 

 

Beyond the Mysterious lady

Beyond the Mysterious lady:Finding Greta Garbo

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An enigmatic and elusive star that was Greta Garbo is arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. A legendary actress who combined remarkable beauty with a modern spirit and irresistible allure and mystique that she remains one of the finest actresses of the golden age that always remains a mystery to everyone. Greta Garbo is arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars all time. Today i explore the movies and performances by this remarkable legend for the The Marathon Stars Blogathon. Hosted by Virginie Pronovost thanks to the wonderful host for this wonderful event. Be sure to check out others form this event too. So let me talk about her now.

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 The Marathon Stars Blogathon reviews of Greta Garbo movies

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Queen Christina (1933) review

“I,m tired of being a symbol, Chancellor, I long to be a human being! This longing I cannot suppress!” (Greta Garbo as queen Christina)

Its Greta Garbo at her finest as she truly is a queen on the screen in queen Christina. One of silent cinema’s greatest pairings, Greta Garbo and John Gilbert starred together one last time in Queen Christina as both legends shine together. It is really Greta Garbo that is the big star here as she shines truly as she acts in one of her finest roles all time. John Gilbert was on hard times by time this movie came as he was offered this role. He does a fine job in one of his finest roles on the screen. He does give us such a wonderful performance. The cinematography is beautiful and enchanting. The costumes are truly such a wonder to look at on the screen. Its full of wonderful dialogue. The cast are excellent. as all gives out such wonderful performances as Greta Grabo truly shines as one of the finest of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Camille(1936)Review

The novel/play by Alexandre Dumas Fils LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS has attracted a lot of artists. Verdi wrote his opera LA TRAVIATA basing its content on this play. The film industry have also made a lot of adaptations of the play from the period of silent era up till modern times. However, if one hears a movie title CAMILLE, what usually comes to one’s mind is the film by George Cukor with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor, I would rank this as garbo’s finest hour on the screen.

Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor are really magical together on the screen as both really lights up the screen with a romance that really is such a wonder to watch unfold on the screen. Greta Garbo gives out one of her finest performances if not her finest on the screen as she truly acts with a range of acting that is beyond compare. Robert Taylor is outstanding in his role in this movie. Its acting truly shines in this classic movie as everyone in the cast really gives out such fine performances.


George Cukor directed this movie with such wonderful skill of hand as he directs the wonderful acting  with such great flare and craft to craft a masterpiece.

The cinematography is superb. Almost each scene has a “soul” which makes watching the movie a real admiration of beauty. The most memorable decorations are in the scene in a candle-lit boudoir filled with delicate lighting and shadows. Marguerite is looking at her reflection in the mirror and suddenly notices Armand from behind. A delicate classic musical piece is being played in the background. UNFORGETTABLE! The film’s gorgeous imagery is a very strong point for the movie. Its costumes and sets are also remarkable as they also stand the test of time.

Camille is a film that will live forever thanks to the luminous Greta Garbo and the inspired direction of George Cukor and its wonderful  cinematography and acting as it truly is one of the finest movies ever on the screen.

The ruth rating :five bette's

Grand Hotel(1932)Review

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Based on Vicki Baum’s novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this film is about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where “nothing ever happens.” That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. Greta Garbo is Grusinskaya, a ballerina whose jewels are coveted by Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore), a thief who fancies Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing (Wallace Beery), businessman boss of Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), a terminally ill bookkeeper who is under the care of alcoholic physician Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone). Grand Hotel won Best Picture at the 1932 Academy Awards.

This classic featured an all star cast of talents. They all brought something magical to the table as Greta Garbo leads this all star cast as she shines ever greatly. John Barrymore as  a thief is very wonderful indeed to watch on screen. Joan Crawford a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing is enchanting to watch on screen as she gives us a powerful acting job here. Wallace Beery is ever wonderful as ever as he gives us one of his best roles ever. Lionel Barrymore is ever wonderful as he gives us a powerful performance. Grand hotel has an outstanding cast of actors that really bring class and wonderful acting to the table as it won best picture of 1932 as i can see why as this is an outstanding acting force of nature.  A classic worthy to watch anytime.

The ruth rating :five bette's

Ninotchka(1939)Review

This is one of the best Greta Garbo movies all time. Its famous tagline is garbo laughs. Ninotchka was a great classic by the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch that is one of his crown jewels. A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon’s charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment. Does Greta Garbo really shine? Yes she does in her one of her finest hours.

Garbo laughs was the headlines tagged it to be. It does indeed sum up the charm of this movie too. It has Greta Garbo loosen up in a fun and charming comic gem. It really has Greta Garbo in one of her finest roles on the screen. She really makes us love this character and captures in such raw detail the character. Greta Garbo is amazing as ever as she gives us one of her finest performances on the screen ever. Melvyn Douglas shines in his role. Richard Carle shines and gives us a fine acting job. Ina Claire is amazing in her role .Béla Lugosi as Razinin in a short bit of the movie even that small bit is enough for him to shine greatly. The acting is just amazing and top notch as ever as Ernst Lubitsch gets some fine performances by everyone in the cast.

Ninotchka has Ernst Lubitsch direct and craft out such wonderful acting performances that has garbo turn in a role that is very much From the moment she appears in this film belongs to Greta Garbo as Ninotchka. She is dazzling and has perfect comic delivery both in her stern and rigid and romantic stages. It really has her give us a performance that is unlike anything she did before as she gives us one of her finest roles and a different role then her other roles. The humor in this film is consistently excellent and has two dimensions to it. First, it is funny as a romantic comedy. However, secondly it is also funny as a critique of the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union as it does make fun of it softly but does it in way to be fun and nice.

Ernst Lubitsch directs with his usual wit and flair while also poking fun at serious subjects at the time as Greta Garbo gives us one of her finest hours with such a wonderful performance that has such great comic wit and charm that rivals the great Cary grant. Melvyn Douglas has never been more suave with such a wonderful and charming role. It has all of the actors give us top performances at their finest hours. A true masterpiece of the Golden Age, Ninotchka is not to be missed by anyone who loves the movies.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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So today I talked about 4 of her classic movies. I would say that Greta Garbo was An enigmatic and elusive star with such Beauty and talent. She starred in 32 movies from 1920 to 1939 as she always remained one of those fine legend’s many did not ever understand yet her magic and beauty made her a legend that will never leave our hearts as she is such a magical actress of talent and charm. So today check out the classics of Greta Garbo as she remains one of the finest legends all time. Thanks to wonderful host of The Marathon Stars Blogathon hosted by Virginie Pronovost thanks to the wonderful host for this wonderful event as it such a joy to talk about this wonderful legend.