BUSTER KEATON joyful shorts

BUSTER KEATON joyful shorts

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

I am a very huge fan of Buster Keaton. I would say i adore his work so much. He is one of the biggest joys for me to watch his work on screen as he simply is a wonderful act to watch on screen. I would say he ranks among the best of comedy legends all time to my eyes. Buster kreaton is simply one of the true founders of visual comedy and modern comedy in so many ways so to talk him is a real joy now.

The High Sign review

The high sign is one of the best buster kreaton shorts with a ton of amazing athleticism and stunts and tons of gags it really packs a punch. The way takes the house the hard way so many times really shows how far he would go for a gag. Its gags are so wonderful to watch form simple gags to surreal gags as each of the gags stand out giving us joyful and enjoyable gags that will have you laughing at them. Most silent shorts are long on gags but short on plot but this one has his character working in pawnshop and his character climbing houses. Keaton packs in an awful lot of locations and characters and a not insignificant amount of story into nineteen minutes that is amazing in itself. The short ends with Keaton cavorting through a tricked-out house booby-trapped and full of secret passages that shows off physicality and visual inventiveness in such ways that is bar to none simply marvelous. This is a truly wonderful short that you will enjoy anytime.

One week review

One Week is one of the most impressive short films I’ve ever seen. The stunts are absolutely incredible from the very beginning, and they only get bigger and better by the end as this short is so impressive with the stunt work that ranges form simple stunts to more complex stunts as it changes each scene. . Buster Keaton and his newlywed wife are gifted a plot of land and try to build a home for themselves, but things quickly begin to go wrong when the pieces get mixed up as normal everything seems to go wrong with this newly wed couple. The way buster plays in such stunt work is amazing beyond words. You are in for a treat with this wonderful short.

Convict 13 review

Buster Keaton’s first directorial efforts. During a game of golf, Keaton knocks himself out with his own ball and an escaped convict changes clothes with him. The guards mistake him for the prisoner. The joys of this short is the mistaking intent he plays off of trying to escape.  Besides the many obvious things that make Keaton’s performances great are the ways he plays off the camera as he always seems make angles and gags really light up the screen as he is truly the king of comedy as this short shows him at his collective best. Its a fun short that i feel you will enjoy for its simple charms.

The Goat review

Buster gets mistaken for a murderer, dodges the police, plays around on trains. Its noticeable he loves trains as he often would play around them on his shorts and movies often as trains were one thing he adored. This short is charming little gem that has such funny gags and moments as we see it to the end in a simply marvelous gem of a short.

The boat review

The boat is one of his most fun little shorts in my eyes. I adore watching buster deal with this boating trip form hell. Its a fun family trip gone wrong as much buster could get everything wrong with the vacation form sinking his car to sinking the boat to losing it fully in a storm as he simply cannot ever seem to win. A brilliant Keaton short that is endlessly creative and goofy form start to finish which makes it one of my favorite of his shorts.

The paleface review

A Buster Keaton comedy-western as its where Keaton defends some Native Americans from greedy oil-men. Its one of those very fun little shorts its fun to watch buster kreaton play such a soft role that leads to some fun gags and moments. Its fun comedy gem that i feel you will enjoy

cops review

Cops Among Buster Keaton’s short comedies Cops is one of his most recognized and famous and with good reason as its truly one of his best works of comedy. Keaton displays pure athletic ability, daring stunts of his own and simply hilarious comedy. One of the most impressive things in the film for me was the ladder sequence as that is half the size of hat is half the size of the fence as like a seesaw it tips down to the other side, and whilst this is happening, he turns his body around on the ladder whilst it is going down whilst this is happening, he turns his body around on the ladder whilst it is going down. He sees police officers coming, so he shifts his weight to the other side of the ladder, rotating his body once more causing it to tip over as gags of ladders go this is bar none the best of it ever on screen. I would say another scene is Keaton going down the street on his horse and carriage as a cop parade happening as he catches the bomb tossed at it and lights a cigarette with it. I would say its stand out gags and moments all make the comedy stand test of time. Keaton’s best short reel is cops which has some excellent gags and well-executed comedy that makes it his best of works of comedy.

The Electric House review
The Electric House is another great c Keaton short that highlights his delight in all things mechanical. Probably the high point so far of Keaton using technology for laughs as he truly does such wonders with all things mechanical as its a true joy to watch each scene unfold. History buffs will know Keaton broke his ankle filming the escalator scene and had to put the film on hold as he dusted off an old short until the next year then re-shot everything as simply to make everything perfect that makes me adore it even more as its done to perfection.  It is Hilarious, inventive, unique and full of gags. Buster Keaton entertains again in this truly classic short.
Why i adore buster kreaton so much

I simply adore Buster Keaton

because he simply could make any simple gag and many complex gags all work together as I went through his shorts i found that he simply is marvelous with his timing that he manages make any gag truly stand out by his timing as he makes simple gags and many ladder gags all stand out. He is also a wonder with mechanical gags and he adored trains and other modes of transport as he would often use them in his gags and shorts.  He did westerns a few times that managed poke fun at the western in fun ways before western spoofs were a thing. It is truly remarkable managed do so many wonderful gags and stunts without help of anyone. I enjoyed to talk him today i hope you enjoyed my talk on some of his shorts today.

Advertisements

why i adore the tramp

why i adore the tramp(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest)

Charlie-Chaplin

So today I talk about Charlie Chaplin,i watch Charlie Chaplin‘s often as i simply adore his movies. I think he was one of the greatest comedy legends all time. The Immigrant (1917) i would say frankly is one of my favorite shorts starring Charlie Chaplin‘s as he simply is wonderful in the movie. It is suggested by several sources as Chaplin’s favorite of the Mutual shorts.

I simply think one of his greatest creations was the character of the tramp which he started playing in the short film named The Tramp as it was the sixth film made at Essanay starring him. He created one of film’s greatest characters whom can be anyone. He can be a fisherman to a boxer to a fireman as he simply is the every-man. It’s simply a trait many comedies even today use the every-man to make you relate to them more often. The tramp is anyone as he basically everyone as he represents everyone and humanity’s hope to laugh.

Charlie Chaplin shorts began with keystone in 1914 with the short Making a Living as it began his start into the world of the movies. It’s simply a fun short that is very good fun just good acting as he simply still was very raw as this is it his first film as he simply wasn’t the tramp yet but the seeds were there for his raw charms and mannerisms to come. Although rather more aggressive in a way than the little chap in baggy pants as does not feel like the classic tramp. It’s a classic you should see to see what is to come for his work.

 Kid Auto Races at Venice we see Charlie Chaplin play the little tramp as its frist time see this character on screen. It is him playing a very slapstick and funny role as we see him really just becoming a master of comedy before your eyes. It’s the start of the charm of Charlie to make you want to see him again and again. Mabel’s Strange Predicament is an okay short sadly its where the tramp did not play off right as he plays off creepy which goes against type for him. A Thief Catcher shows him in very short yet wonderful cameo it’s a fun short noting write home about. His other shorts form this period of his film-making is good little shorts to watch often.

I would say his first film with Essanay studios his new job you see him finally begin to direct fully and craft his own work. Charlie Chaplin’s tramp goes out for a night of drinking with his cross-eyed friend in his next short which was a night out. It’s simply a marvelous fun comic gem you can re-watch often. The Champion shows what i adore the most about In the Park is not as good as he still trying find his way in comedy its very fun to watch even if he is bit cruel in it. It’s simply not Charlie’s nature it feels against his type. The Tramp is Charlie Chaplin’s sixth film for Essanay Studios which simply is a fun little short that is funny and charming. Funny and charming, It is a timeless comedy that really started the tramp we know and love today as its simply a marvelous creation that is anyone. I adore this short so much. By the Sea is the seventh made under contract at Essanay Studios as it’s a good short just his best work. Burlesque on Carmen which is A spoof of the opera Carmen may be one of my favorite shorts of this era of his work as Burlesque on Carmen is simply fun and enduring to watch unfold. I do adore his work with Essanay Studio so much as they are fun shorts that showcase him growing into the tramp as by time he moved to Mutual as he began really shine bigger.

The Floorwalker really is a fun short that has him caught in mishap as the tramp as we see him try figure way out of it. You say that tramp is at it again. Charlie as an inept fireman bullied by his firecrew in the fireman as he simply is charming and funny as he tries best be a good fireman in this timeless short. Charlie Chaplin plays a wandering violinist seeking love as he truly does make a fun little charming short you see him try his hand at love. I would say One A.M to easy street is fun shorts as his next big leap is The Immigrant.

As usual, Chaplin builds the Tramp’s character through the tiniest of gestures. There’s a moment on the ship, after the Tramp has won some cash from playing card. He learns that the mother played by Edna Purviance character has lost her money. When Purviance looks the other way, the Tramp slips some bills into her coat pocket. It’s simply moments like that you see the humanity shine to the tramp as this tale of The Immigrant may be one of my favorite shorts of his works. Chaplin short takes place on a crowded boat packed with bedraggled immigrants as he is one of them as we see a story that is more human and profound as he is this lovable immigrant version of the tramp as he tries find way in a new city and world. The Tramp’s hope lies in a fellow immigrant Edna Purviance he met on the ship as it gives him hope as he tries best for her to win her love it never comes easy for the tramp. Much of the time the Tramp tries to be a class act it really makes the tramp a profoundly moving person. it ends as both smuggling find place as they find place together. It’s simply a marvelous and moving tale.

The tramp comes across a stray dog. This short is notable not only for its skillful use of trained animals but also for some of the best sight gags in Charlie Chaplin’s repertiore as these gags all feel fresh and raw. You’ve never seen anyone stuff so many pastries in his mouth, escape from a cop by rolling back and forth beneath a fence, or recover a stolen wallet full of cash like Charlie Chaplin. It’s simply fun to watch him even make simple gags shine as he truly is a comic master in this charming short that is marvelous to watch unfold.

This classic comedy movie is one of the first and most astonishing, simple and tender masterpieces of cinema. Chaplin exposes his comedy for the first time in a feature film through a very young alter-ego.  The Kid is where The Tramp finally learns not to care Jr about himself but for others as we see one of the most moving shorts I ever seen. I simply think it’s so enduring.   The Tramp finally finds someone he loves and cares more than him, Jack played by Jackie Coogan. Jackie Coogan and Charlie Chaplin are phenomenal and have great chemistry as he always tries his best to do whatever he can for this boy even finding meals and struggling care for him as normal for the tramp it’s not very easy but it is not easy to care for a family. It’s simply a moving classic tale you should see.

The idle class was written by Charlie Chaplin and directed by Charlie Chaplin and produced by Charlie Chaplin as it also starred Charlie Chaplin with Music composed by Charlie Chaplin as he is simply the film-maker of it in all ways. It’s simply a look upon society trough comedy as best the tramp can do such. It’s simply a marvelous tale with many good gags such as the cocktail shaker was absolutely hilarious. If this was a feature film instead of a short it would likely be better remembered but it’s truly a classic short you simply must see.

The Pilgrim

The Tramp is an escaped convict (wrongfully accused, no doubt!), who steals a priest’s uniform and by sheer luck, gets mistaken as the incoming pastor. Some conflict arrives in the figure of a former cellmate who recognizes the Tramp for who he really is as simply the fun of this short is its funny way he seems always get into more trouble. the sermon in particular is brilliant but the extended gags revolving around a lost hat are good too and Chaplin’s feud with a fellow criminal over a pile of money is great with the usual arsekicking gags replaced by burning each other in the seat of the pants with candles.The final western spoof  is quite good too as its a good moment its such a fun little short.

The gold rush

The film that Charlie Chaplin wanted himself to be remembered for may not be the film for which he’s actually remembered today but that doesn’t mean The Gold Rush is any lesser work of quality from the legendary auteur as it’s truly a very good comedy classic. The Gold Rush tells the story of a lonely prospector who ventures into Alaska looking for gold but ends up finding more than what he asked for. Chaplin’s ability to seamlessly infuse slapstick humor into drama really works here. I would say one of the most famous scenes of him doing the roll dance it’s simply a funny and moving scene to watch unfold on screen as I simply adore that scene. The Gold Rush isn’t Charlie Chaplin’s magnum opus but it’s truly a fun comedy classic you will enjoy.

The Circus 

Wrongfully 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 funnier 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.  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. It’s Charlie at his funniest ever in this movie as he is so amazing and funny each scene. I would say the scenes him in cage are stand out moments as it’s truly funny to watch them unfold. It was real raw and dangerous thing for him too in real life as that was such raw fear and humor at same time which makes them feel so much fun to see unfold on the screen.  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.

City Lights

A film so timeless, so fun, so endearing, so heartwarming that it will always live on as this heart-warming love story may be one of my favorite stories with the tramp. Life was hard for the Blind Girl (Virginia Cherrill). Lacking vision was difficult enough without scraping by on the meager earnings as she comes across the tramp that falls in love with her trying his best to help her out to impress her to win her heart. Life was hard for the Tramp (Charlie Chaplin). His clothes were tattered and ill-fitting. He hadn’t a cent to his name as they struggle it’s so enduring to watch him do many things to win her heart. City Lights employs certain sparing sound effects but is without dialogue a move upon which Chaplin insisted, freeing his camera from the constraints of primitive sound-era equipment and retaining the universality and simplicity that defined the Little Tramp. A comedy love story with the tramp tries his hand at love with Blind Girl and his hot-and-cold relationship with an Eccentric Millionaire. It is the millionaire that they fall out in time as she never cares much for him nor remembers his name as she is often drunk and barely cares for the tramp. The Tramp eats spaghetti at a club while streamers fall, prompting the ingestion of a streamer. I would say one of most stands out moments is the boxing match. one of his most famous comic sequences, in which the Tramp attempts to win a $50 purse against a larger and much more mean-spirited opponent as its comic footwork and movement is so good to see unfold on the screen. The blind girl falls for the tramp that always seems let her down sometimes yet he always manages find way make things work. He is truly at his best as tramp in this movie. One can see why Chaplin said City Lights was his favorite of his films as its simply a classic love story with such wonderful score and wonderful story making it a must see classic for anyone that adores the tramp.

Modern times 

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) is the last movie to feature the tramp as it’s the swan song to the tramp.  The Tramp a character that is so ingrained in the collective conscious of modern film audiences that many know him even if they never saw any of his movies. The Tramp is the most identifiable fictional image in history of film. Modern Times is a look upon the rise of technology in the world, and the American dream. modern time is a satire on capitalism and the drawbacks of the Industrial Revolution and how machines have burgeoned into a menace, dominating all aspects of human life.  Its a tale about the tramp struggling through our modern world as we see this iconic icon struggle with the world’s changes in its factories of our society until he finds love with a homeless woman  who referred to as The Gamin.

They are the only things seeming real in this world gone mad. Its truly a very look upon our modern society. Chaplin makes his most poignant and saddening statement about modern living which tells a story that shows us costs of this society. This movie is truly funny as ever with some of most iconic moments these include The Tramp’s bout with an assembly line and his resulting twitches, his unfortunate encounter with “nose-powder, the moment when he quite literally becomes a cog in the wheels of industry, and his epic struggle to bring roast duck to an angry customer as two other standout moments is the scene in a department store involving a blindfold and some roller-skates and the sequence where The Tramp is submitted to the mad whim of an out-of-control feeding machine.

The other moments are the very funny moment where he sings the non-sense song which truly is the stuff of comedy legend. These are just a handful of moments that make Modern Times the enduring masterpiece that it is. The aspect of the film that resonates strongest with me is its appeal to the idealistic misfit in all of us. In our hearts, many of us long for the simplicity and exuberance with which The Tramp and The Gamin live life which seems lacking in our society. This movie is a wonderful classic with very wonderful acting and direction and a wonderful story that is a funny comedy classic that you can watch anytime. I talked about many movies starring the tramp today as i feel he continues to be one of best icons as modern times ends it off with a wonderful classic that shows his best. The tramp is everyone so he always is timeless. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to the tramp. I hope you enjoyed my tribute.

WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

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.

When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922) (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)(buy it here folks)

The Ruth Rating:

The Bride’s Play

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest


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 The Bride’s Play (1922)  Cosmopolitan Davies pictures leads up its follow up to her breakthrough role in the star-making When Knighthood Was In Flower. This lush romantic drama is presented in a review today.

Marion Davies stars as a Bride at an Irish wedding. According to custom, she asks each man if he is the one she loves best, but when the man she truly loves appears everyone is in for a big surprise.The Bride’s Play review

The Bride’s Play refers to an odd custom probably fictional where an Irish bride circulates among the men in the wedding party and asks them if any one of them is her true love. Marion Davies stars in this role as she plays an Irish lass pursued by an older man (Wyndham Standing) and a rakish poet(Carl Miller) as she simply plays a wonderful role. As with many Davies films this one has a fantasy sequence which shows Davies as a 12th Century woman named Enid who enacts the bride’s play but runs off with her true love when she asks if he is the one she loves best.

Marion Davies had beauty and personality as both emphasized in this wonderful film. Marion Davies is elaborately gowned in both the medieval and the modern wedding sequences. Many of Davies films featured her in elegant costumes due to the wishes of William Randolph Hearst, the producer of her films and her lover the producer of the film. The most interesting aspect of the film is the beautiful cinematography of the film’s setting supposedly Ireland but actually the rugged coast near Carmel, California.

The actors are framed against a background of the picturesque pines and cypress that overhang the cliffs and beaches of the coast. The cinematographer Ira H. Morgan photographed several of Davies’s films in the 1920s including Beauty’s Worth (1922) her next film that also has outstanding photography of the Carmel coast.  Undercrank releasing this wonderful movie in a near pristine gorgeous print really shines as Marion Davies shines throughout. The costumes in the last quarter of the film are exquisitely wild and the final scenes featuring ‘the Bride’s play’ provide a great twist as the soundtrack is simply wonderful. This film is visual treat that will be watched again and again by me often. This is simply a marvelous  classic to watch anytime.

The Bride’s Play (1922) starring Marion Davies(buy it here folks)

The Ruth Rating:

 

modern times

modern times 

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

Modern_Times_poster

So today I talk about modern times for the Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon! and a silents are golden as part of this month’s ongoing theme of reviews as today i review this classic movie by Charles Chaplin which happens to be one of those very classic gems that remains to be timeless even today. I hope you check out other posts form the the Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon! thank as now to the review of this classic movie.

Modern times review

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) is the last movie to feature the tramp as it’s the swan song to the tramp.  The Tramp a character that is so ingrained in the collective conscious of modern film audiences that many know him even if they never saw any of his movies. The Tramp is the most identifiable fictional image in history of film. Modern Times is a look upon the rise of technology in the world, and the American dream. modern time is a satire on capitalism and the drawbacks of the Industrial Revolution and how machines have burgeoned into a menace, dominating all aspects of human life.  Its a tale about the tramp struggling through our modern world as we see this iconic icon struggle with the world’s changes in its factories of our society until he finds love with a homeless woman  who referred to as The Gamin.

They are the only things seeming real in this world gone mad. Its truly a very look upon our modern society. Chaplin makes his most poignant and saddening statement about modern living which tells a story that shows us costs of this society. This movie is truly funny as ever with some of most iconic moments these include The Tramp’s bout with an assembly line and his resulting twitches, his unfortunate encounter with “nose-powder, the moment when he quite literally becomes a cog in the wheels of industry, and his epic struggle to bring roast duck to an angry customer as two other standout moments is the scene in a department store involving a blindfold and some roller-skates and the sequence where The Tramp is submitted to the mad whim of an out-of-control feeding machine.

The other moments are the very funny moment where he sings the non-sense song which truly is the stuff of comedy legend. These are just a handful of moments that make Modern Times the enduring masterpiece that it is. The aspect of the film that resonates strongest with me is its appeal to the idealistic misfit in all of us. In our hearts, many of us long for the simplicity and exuberance with which The Tramp and The Gamin live life which seems lacking in our society. This movie is a wonderful classic with very wonderful acting and direction and a wonderful story that is a funny comedy classic that you can watch anytime.

The Ruth Rating:

Forbidden Fruit

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

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.

The Ruth Rating:

Ella Cinders

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

The theme for august is silents are golden as i begin to explore the many facets of what makes silent movies magical.  Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive as silent movies are often overlooked by movie lovers as they forget about these golden classics. Its a shame as many of these movies are wonderful tales that tell diffrent takes on the classic stories and many orginal ideas that shine brightly. Movie magic does not need to talk to be magical as silents are golden in this month’s theme.  So i begin with a delightful look upon a new twist on the classic  Cinderella story.

Ella Cinders review

Cinderella is one of those stories that often is retold on the screen to many different takes on the classic tale. Cinderella has been performed set in hundreds of times and places as this version takes us on the Hollywood dream of the tale. Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood to be a star.
ELLA CINDERS (First National, 1926) a John McCormick production, directed by Alfred E. Green is a star vehicle for Colleen Moore, a popular silent screen flapper of the 1920s in one of her more notable comedies of her career that has become forgotten through the passage of time. It’s a Hollywood story taken from both comic strip character and Cinderella fairy tale, and reminiscent to Mabel Normand performance in THE EXTRA GIRL (1923).  Ella Cinders is based on a comic strip (or, as the main title has it, “comedy strip”) of the same name that started appearing only the year before the film version was made.

Colleen Moore is brilliant as Ella, funny, warm, beautiful, vivacious. The scene when she finds she has won the contest will move you to tears. Colleen Moore’s performance as Ella Cinders is truly what makes this movie click as Coleen makes the movie a riot with her comedic talent that really seems to match with many other great comedy legends.  Colleen Moore was the real revelation of the picture for me as she carries the story with her delightful charm. This movie mocks Hollywood as its ironic it mocks as it’s basically the Hollywood dream tale it is spoofing.
This silent classic has Terrific trick photography with the delightful Colleen Moore’s performance and Harry Langdon, and even director Alfred E. Green making an appearance with the  comedic charms of Colleen Moore make this silent movie classic a delightful comedy classic you can enjoy anytime.

The Ruth Rating: