Tag Archives: 1910s

Alice in Wonderland (1915)

More elaborate and far longer than earlier silent versions, this one comes with a strangely unnecessary explanatory intro and an unconventionally unstressed rabbit luring Alice into »Dreamland« – major spoiler alert! Weirdly cool animal costumes and a charming lead actress, … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland (1910)

Too many arm-waving, talky longueurs makes this quite tedious despite the short running time and high amount of wondrous happenings. Technically superior to the 1903 version, of course, but still not in my book of rabbit holes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxPDs8Q–Y

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Métamorphoses (1912)

A stage act with »magic« stop motion parts and »spectacular« double-exposure end. Must have been thoroughly baffling more than a hundred years ago. Today, not much so. Odd, extremely meaningless, only very mildly entertaining. Not in my book of various … Continue reading

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Santa Claus vs Cupid (1915)

A large and diverse array of characters introduced in hasty succession creates a rather confusing start, and unfortunately it takes too long for things to get clearer. All is well that eventually ends well for both rich and poor, but … Continue reading

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When love took wings (1915)

A courting comedy featuring three weirdlooking suitors, one suspiciously willing bride to be, a surprisingly vital old father – and a carload of triggerhappy policemen! Fast, spunky, zany. Not in my high-flying book of marital hindrances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnFQ-lEbJpU

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The land beyond the sunset (1912)

Miserable reality is tinted by shimmering fantasy as everyday poverty and abuse is contrasted to fairytale idyll. Uneven acting and story with an unexpected, ambiguous tearjerker finale. Bittersweet, though not in my book of probably well-meaning but somehow misguided welfare … Continue reading

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One is business, the other crime (1912)

»Let him go. He is no worse than you.« A melodramatic morality if ever there was one. Two couples face contrasting tribulations in a cinematic lesson concerning temptation and honesty. Effectively told saga of struggle, compassion, and awakening conscience. Too … Continue reading

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