Tag Archives: 1920s

The chinaman (1920)

Koko the Clown in a very early example of »The Big Ball of Violence«, a k a »The Fight Cloud«. Visually pleasing, unexpectedly clever, somewhat prejudiced – not in my book. Advertisements

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The great white silence (1924) Increasingly weird and dreadful (in the true sense of the word), this South Pole exploration documentary transforms from naively picturesque and good-natured 1920s infotainment into a chilling tribute to the heroism (!?) of failure, defeat … Continue reading

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Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926) Beautiful, intricate, enchanting silhouettes and exotic subject matter. Unfortunately, the Arabian Nights-inspired story of love and adventure is rather unengaging, partly even ridiculous. Rightfully legendary, but not in my book.

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Prapancha pash (1929) Visual splendor and a few fast-paced scenes cannot make up for the heavy-handed storytelling in this tale of hazardous gambling, evil schemes, and love triumphant. Not in my book.

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The Eagle (1925) The main characters’ motivations, including their pivotal love triangle, are established after a mere two minutes – impressive! From there on it is more than an hour of sentiment, intrigue, complications, romance, and playful fun. Very entertaining, … Continue reading

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Gösta Berlings saga (1924)Vintage Garbo in swedish silent classic. Fairy-talish script, beautifully composed tableaux, wild mood swings and engaging – if sometimes dramaturgically flawed – filmmaking.Charming and emotional, but far too long and te… Continue reading

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Потомок Чингис-Xанаа [Potomok Chingis-khana] (1928) Starting off almost as an etnographical documentary, this adventure yarn of the Wild East turns into an unusual story of humiliation and rebellion, ending impressively in a glorious metaphysical … Continue reading

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