Tag Archives: 1920s

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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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La souriante Madame Beudet (1923) Strange and moody chamber play on the trappings of marriage. Swaying wildly from farce to dream scenes to deep tragedy, this one is interesting on many levels, though contrived and incoherent. A rather unresolved … Continue reading

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