Work 1915

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Work is a 1915 silent film starring Charlie Chaplin, and co-starring Edna Purviance, Marta Golden and Charles Inslee. It was filmed at the Majestic Studio in Los Angeles. Wikipedia

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Marta Golden, Edna Purviance

One Too Many 1916

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When his uncle arrives for a visit, Plump has to find a wife and baby in a hurry. With the help of his friend, Runt, soon there are wives and babies everywhere.
Director: Will Louis
Stars: Oliver Hardy, Billy Ruge, Billy Bletcher

Fievre 1921

 

 

The name of French critic-turned-film director Louis Delluc (1890-1924) is all but unknown nowadays; he was the contemporary of such French cinema luminaries as Jean Epstein, Abel Gance and Marcel L’Herbier and is credited with founding the first cine’-club. Indeed, the French have instituted a “Prix Louis Delluc” which has since been awarded to many renowned native film-makers. Even so, he is best-remembered for two of the seven films he made but, unfortunately, only one of them seems to be readily available – on “You Tube”, of all places! – (albeit in a 31 minute-version, as opposed to the “official” 50…but one is never too sure about the correct length of Silent films!); for the record, the other one is entitled LA FEMME DE NULLE PART (1922). Having said that, not even the exhaustive “Films De France” website has much at all to say about Delluc so scarce is the exposure of his work!

The story is a set in a seaside town that seems straight out of Marcel Pagnol’s famous “Marius” trilogy: the barmaid of the local tavern (played by Ève Francis, the director’s wife) is married to jealous tavern owner (Gaston Modot – earning another feather in his distinguished cap since he would later be starring in the apogée of French avant-garde cinema, Luis Buñuel’s L’AGE D’OR {1930}, and French cinema itself, Jean Renoir’s THE RULES OF THE GAME {1939}) but her mind wanders to her absent sailor lover (Edmond Van Daële) – cue copious irises of sailing ships. Their clientele is the expected company of indolent card-players, tipsy drunkards, sensitive spinsters and devious prudes.

Before long, Van Daële’s ship does indeed dock in the port and he makes his way to the tavern with his rowdy crew and Asian wife (who had recently nursed him back to health)! Francis does not take kindly to this intrusion, nor does Modot to his wife’s excessive attentions to her former beau. Soon a kind of fever takes over Francis (who, aided by her sluttish flunkies, violently attacks the Asian girl) and Modot (who fatally assaults Van Daële and, anticipating the aforementioned Buñuel classic, tramples underfoot the dying man’s head!); once tragedy strikes, the sailors beat up Modot in his cellar and drag him away, as Francis mourns her dead lover. The Asian girl has meanwhile found refuge with a lonely spinster and the local authorities arrive to take Francis away. Another significant asset here was the beautiful piano-led score that turns into a synth-based chorale once all hell breaks loose.

Director: Louis Delluc
Writer: Louis Delluc
Stars: Ève Francis, Edmond Van Daële, Gaston Modot

Stark Love 1927

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7.1/10 · IMDb
In a Carolina mountain community, young Rob Warwick (Forrest James), unlike most of his neighbors, learns to read and write, which opens a world of knowledge for him. Rob confides his plan to attend school to his close friend Barbara (Helen Munday), then leaves the mountain for the local settlement. There, Rob sells his horse to pay for school — but enrolls Barbara instead of himself. But when he returns to the mountain, Rob learns his mother has died, and his father plans to marry Barbara.

By the Sea 1915

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By the Sea is a 1915 American comedy film Charlie Chaplin made while waiting for a studio to work in Los Angeles. He had just left Niles Essanay Studio after doing five films at that location. Wikipedia

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Ed Armstrong, Edna Purviance

The Dragon Painter 1919

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Tatsu (Sessue Hayakawa) is a reclusive, tortured artist who continually paints brilliant pictures of a dragon that has the soul of a princess. When Tatsu meets the beautiful Ume Ko (Tsuru Aoki), he thinks that she is the living embodiment of the princess he has spent years imagining. He immediately falls for Ume Ko; initially overjoyed, Tatsu soon becomes despondent when he realizes he has lost his inspiration to paint. He must now somehow learn to balance love with artistic fervor.

Director: William Worthington

Stars: Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Edward Peil Sr.

A good review for this movie can be found at http://moviessilently.com/2014/05/25/the-dragon-painter-1919-a-silent-film-review/

 

 

The Hansom Cabman 1924

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Harry Doolittle wakes up on the day he’s to marry Betty Bright. He has a terrible hangover. A strange woman appears in his room saying that he married her the night before, and just then, his fiancée and her mother arrive. There’s anger all around, leading to Harry’s arrest. He’s jailed while awaiting trial in front of Betty’s father, a judge. She visits him in the clink. He escapes and disguises himself as a cabman. The police are looking for him, as are his fiancée and her mother. Will it get straightened out in time for wedding bells to ring?

Director: Harry Edwards
Stars: Harry Langdon, Marceline Day, Charlotte Mineau