Sex (Expiation) 1920


A broadway actress uses her sex appeal to ruin a marriage only to dump her lover for a richer prospect. A morality story
Director: Fred Niblo
Writer: C. Gardner Sullivan
Stars: Louise Glaum, Irving Cummings, Peggy Pearce




The Devil’s Wheel 1926

The Devil’s Wheel is a 1926 Soviet silent crime film directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg. Wikipedia

Directors: Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg
Screenplay: Adrian Piotrovsky
Production company: Lenfilm
Cinematography: Andrei Moskvin
Cast: Sergei Gerasimov, Pyotr Sobolevsky, Andrei Kostrichkin, Emil Gal, Lyudmila Semyonova, Antonio Tserep

Shiraz 1928


Part Two of the Franz Osten  trilogy.

A historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima (Enakshi) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz (Rai). She is abducted and sold as a slave to Prince Khurram, later Emperor Shah Jehan (Roy), who falls for her, to the chagrin of the wily Dalia (Seeta Devi). When Selima is caught is Shiraz, the young man is condemned to be trampled to death by an elephant. A pendant reveals Selima’s royal status and she saves her brother, marries the prince and becomes Empress Mumtaz Mahal while Dalia is banned for her machinations against Selima. When Selima dies (1629), the emperor builds her a monument to the design of the now old and blind Shiraz, the Taj Mahal. The film contains a number of passionate kissing scenes.

Director: Franz Osten



The Waiters’ Ball 1916



Fatty and Al are competing to take the same girl to the Waiters’ Ball, but the formal dress requirement presents a problem: Fatty owns a tuxedo, but Al does not.

Director: Roscoe Arbuckle
Producer: Mack Sennett
Cast: Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John

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Gustaf Wasa del 1 &2 1928


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The story takes its beginning in 1518 , the Danish King Christian II has taken Sweden. Sten Sture the younger appeal to all loyal subjects to resist. The offer reaches the farmer Mats Waltersson in Dalarna , Sweden’s heart and he gathers his men.

Dalmas were going from house to house, they do not want a Dane on the throne. At Brännkyrka outside Stockholm is a battle between the Danes and Swedes. Swedes win and the Swedish riksbaneret out during the Battle of Gustav Eriksson Vasa .

But after his defeat, the Danish king who by no means given up on a sinister plan, he calls for a meeting with Sten Sture the Younger – but will not itself to the meeting. Instead, he takes the Swedes to capture and bring them to Denmark , among these are Gustaf Wasa. Wasa becomes prisoner of kalo castle in Jutland , but he manages to escape and get to Lubeck , disguised as a peasant. He also manages to return to Sweden, where setbacks are piling up.

Sten Sture is wounded during a battle against the Danes in West and on the way back to Stockholm he dies. In Stockholm, his wife Kristina Sture long bravely resisted against the besiegers Danes, but she soon forced to surrender. It looks bleak for the Swedes

Director: John W. Brunius
Writer: Ivar Johansson
Stars: Gösta Ekman, Edvin Adolphson, Hugo Björne

King Christian II rides busy street by Sweden which he now put under him, while he remembers what he did against the Swedes at the Stockholm Bloodbath .

In dala heels walk a lonely man, dressed as a peasant. It’s the one the Danes would prefer to get hold of – Gustaf Eriksson Vasa . He goes from Rankhyttan to Ornäs , where he is kindly received by the farmer Arendt Persson, but Arendt is a deceitful man who has thought enter Wasa to the Danish bailiff. But Arendt’s wife helps Wasa to escape and he continues his long journey …

Bennie the Howl 1926



The seamy Jewish underworld of Odessa is the setting for Isaac Babel’s story based on the life of gangster king Mishka Yaponchik “Mike the Jap” Vinnitsky. Murder is a way of life for Benya and his gang until he finds himself ensnared in a Bolshevik trap.

Genre: Drama, Silent film Directed by Vladimir Vilner

Writing Credits: Isaak Babel (book)

Matvei Lyarov as Mendel Krik
Yuri Shumsky as Benya Krik – Mendel’s son
Nikolai Nademsky as Kol’ka Pakovski
Ivan Zamychkovsky as Gleczik – the policeman
Sergei Minin as Sobkov – the comissar
A. Goricheva
A. Vabnik
Teodor Brainin as Liovka Byk
Georgi Astafyev
A. Sashin as Savka
M. Smolensky
O. Merlatti
Ye. Lepkovsky as Tartakovski
Leonid Barbe as Muginstein – Tartakovski’s clerk
Anastasiya Kozhevnikova
Ivan Sizov as Kochetkov – Sobkov’s assistant

The Light of Asia (Prem Sanyas) 1925


Franz Osten’s silent films tell varieties of Indian stories. The Light of Asia(Prem Sanyas) (1925) dealt with the life of Buddha. Shiraz (1928) dramatises the events that led to the construction of the Taj Mahal. A Throw of Dice (1929) was based on myths and legends drawn from Indian epic Mahabarata. These movies contributed to increasing the understanding of eastern religions and offered a feast for the senses by showing elephants in festive decoration amid thousands of extras. His huge sets were ideal for escaping from reality; dark-skinned women aroused desire, associating sexuality with primitiveness.

Since early 2000s, there has been a revived interest in silent films in general and the trilogy of Osten are in focus. Shiraz was shown at the Castro Theatre at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2002, Prem Sanyas at the same festival in 2005, and A Throw of Dice in 2008

This adaptation of Arnold’s 1861 Orientalist epic opens with documentary shots of tourists in Bombay watching street performers. Then a white-bearded old man sitting under the bodhi tree tells the tourists the story of Gautama (Rai), son of King Suddodhana (Ukil) and Queen Maya (Bala), who left his consort Gopa (Seeta) and became a wandering teacher credited with founding Buddhism. The religious epic, with its idealized figures, takes up the narrative in flashback and ends with Gopa kneeling before Gautama asking to become his disciple.
– Written by Sujit R. Varma

Directors: Himanshu Rai, Franz Osten