Their One Love 1915

Fairbanks twins

In the 1850s twin girls fall in love with the same young man, and must struggle with their feelings once he goes off to fight in the Civil War.

One of the numerous Civil War films made 50 years after the end of the war. The film industry was not yet 10 years old and the first motion picture theater to exclusively show films was not built until 1905. Released by Thanhouser Company only weeks after Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, the night battle scenes with 11 shots of pyrotechnics and electric lighting effects made Their One Love a much more elaborate drama than Griffith’s film. Their One Love is considered to be the first film to fully utilize night cinematography.
Film makers were becoming very aware of the emotional effect their work could have on an audience and none were better than playing to an audience’s passion and sensibilities than Edwin and Gertrude Thanhouser, the company’s founders. Their One Love was written by Gertrude Thanhouser.
The film stars Madeline and Marion Fairbanks who were barely 14 during the shooting of the film and the girls became immensely popular in the US becoming known as the Thanhouser Twins. From 1912 to 1916, the twins made 48 movies for the Thanhouser Company and after Thanhouser no longer existed, appeared in several more films for studios such as Warner Brothers. The movie was shot in and around New Rochelle, NY. This movie was first legally exhibited in 1915 and all movies legally exhibited before December 31, 1922 are in the public domain. For more of these Thanhouser movies visit http://www.thanhouser.org~~!they also have a facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thanhouse
Director: Jack Harvey
Writer: Gertrude Thanhouser

Production Co: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Stars: Madeline Fairbanks, Marion Fairbanks, Robert Wilson

 

Alas and Alack 1915

alas and alack

A fishwife tells her young daughter a fairy story about a princess imprisoned by a hunchback in a seashell, a story that parallels her own life.
Director: Joseph De Grasse
Writer: Ida May Park
Stars: Cleo Madison, Arthur Shirley, Mary Kearnen, Lon Chaney.

A Submarine Pirate 1915

A submarine pirate

An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral’s uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself.
Directors: Charles Avery, Syd Chaplin
Writer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Syd Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Glen Cavender

Children of the Age 1915

children ofthe age

Also known as Deti veka

This film tells the story of Maria (Vera Kholodnaya), a devoted wife of a bank employee. The couple has a cozy life; they have a baby but he is cared for by their maid so Maria can spend her time doing terrific things like going shopping. During one of these consumer afternoons Maria meets by chance an old friend, Lidia, who will introduce her to exclusive idle social circles. Soon Maria’s beauty attracts the interest of Lebedev, a rich old libertine. From that point on Maria suffers continual sexual harassment (worthy of inclusion of any silent film encyclopedia article on beleaguered heroines) which she resists for a time. In the end however she falls into his bourgeois claws….letterboxd

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Writer: M. Mikhailov (scenario)
Stars: Arseniy Bibikov, V. Glinskaya, Ivan Gorskij, Vera Kholodnaya

Daydreams 1915

daydreams

Also known as Gryozy

IMDB 7.1

 

Sergei’s beloved wife Yelena has passed away, and the bereaved husband is inconsolable. He remains obsessed with pictures of Yelena and with a braid of her hair that he has saved. One day, while walking in the street, he passes by a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Yelena. He follows her to a theater where the woman, an actress named Tina, is part of an opera. After the performance, Sergei goes back stage, and he soon strikes up a friendship with Tina. But it is not long before his obsessions create severe tensions in their relationship.
– Written by Snow Leopard

Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Writers: Georges Rodenbach (after: “Bruges-la-Morte”), M. Bassow
Stars: Alexander Wyrubow, F. Werchowzewa, Viktor Arens

 

The Hypocrites 1915

 

 

The Hypocrites

 

The film follows the parallel stories of an early Christian ascetic and a modern minister, with most actors in dual roles. Gabriel (Courteney Foote) is a medieval monk who devotes himself to completing a statue of “Truth,” only to be murdered by a mob when his work turns out to be an image of a naked woman. The contemporary Gabriel is the pastor of a large wealthy urban congregation for whom religion is a matter of appearances, not beliefs. The hypocrisy of the congregation is exposed by a series of vignettes in which the Naked Truth, literally portrayed by a nude Margaret Edwards, reveals their appetites for money, sex and power.
Initial release: January 1915
Directors: Lois Weber, Nate Watt
Box office: 119,000 USD (U.S.)
Budget: 18,000 USD
Producer: Hobart Bosworth

Cast
Courtenay Foote – Gabriel, the Ascetic
Myrtle Stedman – The Woman
Herbert Standing – The Abbot
Adele Farrington – The Queen
Margaret Edwards (1877–1929) – The Naked Truth
Charles Villiers – the Minister[2]

The Madness of Dr.Tube 1915

La Folie du Docteur Tube

Also know as La Folie du docteur Tube

short silent experimental film directed by Abel Gance, in which a scientist takes a white powder, and then hallucinates. Gance shows the man’s hallucinations by using a series of distorting lenses on the camera

Director: Abel Gance
Writer: Abel Gance
Star: Albert Dieudonné