Sands Of Sacrifice 1921

Also Known as Tangled Trails


Corporal Jack Borden, of the Northwest Mounted Police, trails the man who killed his partner to New York City. The killer is an unscrupulous promoter who is selling worthless stock in a gold mine. Borden, with the help of Blanche Hall, locates the man in a Bowery dive, but he escapes and Borden tracks him back to Canada. Along the way, he discovers that Blanche and his sweetheart, Milly, are long-separated sisters and brings about a reconciliation.
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Director: Charles Bartlett
Writers: Charles Bartlett (story)
Stars: Neal Hart, Violet Palmer, Gladys Hampton


Among Those Present 1921

among those presant

An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman.

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer
Music composed by: Robert Israel
Screenplay: Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, H. M. Walker
Story by: Hal Roach, Sam Taylor

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, James T. Kelley

The Bell Hop 1921

The Bellhop

A government official staying in a hotel puts some important secret papers in the hotel safe. A ring of spies out to get the papers manages to steal them from the safe, and a lady government agent enlists the help of the hotel’s bumbling bellhop in getting back the papers and breaking up the spy ring.
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Initial release: September 18, 1921
Directors: Larry Semon, Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Larry Semon, Norman Taurog
Story by: Larry Semon, Norman Taurog
Producers: Larry Semon, Albert E. Smith
Stars: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Frank Alexander

The Idle Class 1921


the idle class

The Idle Class is a 1921 American silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin for First National Pictures. Wikipedia
Initial release: September 25, 1921 (USA)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Producer: Charlie Chaplin
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin
Cinematography: Roland Totheroh

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Charles Aber


Opus II 1921

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“Ruttmann’s visual style is considered to be more playful and impressionistic than Eggeling’s and Richter’s and produces an overall painterly feel both in technique and in the use of screen, colour and movement. Indeed, his technical methods were also painterly and would have had a definite bearing on the resulting imagery. His Opus films have been described as paintings that move in time. While Richter and Eggeling focussed on figures, forms and time relationships between visual elements, Ruttmann focussed on a more expressive visual aesthetic for his imagery. He exploited ‘movement and colour to create choreographies, where entrances and exits, collisions and complementary trajectories establish a linear, cumulative scenario or development in which new configurations, colours and shapes appear right to the last moments of the film’.” (Jennifer Valcke, Static Films and Moving Pictures: Montage in Avant-Garde Photography and Film, p173)

Animation, Short

Director: Walter Ruttmann

Dream Street 1921


Three men in London compete for the love of a dance-hall girl.
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Thomas Burke (short story collection “Limehouse Nights”), D.W. Griffith (as Roy Sinclair)
Stars: Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack, Ralph Graves


Lichtspiel: Opus I 1921

“Walter Ruttmann’s Lichtspiel Opus I premiered in Germany in 1921, the first abstract film to be publicly screened. In the film, Ruttmann mastered the technical means to realise his abstract imagery in film. He patented his particular technical methods in 1921. William Moritz provides an interesting description of his method: ‘[Ruttmann’s] first animations for Opus No. I were painted with oil on glass plates beneath an animation camera, shooting a frame after each brush stroke or each alteration because the wet paint could be wiped away or modified quite easily. He later combined this with geometric cut-outs on a separate layer of glass’.”
Film & Animation

Director: Walter Ruttmann