New Obsession : Silent Films


This weekend I’ve been focusing on writing an essay which is due tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’m very easily distracted. In researching this particular essay, I had the pleasure of doing something that’s been on my list for quite a while – watch a silent film.

Silent films are such a romantic idea for me. The silent film era stars like Mary Pickford & Theda Bara are all so dramatic and mysterious to me. I loved watching their Biographies on A&E when I was growing up. I feel like I know so much about them yet I had never seen any of there films. Fortunately, YouTube has many full length silent films online. How fantastic is that? Plus, I just downloaded the new YouTube app for Wii and it’s seriously amazing.

The film I watched was the 1914 version of Cinderella starring Mary Pickford.

What surprised me most about this film was how compelling it is. I thought I would be so bored without any music but I was completely on board with it. Also, liI was really impressed with some of the technical skills. The moments when the Fairy Godmother appeared were actually gradual. I had assumed that would only be accomplished by panning away or one of those instant boom appearances like in cartoons. It made me wish I was still enrolled in a film studies course.

Also, I’ve read recently that there is going to be a new Mary Pickford film released next year. I’m very excited about it. I love Hollywood movies about Hollywood. 🙂

Have you seen any silent films? What is your favourite?


Tribute: Cary Grant

Happy Birthday to one of my all-time favourites – Cary Grant!

Smoking is bad I know but he looks so dashing here. Smoking only really looks sexy pre-1980 I think.

I love Cary Grant’s timeless style and sass. It’s kind of sad to say but the romantic comedies of the 1930s and 40s come across as smart and original instead of the hot mess of cliches that Hollywood favours today. Take The Bachelor & The Bobby-Soxer for instance. When was the last time we saw a rom com that had a female judge as a lead? I honestly can’t recall if it’s happened since.

His Girl Friday just might be my favourite Cary Grant movie.

Could we talk about old Hollywood’s movie trailers? I just love them! They just seem to make the movie better.

Let’s not forget his legendary Hitchcock roles. This scene in North by Northwest gave me such a phobia of crop dusters.

There is too much beauty in To Catch a Thief. It’s like I have to look away periodically to ensure I’m not completely overwhelmed.

Ok. I have to stop before I just start listing ever movie he’s ever made. lol I’m such a Cary Grant fan. I’d still like to mention The Philadelphia Story, Charade and An Affair to Remember. Oh my God. An Affair to Remember renders me a huge mess every time. Just like they depict in Sleepless in Seattle.

What’s your favourite Cary Grant movie? Alternatively, what are some of your favourite Old Hollywood movie trailers? I live for them! Please send them to me. 🙂