Jennifer Aniston and the Rise of Actor-Producers

Jennifer Aniston and the Rise of Actor-Producers When Jennifer Aniston won a SAG Award Jan. 19, the mainstream media seized on one fact: She and her ex Brad Pitt were together in the winner’s circle. Woo-woo, hot stuff! For gossip rags, that’s fun, ...

Women Played Key Creative Roles in ‘1917’

Women Played Key Creative Roles in ‘1917’ Ever since Universal-DreamWorks’ “1917” debuted, reporters have seemed fascinated with the fact that women played key creative roles in the film. The list included Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote ...

Guest Post: Mary Pickford, Frances Marion, and the Influence of Women in Hollywood’s Early Days

Melanie Benjamin: Photo by Deborah Feingold Guest Post by Melanie Benjamin Some of the highest grossing and critically-acclaimed films released last year were by and about women. 2017 was somewhat ...

Revisiting the Forgotten History of Pioneering Female Filmmaker Nell Shipman

Revisiting the Forgotten History of Pioneering Female Filmmaker Nell Shipman Editor’s note: The following is an exclusive excerpt from “Film Censorship in America: A State-by-State History” by Jeremy Geltzer. The book, which follows Geltzer’s previous effort “Dirty Words & ...

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final) (See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as ...

Grandiose Christian Epic Became Biggest Worldwide Box Office Hit Until Gwtw

Ramon Novarro: 'Ben-Hur' 1925 star. 'Ben-Hur' on TCM: Ramon Novarro in most satisfying version of the semi-biblical epic Christmas 2015 is just around the corner. That's surely the reason Turner ...

The First Megabudgeted Hollywood Production to Be Saved by Moviegoers Overseas?

Ramon Novarro is Ben-Hur: The Naked and Famous in first big-budget Hollywood movie saved by the international market (See previous post: "Ramon Novarro: Silent Movie Star.") Turner Classic Movies’ ...

Two Must-See Disasters as Parker Series Continues (She Turns 91 in Two Days)

Eleanor Parker 2013 movie series continues today (photo: Eleanor Parker in Detective Story) Palm Springs resident Eleanor Parker is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of June 2013. Thus, eight ...

One of the Most Breathtaking Silent Movies (or Movies, Period) Ever Made: The Best of '21

One of the Most Amazing Silent Movies (or Movies of Any Era, Period) Ever Made Tops the List of Best of Movies Released in 1921 Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Metro Pictures' film ...

The Forgotten: Dark Designs

Camille (1921) is directed by some guy called Ray C. Smallwood, whose IMDb profile looks like mash-up of two different guys, but who knows? We come to the film more interested in it as a vehicle for ...

Pola Negri/The Spanish Dancer Restored

Pola Negri, The Spanish Dancer Silent-film lovers in The Netherlands will be able to enjoy a new restoration of the 1923 Pola Negri period comedy The Spanish Dancer. Screening with live musical ...

TCM Celebrates The Artist With List Of 10 Most Influential Silent Films

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled its list of 10 Most Influential Silent Films in celebration of Michel Hazanavicius’ ode to the silent era, The Artist, which won three Golden Globes® Sunday ...

Frederica Sagor Pt.2: Women Screenwriters in 1920s Hollywood

Screenwriter Frederica Sagor Dead at 111: Wrote Movies for Norma Shearer (photo), Clara Bow, Louise Brooks Now, whether Frederica Sagor's Hollywood Babylon-like tales bear any resemblance to what ...

Blood And Sand Review – Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi, Lila Lee

Blood And Sand (1922) Direction: Fred Niblo Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Nita Naldi, Rosa Rosanova, Walter Long, Charles Belcher, Leo White, Rosita Marstini Screenplay: June Mathis; from Vicente ...

Rex Ingram: The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, The Magician, The Garden Of Allah

Rex Ingram directing Scaramouche (top); Henri Matisse, Rex Ingram (middle); Rex Ingram, the actor-director, with off-screen girlfriend Rosita Garcia in Baroud (bottom) Rex Ingram Part I In Beyond ...

The Return Of The King: Rex Ingram At The National Concert Hall, Dublin, 26 February 2011

By John Exshaw Saturday, 26 February, saw the triumphant return of director Rex Ingram – or at any rate, his most celebrated film – to the city of his birth, as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ...

Greed d: Erich von Stroheim w: Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt – Silent Masterpiece

Greed (1924) Direction: Erich von Stroheim Screenplay: Erich von Stroheim, June Mathis; from Frank Norris' novel McTeague Cast: Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Chester Conklin, ...