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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

“You claim that I am sent by the Devil. It’s not true. To make me suffer, the Devil has sent you… and you… and you… and you.” Some films are bathed in magic. I first heard about this movie about … Continue reading

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

“For wherever the sun rises and sets, in the city’s turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same; sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.” The most striking revelation occurred to me during my research for Sunrise: A … Continue reading

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Modern Times (1936)

“Buck up – never say die. We’ll get along!” I asserted in  a recent review that I preferred the work of Buster Keaton over Chaplin. I consider both men incredibly talented, visionary artists whose contributions to cinema are immense in nature, but … Continue reading

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Our Hospitality (1923)

“It would be the death of anyone to go outside tonight.” Something I find beautiful about film is that once you become aware of works from throughout film history, you start to distinguish artistry and innovation from more uninspired works, regardless … Continue reading

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City Lights (1931)

“Tomorrow the birds will sing.” The silent film was on decline in 1931 as studios gave way to the era of talkies. These new movies were far more popular than the silent film because, well, they weren’t silent. However, one … Continue reading

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Within Our Gates (1920)

“Again, I’ve sold my birthright. All for a miserable ‘mess of pottage. Negroes and whites – all are equal. As for me, miserable sinner, Hell is my destiny.” When we talk about important movies, we’re often speaking in terms of … Continue reading

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Nanook of the North (1922)

“More men than there are stones around the shore of Nanook’s home have looked upon Nanook, the kindly, brave, simple Eskimo.” Nanook of the North is an interesting case, one in which the story behind the film is more fascinating … Continue reading

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