Post by Jill on Aug 25, 2017 17:07:08 GMT -4
For all our silent film fans I thought I'd start a thread devoted solely to this art form. They could be silent films from the late 19th century up to silent films made today by experimental film artists. Anything goes.
I'll start by featuring one of my top favorite silent film shorts, from 1912, called From The Submerged, starring EH Calvert and Ruth Stonehouse. The print was on the Treasures 3 DVD set put out many years ago but out of respect for whoever played the music on it I removed their copyrighted music and added my own from an old record. Under this Vimeo video I copied and pasted my 2007 review for it on the IMDb. I cannot believe it's been 10 years already since I worked on this video and wrote that review. How time flies!
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Very spiritual and lovely
16 November 2007
This lovely short film, From The Submerged, from the Essanay company was made in 1912 and filmed in Chicago. Starring E.H. Calvert and Ruth Stonehouse, it's about a young man who is homeless and hopeless, about to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge near a park. As he is about to jump a caring young woman stops him and tells him that God loves him and that he shouldn't give up hope. He is thankful and embraces her and they separate. On a bread line a hobo gives him some of his food wrapped in newspaper and the young man sees a message in the personals: "Come home Charlie, all is forgiven. I am dying. Father." The young man races home and embraces his dying father. We cut to several years later and the young man is now rich, hanging out with snobby friends. He has a beautiful girlfriend and wants to propose to her but as they walk around town together and pass the same bread line the young man had once stood on he confesses to her about his past and she laughs at him. He decides this beautiful girl is too shallow and not worthy of him.
Suddenly he remembers the caring young girl who stopped him from committing suicide near the bridge, and he becomes determined to find her. He searches and searches and finally finds her destitute and hopeless in the same park. You'll have to watch the film to see what happens next.
This film can be found in the excellent Treasures #3 set on Amazon.com.
Update: my work on this was removed first from YouTube and then from Vimeo. Whatever they could object to in a 1912 public domain silent film and an ancient old orchestra record I used is beyond me. I added some tint to it this time around. Quality isn't that great because it was uploaded in b/w originally on YouTube 10 years ago and they compressed everything to smithereens back in those days. But it's still tolerable on a small screen.