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|71 88%||Spite Marriage (1929) - Jun 01, 2020
"Keaton's last silent (though he wanted it to be a talkie, presumably because he could read the writing on the wall) isn't among his most memorable or elaborate, as it has to march through a fairly conventional studio script, but it has its moments. Keaton's own favorite was the thoroughly Vaudevillian bit where he encounters difficulty placing his passed-out bride in bed, a highly demanding and choreographed routine for both involved, which he eventually brought to the stage some decades later."
|70 87%||Brumes d'automne (1929) - May 31, 2020
"A musical tone poem in montage. A very wet fall day rains around the tearfully bleary and solitary contemplation of a relationship which is no more."
|22 25%||Kino-pravda no. 15 (1923) - Apr 11, 2020
"Large gatherings to various official purposes, and lots of them. Some silly costumes for an anti-religious parade (they were playing both sides a bit by featuring a Living Church conference in one installment and featuring a parade where they're one of the many groups lampooned by a float in another). Some nonsense about propaganda leaflets being fired out of a canon for some reason or other; at least the men doing it seem to be having fun."
|33 47%||Kino-pravda no. 14 (1923) - Apr 11, 2020
"Vertov in one of his moods for a study in movement and rhythm, albeit a rough one. After a brief foray to the teeming America and its European "underlings", we proceed through the podium-pounding action of the 4th Commintern Congress before an appearance by Lenin looses the floodgates of crowds, industry, etc. A concerted effort is also made to extend and continue the sense of motion through dynamic intertitles, some in the form of mechanical devices."
|24 30%||Kino-pravda no. 13 - Vchera, segodnia, zavtra. Kinopoema, posviashchennaia Oktiabrskim tozrzhestvam (1922) - Apr 01, 2020
"An extra-long and concerted go at building all that actuality-style documentary footage into a narrative of sorts. So, after some parades and political harangues to set the patriotic mood, come army drills and famine deaths to remind us of the hardships of the war years, followed by children exercising, factories, a bit more parade footage and so forth to paint a picture of rebuilding for a hopeful future."
|22 25%||Kino-pravda no. 11 (1922) - Mar 30, 2020
"At its birth, the newsreel took its form by stringing actualities together. This one does not really stray from that much. Pedestrian actualities of notable people existing, candy factories at work, a fire being put out, army units on exercises, etc. Interesting to the extent you find the subjects themselves interesting, though there are creative entries in this series. Still, you can notice things like all the cuts in the fire scene to up the tempo and excitement."
|24 30%||Kino-pravda no. 10 (1922) - Mar 30, 2020
"Not a particularly well-ordered one, but there's plenty going on: an immense, boisterous crowd for the Youth Day Parade, track and field, motorcycles, a shot of a freshly crashed streetcar, etc. (There are so many streetcars in these things, though they're usually being ridden or having their tracks repaired.)"
|23 28%||The Brain of Soviet Russia (1919) - Mar 29, 2020
"Several dozen prominent Bolsheviks pose more or less affably (well, most of them) for the camera in a series of portraits; no more, no less. They're apparently under direction to try and look occupied for that "more candid" effect, so they're mostly chatting with someone off camera, fussing with papers, lighting a cigarette, acting like they're giving orders to the people standing around them, etc."
|34 49%||Pinched (1917) - Mar 29, 2020
"Lloyd runs into his drunken high-society doppelganger several years before Chaplin got around to doing the same in The Idle Class. The result is loose and slapstick heavy, like most Lloyd of this vintage."
|45 67%||'Curses!' They Remarked (1914) - Mar 29, 2020
"Another of those early Sennett parodies that only someone who's spent far too much time studying the editing and plot beats in lower-end Griffith shorts could dream up (or truly appreciate). Mustaches will twirl, kitchen help will fret, poison plots will bumble, and rescues will be ridden to in a surprisingly complicated reel with a real smash of an ending."