Buster Keaton’s legacy in cinema history is not just one of the two greatest and most beloved silent era comedians (along with Charlie Chaplin), but one of the medium’s great directors, period.
Erich von Stroheim is a complex and compromised figure from early cinema history.
Documentaries did not properly exist in 1922 as a cinematic form.
F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is among the earliest horror films to be universally canonized, and it’s not hard to see why
Nanook of the North is often hailed as the first documentary — though both the “first” and “documentary” parts of that are up for debate.
Film serials peaked in the mid-to-late-1910s, but their epic-yet-episodic storytelling mode didn’t completely vanish.
Many of the very early films — like 1925 and before — that have endured in the canon are epics.
I was recently watching some YouTube videos on Crash Course about film history with my three year old daughter.
The French Revolution turns out to be a very good match for DW Griffith.
This is the fourth DW Griffith film I’ve watched in my tour through film history, and the fourth starring Lillian Gish.