La Maison du Mystère

I haven’t seen La Maison du Mystère, the 10-episode French serial. I’m afraid I never will. The odds of disappointment are too great: no movie could live up to these 1923 stills of the silent film.    

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Silent Movie Title Cards

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes even the most brilliant visual artists need to use language. Before talkies, movie directors interspersed title cards into their films to convey a particular thought or idea that would be impossible for people on the screen to act out. These flickering, elaborate title cards are unique […]

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The Magical World of Segundo de Chomón

Segundo Víctor Aurelio Chomón y Ruiz, more commonly called Segundo de Chomón, was the Spanish director behind such breakthrough silent films as Gulliver en el país de los gigantes and El hijo del diablo. De Chómon was a contemporary of Georges Méliès (A Trip to the Moon). Though he isn’t as well known as Méliès today, de Chómon was a […]

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