Tag Archives: 1920s

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Drama, Romance

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Marie St. Clair believes she has been jilted by her artist fiance Jean when he fails to meet her at the railway station. She goes off to Paris alone. A year later, mistress of wealthy Pierre Revel, she meets Jean again. Misinterpreting events she bounces back and forth between apparent security and true love. Also misinterpreting, Jean commits suicide.
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Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage / Faust: A German Folk Legend (1926) F.W. Murnau, Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist. During a plague, Faust despairs and burns his books after failing to stop death; Satan sends Mephisto to tempt Faust, first with insight into treating the plague and then with a day’s return to youth. Mephisto is clever, timing the end of this 24 hours as Faust embraces the beautiful Duchess of Parma. Faust trades his soul for youth. Some time later, he’s bored, and demands on Easter Sunday that Mephisto take him home. Faust promptly sees and falls in love with the beautiful Gretchen, whose liaison with him brings her dishonor. Is there redemption? Who wins the wager?
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La passion de Jeanne d’Arc / The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Biography, Drama, History

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc AKA The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D’Arc (1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and d’Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell, and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the protesting crowd.
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Greenhide (1926) Charles Chauvel, Elsa Chauvel, Gerald Barlow, Irma Dearden, Drama, Thriller

Greenhide (1926)
Charles Chauvel came to the forefront of Australian cinema after The Moth of Moonbi (1926), and followed up with Greenhide, his final silent film. It was on the set of Greenhide that Chauvel met his wife Elsie, who had the starring role. The story follows a girl who moves from a life of leisure in the city to rural Queensland, where she romanticises her way into the arms of the rough farm manager, ‘Greenhide Gavin’. A cattle-thieving plot also unfolds.
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Don Juan (1926) Alan Crosland, Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Adventure, Romance

Don Juan (1926)
If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things – life, disillusionment and death. In his father’s case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan settled in Rome after attending the University of Pisa. Rome was run by the tyrannical Borgia family consisting of Caesar, Lucrezia and the Count Donati. Juan has his way with and was pursued by many women, but it is the one that he could not have that haunts him. It will be for her that he suffers the wrath of Borgia for ignoring Lucrezia and then killing Count Donati in a duel. For Adriana, they will both be condemned to death in the prison on the river Tigre.
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