Tag Archives: 1920s

Lilac Time (1928) George Fitzmaurice, Frank Lloyd, Colleen Moore, Gary Cooper, Burr McIntosh, Drama, Romance, War

Lilac Time (1928)
All of those handsome young men in their flying machines are billeted in a field next to the Widow Berthelot’s farmhouse in France. Her daughter Jeannine is curious about the young men fighting for England in World War I and their airplanes. Then one of the aviators is killed. His replacement is Captain Philip Blythe who can’t help but notice Jeannine. When he lands the first time, she is standing in the middle of his “runway.” She makes a more favorable impression when he sees her later by the lilacs. When all of the young men depart on a mission, Blythe promises to return.
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Cainà – La figlia dell’isola / Caina: The Island and the Continent (1922) Gennaro Righelli, Maria Jacobini, Carlo Benetti, Ida Carloni Talli, Adventure, Drama

Caina The Island and the Continent (1922)
Cainá is a young peasant who lives in a small village in Sardinia together with her goats and parents. She is a wild and free spirit and unconventional for any small and closed communities dominated by old rules. Cainà yearns to escape from such a closed atmosphere and the isolated island, so, as an old tune says: “Somewhere beyond the sea, somewhere, waiting for me…”; When a boat arrives to the island, she will do her best to flee away from her little oppressing village and experience new adventures in the continent with the help of the boat captain.
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Brüder / Brothers (1929) Werner Hochbaum, Gyula Balogh, Erna Schumacher, Ilse Berger, Drama

Brothers (1929)
“Brüder”, a film directed by Herr Werner Hochbaum ( who was a remarkable film director in the talkie 30’s ), was one of those films which showed the harsh daily life of the working class. The film depicts, in a kind of fictional documentary, the 1896 Hamburg dockworkers’ strike: the workers receive meagre wages for hard work and live under miserable conditions and finally go on strike (to make matters more personal, one of the strikers has a brother who is a policeman). Even though the inspiration for the story was an event that took place in the XIX century, things had little changed by the troublesome twenties so the story had a perfect contemporary ring.
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