Silent Movie Documentaries Movies on DVD
Writer/director Robert Youngson, the man behind three previous classics compilations, assembled this amazing tribute to the masters of early cinema comedy. Spend a hilarious evening watching memorable clips of such silent-era greats as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Snub Pollard, Billy Bevan, Syd Chaplin (Charlie's half-brother), and others. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Hooray for Fort Lee!?! During the infancy of the motion picture industry, the New Jersey town was the center of American film production. This superb documentary examines how early cinematic works created there by such pioneers as Thomas Edison and D.W. Griffith laid the groundwork for contemporary filmmaking. 146 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus short "The Wishing Ring" (1914).
Ever wonder what the early days of American cinema were like? Then check out these two documentaries that transport you back in time to the silent film era. Includes a tour of the Thomas H. Ince Studios and a look at the MGM Studio that was filmed in 1925 and features appearances by a variety of famous figures, including Conrad Nagel. 54 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Delightful time capsule of Hollywood's silent glory with pratfalls aplenty from Charlie Chaplin, "Fatty" Arbuckle, Laurel and Hardy, and other regulars of Sennett and Roach, plus the dauntless derring-do of dashing Douglas Fairbanks and peril-prone Pearl White. Ready for a good laugh or two? Or three? Or more? 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Culled from vintage silent newsreels and promotional shorts by Blackhawk Films in the 1960s and '70s, this treasure trove offers an overview of some of Hollywood's first and greatest stars on and off the set. Included are Ben Turpin playing baseball, Tom Mix in Washington, Marion Davies vacuuming her home, and much more. 81 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score; photo gallery. Silent with music score.