The silent movie Der Golem produced in 1920, is a masterpiece in film making. Based on a legend in Jewish mysticism, its narrative tells of a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in a medieval Prague ghetto to defend the Jews from ongoing persecution and attack by the city's rulers. It is found in the rubble of an old synagogue and is used as a servant, initially doing nothing but good. The Golem falls in love, but when his love is rejected, he goes on a murderous rampage leaving a trail of destruction.
The silent movie era lasted from 1895 to 1936, and produced some of the most iconic, flamboyant and melodramatic imagery ever seen on film.
In silent films the dialogue is notably transmitted through gestures, mime and title cards consisting of a written indication of the films plot. In the very beginning, music was only used to entertain the audiences before the movie began, and during the intervals, later, a pianist, organist and sometimes an orchestra would play music to accompany the films, aiding in the creation of mood - music was paramount.
In a recent commemoration of St. Andrews Day the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) had a day of films based in Scotland. The theme was called 'Hollywood dreams of Scotland'. The itinerary featured Disney Pixar's Brave, followed by silent film Annie Laurie and ending with cult classic Highlander. But I will focus solely on one film: Annie Laurie.
Originally released on 11th May 1927, the historical drama stars silent icon Lillian Gish in the titular role. Writing credits go to oscar nominated screenwriter Josephine Lovett; the film was directed by John S. Robertson, director of Dr....
This is a starting list for anyone interested in learning more about Rudolph Valentino.
Books and Articles by Rudolph Valentino
* Daydreams (1923) MacFadden Publications, Inc. (New York). A book of poetry authored by Valentino. This book is not too difficult to locate.
* Daydreams (1923) Hurst and Blackett, Ltd. (London). Also published in a rare softbound version in 1924.
* Sogni ad occhi aperti (Day Dreams)- Italian edition translated by Marinella Grosa. (1995) Libreria Petrini Torino (Italy).