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Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

- September 17, 2012 in Films, Films: 1910s, Films: Fantasy, Films: Silent, non-article, tarzan



The very first Tarzan film ever made, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original novel Tarzan of the Apes of only 4 years earlier. The film is directed by Scott Sidney and stars Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, George B. French and Gordon Griffith. It is considered the most faithful to the novel of all the film adaptations, though only tells the first part of the novel, the remainder becoming the basis for the sequel, The Romance of Tarzan (also from 1918 but directed by Wilfred Lucas).

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Cleopatra (1912)

- July 18, 2012 in cleopatra, Films, Films: 1910s, Films: Drama, Films: Silent, helen gardner, non-article, Victorien Sardou



Cleopatra – a Romance of a Woman and a Queen – depicts Helen Gardner in the title role and as centrepiece to the series of elaborately staged tableaux which tell the story of her various love affairs, first with the handsome fisherman-slave Pharon, and then with Marc Antony. The film is created by the Helen Gardner Picture Players and was based on a play written by the French dramatist Victorien Sardou, the man who wrote La Tosca (1887), the play behind Puccini’s opera Tosca 13 years later.

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Passion and Death of Christ (1903)

- April 6, 2012 in crucifixion, easter, Ferdinand Zecca, Film: 1900s, Films, Films: Drama, Films: Silent, jesus, La Vie et la passion de Jesus Christ, Lucien Nonguet, non-article, passion, resurrection



From Internet Archive: La Vie et la passion de Jesus Christ is a 1903 French silent film directed by Lucien Nonguet and Ferdinand Zecca, and is believed to be the first feature film to have colorized sequences. Colorization was achieved using the Pathecolor/Pathechrome stencil-based film tinting process, which had been invented around 1903 by Pathe Freres, one of the most important and innovative film companies in history. The film itself is a straightforward telling of the story of Jesus Christ, but does include some events usually omitted in films about Christ, like the Transfiguration. La Vie is filmed using a single camera mostly kept still in front of the set and capturing the actors and action as it unfolds. The only known cast members are Madame Moreau as Virgin Mary and Monsieur Moreau as Joseph.

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Alice in Wonderland (1915)

- March 22, 2012 in alice in wonderland, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Films, Films: 1910s, Films: Fantasy, Films: Silent, lewis carroll, non-article

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1915 silent film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, directed and written by W.W. Young and starring Viola Savoy as Alice. This is a tinted and shorter cut of the film. There is an untinted longer version (though lower quality) here. Included above are two versions: the film without sound or the film with a nice soundtrack added by the original Internet Archive uploader (though be aware that the copyright info on the early vinyl recording used is unknown).

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