Broken Silence: The Acoustic Language of Sound in Cinema

I recently completed a dissertation focused on sound in cinema via the films of Fritz Lang. The first chapter is a literature review which attempts to establish a historical and theoretical foundation of the topic, my work on Lang’s cinema then picks up after this.  Take a look at my essay thesis below, and, if interested, click…

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Buster Keaton, like Chaplin, will forever be respected as the most basic and fundamental pioneer of the comedy genre in film. But rarely mentioned with Keaton is how wonderfully composed and experimental he was with regard to creating action cinema, as well as a real and serious sense of physical vulnerability. And no, we’re not…

Wings (1927) William A. Wellman (Darrell Ron Tuffs)

(Note: This post was originally written for the review site Battleship Pretension. See the full article HERE) Wings is a 1927 American silent film about two World War I fighter pilot friends, both involved with the same beauty, produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. William A. Wellman’s…

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – F.W Murnau

Short Plot Summary: A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. As someone who is a big fan of silent cinema, I could not recommend F.W Murnaus’s “Sunrise” enough. Currently standing at no.5 on Sight and Sound‘s best films of…