In Sight & Sound’s January 2015 issue, I wrote a short retrospective of how 2014 panned out in the world of silent cinema. I also reviewed the new Masters of Cinema release of Pabst’s haunting Diary of a Lost Girl, starring Louise Brooks (1929). My picks for the magazine’s poll for the best film of the year will be online shortly.
The Toll of the Sea (1922)
The Giornate del Cinema Muto, held every year in Pordenone, Italy, is the world’s most prestigious silent film festival. I was there again this year, and I blogged every day for Silent London. When I got back, before I put my feet up, I filed this report for the Guardian film blog.
The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927)
This year’s London Film Festival Archive Gala is a film that seemingly very few people have heard of, but this first world war movie is getting a nationwide release this week and will be out on DVD in 2015. So I found out a bit more about The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands and wrote this feature for the Guardian.
Part of the Goodwood vintage fashion archive. Photograph: Kate Howell
A real treat to head down to Sussex and sample the Goodwood Vintage Treasures weekend package for the Guardian Travel supplement. If only I could have kept the frock …
The September 2014 issue of Sight & Sound unveils the magazine’s Greatest Documentaries of all Time poll. I voted in the poll and contributed a few words on one of the top 10: Nanook of the North (1922). Also, I reviewed Christina Rice’s hugely enjoyable biography of the fascinating Ann Dvorak, Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel
Dr Mabuse, the Gambler (Fritz Lang, 1922)
To mark the release of Lav Diav’s Norte, the End of History, the BFI website collated a list of 10 great really long films. Or 10 really great long films, or what have you. My contribution was on Fritz Lang’s monumental silent, Dr Mabuse, the Gambler (1922). You can read the full piece here.
In this month’s Sight & Sound, I have written a feature about what it was like to go to the cinema 100 years ago, ahead of the theatrical release of an archive compilation called A Night at the Cinema in 1914. Also, in the Primal screen column, I expand on a subject close to my heart – female film-makers of the silent era, and a commendable new website that celebrates them, the Women Film Pioneers Project.