Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his... See full summary »
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Two American soldiers are captured by the Germans on the Western Front during World War One and escape a POW camp only to stumble into further life-threatening adventures when they come across an Arabian king's daughter while on the lam.
A naïve young man is working on a logging camp beside a turbulent river. When it closes for winter, he opts to stay for the experience. He meets a woman who was the girlfriend to the boss ... See full summary »
In Paris, in the early years of the twentieth century, lives Chico, a sewer worker with lofty aspirations. One night, Chico saves a young prostitute named Diane from the murderous rage of her tyrannical sister. Despite her lifestyle, Diane is honest and innocent, and when the police arrive to arrest her, Chico spontaneously claims that she is his wife. Forced to maintain this facade or else both face prison sentences, Chico reluctantly allows Diane to live with him -- and in the process, love gradually blossoms between them. However, the dark spectre of World War I has begun to descend upon France, and Chico and Diane cannot help but fall under its shadow.Written by
Shannon Patrick Sullivan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although it was originally released as a traditional silent film, this movie became one of the first feature films with a recorded soundtrack when the Fox Film Corporation re-released it with a soundtrack utilizing the company's pioneering Movietone technology. This sound-on-film innovation had up until that point been used for newsreels and film shorts, and would give new life to this already successful film. The synced audio track here included a musical score by Erno Rapee as well as select use of sound effects, but no spoken dialog. (Many later silent film productions and re-releases would have dialog scenes dubbed or newly shot in order to capitalize on the sound movie craze.) The Movietone version of 7th Heaven (1927) was released on September 10, 1927. Warner Bros. breakthrough "talkie" film The Jazz Singer (1927) hit theaters in October of that same year. See more »
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This movie took me completely by surprise. I had never heard of it, but got it because it's set in Paris. It turned out to be a really beautiful movie. Beautifully shot, beautifully acted. Two rather shy individuals fall in love, almost against their wills, or at least against his will. We watch the relationship grow. Never trite, very seldom over-acted. The battle scenes in World War I are remarkable for their effectiveness.
And the end, which I won't reveal, hits you right in the mid-section and knocks your breath out.
Even someone who doesn't like silents would enjoy this, very much. It makes you understand why some people thought that by the introduction of talkies in that same year, 1927, silents had developed to the point that the first sound pictures were actually something of a regression in many ways.
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