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'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question

Desert Nights with John Gilbert and Mary Nolan: Enjoyable Sahara-set adventure – which happened to be Gilbert's last silent film – dares to ask the age-old philosophical question, “Is there honor among thieves?” John Gilbert late silent adventure 'Desert Nights' asks a question for the ages: Is there honor among thieves? The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release Desert Nights arrived in theaters at the tail end of the silent era. By 1929, audiences wanted lots of singing and dancing – talkies! And they might have been impatient to hear John Gilbert's speaking voice. I can't tell whether sound would have improved it or not, but Desert Nights has a lot of title cards filled with dialogue. Directed by the prolific William Nigh,[1] the […]


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'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question



'J'accuse!': Abel Gance Anti-War Classic + Lon Chaney & Bimbo the Gibbon: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

J'accuse! with Séverin-Mars. Released the year after the end of World War I, Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war French drama was a major hit in France and the U.K. Nearly two decades later, the filmmaker would rework the story; as it turned out, the second J'accuse! was released the year before another, much deadlier world war. The U.S. big-screen premiere of the restored J'accuse! is the centerpiece of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's 2009 Winter Event. San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event: Restored 'J'accuse!' gets U.S. premiere Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war drama J'accuse! is the centerpiece of the 2009 San Francisco Silent Film Festival's Winter Event, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Castro Theater. The recently […]


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'J'accuse!': Abel Gance Anti-War Classic + Lon Chaney & Bimbo the Gibbon: San Francisco Silent Film Festival