A love letter, and a chronicle. Silents, Please! focuses on silent cinema and silent film history, illustrated plentifully with film stills and animated gifs.
Generally, I follow the road less travelled in silent film, looking at interesting flotsam & jetsam of the silent era rather than the Hollywood canon. Some of my main interests include: women on the silent screen; Italian silent cinema; pre-Revolutionary Russian cinema; experimental films; cinema of the teens; and films celebrating 100 years of age. This blog started out as a relatively casual place for film commentary, but has increasingly become more research-focused.
One of the major foci of Silents, Please! is the genre of Italian diva films, one of my longest and strong obsessions. For several years I ran Diva December, a concentrated burst of writing about the genre. All my posts on diva films are here, or you can read an introduction to the genre here.
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Update, December 2021: Obviously, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. I haven’t lost my love for the topic, but the last couple of years have been very demanding with job/career/life stuff. I won’t be going back to weekly updates any time soon, but I may post sporadically in future!
About me: I live in Aotearoa New Zealand. In time gone by, I worked in audiovisual preservation; now, by day I work in software; by night I’m obsessed with old films, among other things. I’m not very active on social media, but I do Tweet … infrequently.
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