Theme of the Week: 1910s

Due to many factors – school, work, personal issues, boredom – I haven’t done a Theme of the Week for some time. As I was in the mood for it, this week I chose the theme myself; the 1910s. As is probably expected, this is my weakest decade in terms of viewings and knowledge. I’ve seen plenty of pre-1920s short films, but only about 40 feature length films. I didn’t get through quite as many as I wanted to this week, and none of them were that great, but nevertheless…

Himmelskibet (1918)


This doesn’t really offer a lot that’s new; group of ‘people’ who are peaceful and highly evolved and don’t believe in eating meat etc. It’s quite preachy on meat eating and religion, which is a bit irritating. As I complained during my 50s Sci-Fi week, sci-fi ages really badly and the technological discussion is always annoying. However, it does attempt to put some thought into it. Despite that, it somehow feels fairly modern as well. The sets are pretty cool and I think what keeps it afloat. Nothing else about it is particularly special, but it’s not a terrible film either. It’s not really boring and it’s not really exciting. It’s just decent, but the sets do make it worthy of a watch if you’re interested in this era or science fiction.

Carmen (1915)


I found this quite dull and dragged a lot for a 60 minute movie. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, just that it didn’t really have anything special about it either. The story didn’t interest me much. I also thought Geraldine Farrar was badly cast as I didn’t find her believably seductive in the least.

Blind Husbands (1919)


I liked the idea of the plot, but for such a simple story it seemed to drag it out way too much. It could’ve benefited by being made 10 years later, I think. There just wasn’t enough to it, nor was the chemistry between the characters particularly good enough to keep it going.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)


Apparently a comedy, but not particularly funny. It’s simple and short, which are pros in this case. There really isn’t a lot to it and it’s not very memorable. I’ve never understood the fascination with Mary Pickford and this certainly doesn’t help answer any questions.

Traffic in Souls (1913)


As the first American film about sexuality (and often credited as the first ‘sexploitation’ film), it obviously holds a lot of historical interest. The acting is oddly low-key, which I think has helped it age a little better than other films of the time (the over-the-top wide-eyed thing really bothers me). The plot is very contrived and somewhat preachy – and formulaic to us now – yet seems modern for its time. It’s not the most exciting film and the pacing is all over the place, but worth a watch for historical reasons.

Best Film of the Week:

I only really liked one of the films this week and that was Himmelskibet. Not an amazing film, but not bad.

Worst Film of the Week:

Carmen, just because it was the most pointless and most boring. Still not a terrible film though.

Next week I’m back to the randomizer which has rolled documentaries, another one of my weaker areas.

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