Romeo and Juliet (1916): Two Dueling Screen Adaptations

1916 marked the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Naturally, motion picture studios celebrated the occasion by releasing a flurry of Shakespeare adaptations from The Merchant of Venice to Macbeth.

In the case of Romeo and Juliet, two adaptations were released the very …

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Mary Pickford leads her children over a swamp-infested crocidilles in Sparrows.

Sparrows (1926)—The Girl with the Golden Curls’ Curtain Call

Mary Pickford skyrocketed to international stardom in the 1910s playing plucky children in films such as Tess of the Storm Country and Fanchon the Cricket. Her popular juvenile image contrasted heavily with her position as one of the most powerful actors and producers in …

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The Miracle Man (1932): Remaking a Silent Classic

The canon of the greatest films constantly changes as each generation reevaluates yesteryear’s classics and rediscovers previously overlooked films. Oftentimes, films held in the highest esteem by contemporary audiences and critics do not become beloved by later generations. Evolving morals, changing tastes, and decades of …

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