Another welcome improvement in the world of silent cinema is Grapevine Video’s release of the original version of Charles J. Brabin’s The Raven, which runs some 15 minutes longer than previously available prints.

While the film has not been restored, and still exhibits considerable dirt and damage, it is of a better visual quality than the shorter cut, and allows a fairer assessment of Brabin’s experimentation with visual effects.

Consequently, I have somewhat revised my review of The Raven, and given the screenshots a thorough overhaul. (I should mention that this print looks better in motion than is evident via the screenshots, which tend to over-emphasise the print’s flaws.)

 

 

 

 

THE RAVEN (1915)

…in which some drunk writes a poem about a bird…

 

 

 

I have also added a belated update to Et Al., featuring thrillers and melodramas across the decades, a couple of pepla, some sex and violence, a bunch of Lifetime movies and more decade-old horror.

 

 

 

 

Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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