Guys! One of my favorite bloggers was published by Smithsonian Magazine! 😀
When not working to help save silent films from spontaneous combustion (not kidding) or collective cultural memory loss, Ms. Kramer is busy running her excellent blog, Movies Silently. If you’re a fan of silent films, you’ll enjoy this goldmine classic and obscure films, actors, actresses, and Silent Era trivia—and even if you’re not, I guarantee you’ll find something to enjoy. Kramer’s wit, sense of humor, and clear love of these films make her writing shine. Her film reviews alone are both entertaining and informative, and not just limited to silents; she covers “talkie” versions of silent films as well, and the comparisons are often very interesting. Personally, I find I can lose hours here just poking through her vast troves of content. Kramer doesn’t just focus on films, however. Here are a few of her other interesting recurring topics:
- Cooking With the (Silent) Stars, a 1929 Photoplay cookbook: Page by page, Kramer goes through and attempts to cook (and taste test!) every single recipe in this vintage cookbook. While it’s debatable if these recipes came from the actual stars themselves, it’s fun to see who “recommended” what…and what it’s like to cook them! As someone who has also attempted vintage cooking in the past, I sympathize—but her results, while not always tasty, are always entertaining. Last time, I tried making Marlene Dietrich’s banana bread, and it was FANTASTIC! 😀
- Debunking Silent Movie Myths: Cliches like tying women to railroad tracks can give silent films a bad rap with today’s audiences. Kramer’s posts go a long way to destroy these stereotypes and encourage people to watch silent films and appreciate them in a new way
- Over a Decade of Silent Film Reviews: Kramer’s film reviews cover not only the film itself, but also explains how it fits into the bigger picture of silent film history, and gives background on the actors and actresses involved. She doesn’t shy away from discussing related “talkies” as well, and if you’re in a hurry she offers “fun size” reviews too.
- Custom Silent Film GIFs: While Kramer’s reviews all feature custom GIFs and photos pulled from those films, she also has a dedicated humor page where she posts cute things like sets of GIFs based on things like stars messing around with tea.
- Adorable Swag!: Besides taking donations on Patreon, she also has a cute page of stuff on Redbubble that relates to Silent Era comedy, like this cute shirt and this fun Keystone Cops travel mug.