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Movie of the Day: Tess of the Storm Country (1922)

They had faces indeed.

My silent movie binge continues, and today I saw Tess of the Storm Country, which I thought was great, but two hours with no sound (not even music) can get a little tiresome for me, so I had to take little breaks in between, but all in all it proved to be a very moving, affecting and even suspenseful film. I love Mary Pickford's wild energy and how she expresses her affection for her loved ones in this rough, tomboyish way by jumping on them, choking and hitting them, skills that also come in handy to scare off the bad guys. She's a tough little broad, she needs to be, her life isn't exactly glittery. 

Lloyd Hughes plays the good-hearted rich boy who falls head over heels with Tess.

It doesn't take too long for the rich neighbor boy to see beyond the rags and the dirty hands and to be charmed by her spirit, and he's played by Llloyd Hughes, whom I've never seen before, but I thought he was very likeable. Pickford and he had a wonderfully flirtatious thing going on. The love story is really adorable, saying a lot about class and seeing someone for who they are. This being a movie with a ton of tragic stuff happening, of course the young lovers have a few roadblocks to face, as well.

One of Tess' many problems is a predatory fellow who thinks he can beat her into marriage.

The film astonishingly manages to cover all the big themes without ever appearing convoluted, forced or stuffed. It's about love and death, faith and disillusionment, prejudice and learning, rejection and acceptance, redemption and forgiveness. There's really only one thing that bugged me a tiny little bit and those were the few moments where the film got a little "too Christian" for my taste, but other than that this was a truly rewarding Sunday watch.

This was my second Mary Pickford movie. I saw Sparrows some time ago and liked it a lot, too.

Oh, how I love that face! I wish I could nibble at it. I wouldn't do anything else for the rest of my life. Just nibble 24/7. 

Currently binging on Lillian Gish. Up to now, I've only seen her in a couple of films where she was quite older, but after seeing The Wind (1928), I knew I had to check out more of her silent work.

Found a rare Astaire clip, yay, and you might not be too surprised to hear that I'm watching it in slow motion to make it appear longer! 

“My collar’s killing me. I dress up so seldom…”

“You are glad to be here, though, aren’t you, Buster?”

“And how! I came off of location to be here!”

Buster Keaton at the premiere of Hell’s Angels at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, May 24, 1930