The Retroformat Vault is a one-of-a-kind online archive of rare silent movies and special features. Here you will find Retroformat's exclusive digital scans of films from the USC HMH Foundation Moving Image Archive and other private collections, plus restorations by the Library of Congress and more, with brand new additions every month!
Featuring our own high quality scans and new soundtracks by Musical Director Cliff Retallick, the Retroformat Vault is a cinematic time capsule, with an entire library of dozens of films & features. Starting at only $5 a month, the Vault is now offering FREE 7-day trials... Join today!
CURRENT VAULT EXCLUSIVES:
Journey back to the roaring twenties, as Retroformat Silent Films proudly presents It's the Old Army Game (1926), a timeless comedy masterpiece from a bygone era, featuring the iconic W.C. Fields and the enchanting Louise Brooks, a dynamic duo of humor and grace that appeared on the silver screen together one time only. A treasure trove of wit & heart, featuring skits plucked from Fields' own stage plays.
Available now for Deluxe members of the Vault, Retroformat founder Tom Barnes speaks with historian and author Roy Liebman talks about his fascinating new book, Theda Bara: Her Career, Life and Legend.
Roy answers questions about why, for a brief time, Theda Bara was popular as Mary Pickford or Charlie Chaplin, what caused her popularity to end almost as quickly as it began, and how she reacted to it. And finally, what makes Theda Bara such a fascinating figure today, even to people who have never seen any of her films?
You can also check out Theda Bara's rarely seen final feature film, The Unchastened Woman (1925), with an original music score by Cliff Retallick... If you're a silent film fan, become a member of the Retroformat Vault today, and help keep the Silent Film Era a living legacy.
FELIX THE CAT IN
FLIM FLAM FILMS (1927)
Felix the Cat, created by Otto Mesmer, was the biggest animation star of the 1920s. The greatest stars of the Silent Era are coming to the Retroformat Vault, with new additions every month! Memberships start at only $5.00 per month, and free 10-day trials are now available. Join today, and see Felix and friends, on us!
LON CHANEY &
JOAN CRAWFORD IN
THE UNKNOWN (1927)
Tod Browning's The Unknown (1927) is ranked as one of the finest horror films of the silent era. Chaney’s performance as Alonzo, the armless knife-thrower is truly the stuff of nightmares.
WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY (1916)
Douglas Fairbanks plays Daniel Boone Browne, whom the mad Dr. Metz (Herbert Grimwood) hilariously tries to drive to suicide through psychological manipulation, in When the Clouds Roll By, the first film directed by Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Hula) .
Available now for our members in the Retroformat Vault. Memberships start at just $5.00 per month, and free trials are available...Join today and see When the Clouds Roll By on us!
THE MYSTERY OF THE DOUBLE CROSS (1917)
One of the last serials intended for an adult audience, and one of only a small handful of silent serials that has survived in its complete, original form, this amazing adventure story still enthralls with it's 15 quirky, half hour episodes, combining mystery and suspense.
"Perhaps the best serial I've ever seen! Really well-written; well performed; well directed..." - IMDB review
The Retroformat Vault is a one-of-a-kind online archive of rare silent films for our members, featuring brilliant new music by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick. See our 'The Vault' page for more information, or click below to join now. Members in the Los Angeles area can also claim discounts on tickets to our local shows!
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