Friday, February 26, 2021

Kick, 1923

 First viewing

I found the Internet Archive a while back but never really explored it. Because of the stress of being away from home and the fact I was in bed after everyone else had gone to sleep and I didn’t feel like wearing headphones, I started looking for silent films. This one is a doozy.

It starts with the premise that cavemen used to beat women then marry them. Goes on to feature a married couple who fight all the time and he drinks and hits her. After alcohol is prohibited he becomes a mouse and she feels unloved. His friend tells him how to make his own beer, he gets drunk and hits her again, and she likes it. I believe this entire film existed to normalize domestic abuse and make people think it was desirable. Ugh. Also, a cat sticks his head through the title cards. Enjoy this photo synopsis.


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