Room For Rent (2007) – By Brian Morton

I have a confession to make. Up until about a year ago, I had never seen a silent movie. Oh, I had read about them and seen short clips from them on TV, but I’d never taken the time to actually sit down and watch a whole movie from the silent era. And, I have to admit, that was a huge mistake! I thought that because technology had advanced so much, these movies probably didn’t have much to offer me, but I was way wrong, so, I now actually hunt down silent movies just to see what I’ve been missing all these years!

Now, silent movie of today are very different, usually made as some sort of film school project or by some ‘arty’ person, they’re not usually worth watching, but Anthony Spadacinni of Fleet Street Films has mastered the art of the silent film, making them just as well as if sound had never been put to film! His newest silent movie, Room For Rent, is no exception. The story is pretty basic, two women who live together can’t get along when it comes to meal time, one eats healthy, the other doesn’t, one is sort of neat, the other isn’t and the difference seem to go from there. So, after putting up with so much, out neat lady decides that instead of putting up with it, maybe a little poison in the food might be called for!

Room For Rent seems to have been filmed around the same time as Anthony’s latest feature, Head Case. because the two woman are also cast members in that film. You can check out Room For Rent for yourself by heading over to Fleet Street’s YouTube page, whether you’re a fan of silent movies or not, I think you’ll enjoy it. I’m giving Room For Rent three and a half out of four cigars, because, I understand that silent movies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you appreciate how difficult it is to tell a story without any words, then you’ll love this! So, until next time, when I’ll still be trying to understand why two women can’t live in the same house together without it getting ugly, remember that the best movies are bad movies.