Has there ever been a better time to love the cinema? Sure, it would have been cool to hang out on the Left Bank in ’56 and argue about Ray and Fuller with Jean-Luc, Francois and the gang. And I would dearly like to have shared a pint with documentary makers John Grierson, Basil Wright, Paul Rotha and Humphrey Jennings at a Soho hostelry in the late 1930s (assuming, of course, that they were talking to each other). But if what you care about is actually watching films, then with the DVDs available today and with streaming and specialist cinemas and TV channels and festivals, access to an astounding range of films has never been easier. That said, there are still some areas of film history that are far less well-served than others – and for me one of these is French silent cinema of the 1920s. Which is why it is particularly good news that the 4th Fashion in Film Festival, which opens tonight, is devoted to the work of Marcel L’Herbier. Here’s the slinky, sensuous trailer.