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THE SILENT ERA & EARLY SOUND: 1894-1929

GO TO 1930

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928) (dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Not Rated) - Bart says, "I've previously confessed that documentaries aren't really my thing, but I've got an even more shameful secret to reveal: I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to the world of silent movies. Not that silent comedies aren't great - a minor Chaplin or Keaton is funnier and more entertaining than 90% of comedies made since - but silent dramas are usually too lacking in complexity to hold my attention for long. Only a few silents I've seen tell a simple enough story to make the lack of sound seem appropriate or advantageous, as opposed to seeming simplified in order to tell the story without sound. Murnau's SUNSET is one, and this riveting collection of close-ups and almost featureless white sets is another. Maria Falconetti's performance is justly regarded as the most compelling in cinema, but much of her effectiveness comes from the contrast between her angelic, suffering face and the craggy, ugly, all-too-human faces of the men who sit in judgment of her."
THE GENERAL (1927) (dir: Buster Keaton / Clyde Bruckman, Not Rated) - Michelle says, "Buster Keaton’s on the wrong side of the Civil War here, but the focus is so centered around a man, a train, and the woman that he loves, that we don’t have much time to worry about what the South and the North are fighting over. Instead, Keaton keeps our attention on the dynamic stunts of his story and the larger arc of proving one’s worth, as he races up and down the tracks on his wood-burning train, frantically climbing on and off and in and out as he follows the Unioners who kidnap his lover into enemy territory. The wit of his physical comedy keeps us giggling and the love interest delivers her share too, mostly at her own expense."
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925) (dir: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Not Rated)
THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) (dir: D.W. Griffith, Not Rated)
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) (dir: Robert Wiene, Not Rated)
THE GOLD RUSH (1925)  (dir: Charles Chaplin, Not Rated)
METROPOLIS (1927) (dir: Fritz Lang, Not Rated)
NOSFERATU (1922) (dir: F.W. Murnau, Not Rated)
SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) (dir: F.W. Murnau, Not Rated)
UN CHIEN ANDALOU (1929) (dir: Luis Buñuel, Not Rated)
Also:

The Kid (1921)

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

The Circus (1928)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Safety Last! (1923)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Faust (1926)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

The Last Laugh (1924)

The Cameraman (1928)

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Pandora's Box (1929)

Blackmail (1929)

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Our Hospitality (1923)

Nanook of the North (1922)

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

The Cocoanuts (1929)

The Navigator (1924)

Häxan (1922)

The Unknown (1927)

Seven Chances (1925)

October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1928)

The Broadway Melody (1929)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

Flesh and the Devil (1926)

The Golem (1920)

The Freshman (1925)

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Orphans of the Storm (1921)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

College (1927)

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

The Lost World (1925)

Les vampires (1915)

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

The Kid Brother (1927)

Girl Shy (1924)

Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)

Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Three Ages (1923)

Sadie Thompson (1928)

The Ring (1927)

Entr'acte (1924)

Speedy (1928)

Easy Virtue (1928)

Male and Female (1919)

It (1927)

The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Battling Butler (1926)

Spies (1928)

The Farmer's Wife (1928)

Why Change Your Wife? (1920)

The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

The Manxman (1929)

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Woman in the Moon (1929)

Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

The King of Kings (1927)

Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)

Don't Change Your Husband (1919)

Spite Marriage (1929)

Foolish Wives (1922)

Robin Hood (1922)

Grandma's Boy (1922)

Blood and Sand (1922)

Why Worry? (1923)

The Iron Horse (1924)

The Black Pirate (1926)

The Saphead (1920)

Hallelujah! (1929)

His New Job (1915)

Hot Water (1924)

Piccadilly (1929)

For Heaven's Sake (1926)

The Mysterious Lady (1928)

The Love Parade (1929)

The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Applause (1929)

The Ace of Hearts (1921)

Judex (1916)

The Student of Prague (1913)

The Temptress (1926)

Waxworks (1924)

Dr. Jack (1922)

Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Arsenal (1928)

Camille (1921)

Chess Fever (1925)

The Strong Man (1926)

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926)

The Little Match Girl (1928)

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

Teddy at the Throttle (1917)

The Three Musketeers (1921)

Body and Soul (1925)

Nana (1926)

3 Bad Men (1926)

Four Sons (1928)

Charleston Parade (1927)

Whirlpool of Fate (1925)

The Girl with the Hat Box (1927)

Behind That Curtain (1929)

Long Pants (1927)

Hangman's House (1928)

Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)

Just Pals (1920)

The Danger Girl (1916)

The Sultan's Wife (1917)

Siren of the Tropics (1927)