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« on: May 13, 2022, 10:39:57 PM »

I know lots of folks don't watch silent movies. But if you do- what do you consider the best?

For me- and this is in no real order.

1. SAFETY LAST (1923) with Harold Llyod.

The clock scene, of course, is classic.

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2022, 11:30:37 PM »

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925)

THE GENERAL  (1926)

THE KID  (1921)

THE GOLD RUSH  (1925)

BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919)

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2022, 03:44:13 AM »

7) The Phantom of the Opera.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2022, 03:58:03 AM »


8. PANDORA'S BOX (1929)
This movie is...I can't explain it. It oozes despair and sex.
With the stunning Louise Brooks. I dare anyone to show me any actress who is this sexy and cool...and you never hear her voice. She is dangerous.

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2022, 08:58:20 AM »

I doubt I've seen 100 silent movies... I'd guess it's closer to 50 or so. But if we're making a list then one of my all-time favorites,

9. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2022, 09:34:19 AM »

 ^ I'm certain I haven't either. But we can give it the ol' BAD movies try!

10. the GOLEM (1920)
Though a 1914 version once existed, only snippets remain now.
The 1920 version is a beautiful watch. The Karl Freund cinematography is stunning.

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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2022, 09:41:33 AM »

11 Nosfertu (1922)



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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2022, 09:45:23 AM »

^ I knew that was coming up soon!  Thumbup And well it should!
A film that is 100 years old and still gives folks the willies? Classic.



OK- I'm going to try and keep track of what's going on. I usually fail.  Lookingup

1. SAFETY LAST (1923)
2.BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925)
3. THE GENERAL  (1926)
4.THE KID  (1921)
5.THE GOLD RUSH  (1925)
6. BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919)
7. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
8. PANDORA'S BOX (1929)
9. the CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
10. the GOLEM (1920)
11. NOSFERATU (1922)

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2022, 10:29:57 AM »

I'm not surprised that comedy and horror is the most beloved genres of silent film. It was all visual. Beyond some guy playing a rinky-dink piano.
Dramas need a plot. Slapstick needs a guy falling on his ass and horror needs a "BOO!"

12. DR.MABUSE,THE GAMBLER (1922)

Fritz (METROPLIS) Lang's take on the 'Master Villain' ( which had already been done in serials like FANTOMAS and such).
So outrageous only Lang could have done it so beautiful and grimy at the same time. The birth of film noir, I think.
I saw it on PBS in the mid 70's, on a small black and white TV late at night. Perfect.

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2022, 11:56:16 AM »

13.  SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS (1927) 

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2022, 12:02:17 PM »

^ A beautiful movie.
It's a shame Murnau died so young. It's like Lon Chaney. Or James Dean. How much more they had to give was gone too soon.
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2022, 12:15:05 PM »

14. Harold Shaw's De Voortrekkers [The Pathfinders, 1916]

One of the few surviving South African silent films. What remains of it can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1yDtedt2iw

I'm not sure who the idiot was who added sound to it.
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2022, 01:22:45 PM »

15. Symbol of Sacrifice (1918): another early silent which exists partly with us.
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2022, 02:35:59 PM »

16 Sherlock Jr. (1924)


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17. The Phantom Carriage (1921)

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