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Favorite silent movie?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Patrick McCart, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Well-Known Member

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    Anyone out there have a favorite silent film?

    Mine is Abel Gance's Napoleon.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Easy: Battleship Potemkin, by Sergei Eisenstein. When watching this pioneering exercise in montage, one doesn't even notice the fact that it's a silent film. Brilliant--especially that celebrated "Odessa Steps" scene.
     
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    Mine is a close tie between Victor Sjostrom's The Wind and F.W. Murnau's Sunrise, followed by Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc and Yasujiro Ozu's I Was Born But....
     
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    Well, two of my favorites were already mentioned, "Napoleon" and "Potemkin." Actually, "Napoleon" was the first that came to my mind.

    So, I think I'll pick "The Big Parade" -- it's a terrific, entertaining film that doesn't often get mentioned, and it stars John Gilbert, who was a first tier star at the time, although he also doesn't get mentioned a lot anymore. Saw this film on the big screen with a live orchestra and an in-person introduction by John Gilbert's daughter, who penned her father's biography. Needless to say, it was easy to understand why this was a huge hit in the late 1920s.

    Runnersup: Buster Keaton's "The General," "Wings," and "Ben Hur, a Tale of the Christ." All these films prove that lack of sound is no detriment to artistry or entertainment.
     
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    Anyone around here who knows me at all likely already knows what I'm going to say...
    The General
     
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    As a SF nut, I would pick Metropolis (1926).
     
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    Metropolis is a great choice.

    My fave is City Lights.

    And another goodie is Silent Movie.

    I saw Potemkin once, in a film class. I should check it out again.
     
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    The Wind, La Boheme, The Big Parade, City Lights -- it's too hard to choose just one.

    Rob
     
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    Dreyer's Passion of Joan of Arc and Chaplin's The Gold Rush.
     
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    Either Potemkin or City Lights , They are both among the greatest films ever made.
     
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    I haven't really seen enough silent films to make an informed decision, but I'll go with The General for now.
     
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    Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Others would include:
    The Wind, Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, Steamboat Bill Jr., Sherlock Jr., The Gold Rush and Broken Blossoms.
     

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