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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted December 19 2001 - 07:15 AM

Anyone out there have a favorite silent film?

Mine is Abel Gance's Napoleon.

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted December 19 2001 - 07:20 AM

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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Posted December 19 2001 - 07:42 AM

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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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Dave L

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Posted December 19 2001 - 07:48 AM

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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Posted December 19 2001 - 09:09 AM

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Posted December 19 2001 - 11:13 AM

As a SF nut, I would pick Metropolis (1926).

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Posted December 19 2001 - 11:26 AM

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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#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Rob Willey

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Posted December 19 2001 - 01:38 PM

The Wind, La Boheme, The Big Parade, City Lights -- it's too hard to choose just one.

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#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted December 19 2001 - 02:03 PM

Dreyer's Passion of Joan of Arc and Chaplin's The Gold Rush.

#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Brian Lawrence

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Posted December 19 2001 - 02:14 PM

Either Potemkin or City Lights , They are both among the greatest films ever made.

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Posted December 20 2001 - 05:23 AM

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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Posted December 20 2001 - 05:50 AM

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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