Anyone watch silent movies?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Kandahar, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. Kandahar

    Kandahar Banned

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    Does anyone here enjoy the old silent movies from the 1910s and 1920s? I've only seen a few, but I love them. I've seen Nosferatu, Phantom of the Opera, and The Birth of a Nation and think that they're all terrific. Does anyone have any silent movie recommendations?
  2. syd

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    I dont watch silent movies, but i did see Mel brook's Silent Movie, that was good.
  3. Skelter

    Skelter Helter

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    yes i love silent movies, i've got these on dvd:

    The Gold Rush
    City Lights
    The Birth Of A Nation
    The Cabinet Of Dr.Caligari
    The Phantom Of The Opera
    Battleship Potemkin
    The Last Laugh
    The Golem
    + A couple of Buster Keaton Dvds

    you might want check out this list:
  4. Faerie

    Faerie Peachy

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    Just Nosferatu... But its awsome
  5. m6m

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    I've seen all of the great Charlie Chaplin's films.

    There is a humanity in his films that is as rare as moon-dust.

    Starring while also directing these films without any written script, rather creating the story as you film it. That's spontaneous genius!

    That's Picasso on celluloid.
  6. famousblueraincoat

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    as i have said somewhere here before, i see all kinds of movies. ;)

    start with the really old 1/2/3/ mins of the early period 1895-1910 - films of the Lumieres and all. then go on to watch some of George Melies's films. they are awesome. they were also prodused round about the 1896/97 timeline. and... they are in colour, i mean they manually coloured the entire film stalk! next ... someone here has posted a really nice list of movies to start with. but i'd have to add a few must-views :

    1. some of the earliest films of the Lumiere brothers, George Melies, R.W. Paul and so on.
    2. The Passion of Joan of Arc - Carl Dreyer, amazing film - Gaudard quotes this brilliantly in Vivre Sa Vie.
    3. Strike - Sergei Eisenstein (apart from Battleship Potemkin of course) - Eisenstein was a god!
    4. The Man With the Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov; talk of experimentation, see what the legend achieved in the 20s only.
    5. Raja Harishchandra - Dadasaheb Phalke; this is how it all started in India.
    6. probably all the Chaplin shorts.
    7. Broken Blossoms, The Lone Dale Operator, Intolerance - D.W. Griffith (apart from The Birth of a Nation) - you'll see the rudiments of the classical 30s-50s Westerns emerging in Griffith, esp. The Lone Dale Operator; and more generally, classical Hollywood realism taking shape.
    8. i think someone has already mentioned The Cabinet of Dr. Calligari and Nosferatu, brilliant films both of them.

    so i think these should be good enuff for starters... tho' getting hold of a lot of them can be a prob. our university film studies dept. has a huge archive, so i manage to get hold of practically everything. but especially the early films are rare...
  7. Acorn

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    i bought a super cheap dvd with like 6 charlie chaplin movies. quite cool. i like the music on them too.
  8. Ole_Goat

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    "The General" by Buster Keaton (1926)
    "Steamboat Bill Jr."by Buster Keaton (1928) - if only for the front of the house falling around him during the hurricane scene.

    "Modern Times" by Charlie Chaplin (1936)
    All of Laurel and Hardy Shorts
  9. Skelter

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    I have a lot of trouble finding silent movies. I have to order them from the internet. Some movies are only released in the US or aren't released at all.
  10. cerridwen

    cerridwen in stitches

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    I've watched a couple... they're pretty good actually... silent and black/white films are so great...
  11. purplemoonbeams

    purplemoonbeams Member

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    I love silent movies! Silents, and early comedies such as the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, aka the good stuff!

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