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Pre-1930s Challenge; Official: August 2012
Topic Started: Jul 29 2012, 07:03:11 AM (4,151 Views)
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Pre-1930s Challenge!

Goal:
Watch as many movies from before the 1930s (i.e. up to and including 1929) as possible.
This will, obviously, mostly be silent films but there's still room for a few early talkies in there (if you're brave enough). Note that the handful of post-1929 silent films on the lists below obviously won't count for this challenge.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- No rewatches

Challenge runs from 1 August 2012 - 31 August 2012.

Official lists:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1910s/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+top+100+silent+era+films/

Unofficial lists:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/100+silent+films+bfi+screen+guide/timec/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s/mightysparks/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cinemacoms+200+important+silent+films/local+hero+--+aka+mestnyigeroi/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/criterionforum+lists+project+-+pre-1920s+version+3.0/timec/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/criterionforum+lists+project+-+1920s+version+3.0/timec/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/a+decade+of+horror+1920s/tigerlily76/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/diskuterfilm.coms+top+30+from+the+silent+era/uruloki/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/taschens+movies+of+the+1890s-1920s/pitn/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+top+300+silent+era+films/themajor/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tspdt+starting+list+pt.+1+from+beginning+through+1929/mrjeels/

Do please note that some of the above lists may contain lost films (I think there's quite a few in the Decade of Horror list).

Participants: (correct as of the 27th)
3eyes - 50
allisoncm - 4
bobbybrown
burneyfan - 9
Cippenham - 26
Crinderman - 3
dombrewer - 2
frbrown - 6
jgwr - 11
Knaldskalle - 11
Kowry - 20
Lilarcor - 9
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi - 14
mightysparks - 27
Mochard - 10
Nuclearplanet
rohit - 20
sushantv10 - 76
themagician - 5
Timec - 32
tommy_leazaq - 14
VincentPrice - 9
WalterNeff - 39
Edited by jgwr, Sep 2 2012, 03:53:00 AM.
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I'm in! Aiming for gold on the Top 100 Silent Era list.
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Another good pre-30s list: TSPDT Starting List (Pt. 1: From Beginning through 1929)
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I want to try and seek a verity of types of films that I don't usually dwell into - Silent films are included. So hell yeah I'm in! :thumbsup:
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I'm in as well.
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I'm in reluctantly but I'm in all the same. I do tend to struggle with silents, especially if they don't grab me at the start and it becomes a chore to watch. I may actually choose some different music to listen to while watching the odd one, but that depends on the soundtrack.

I am halfway through watching Les Vampires so with 5 episodes left, I am hoping to finally finish it off. I am assuming as the episodes are all longer than 42 mins then I can count each "episode" as an entry?

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I just watched some silents, but sure, I'm always watching more. I'm in.

Does anyone have a link to the 67-minute version of Burlesque on Carmen? I saw the shorter version years ago, but most lists don't distinguish the two versions so it's irritating that I can never check it.
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I'm in - shooting for Bronze on the 1910s list as a goal - I need 24.
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In as well, have got 16 pre-1930s movies I haven't seen laying around so I'll try to watch all of those. Mostly early Hitchcock and German silents.
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I'm in. Gonna focus on the Top 100 Silent Era Films list.
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Count me in.
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I'm in.
Edited by Timec, Jul 29 2012, 05:04:26 PM.
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Count me in as well, will work on IMDB 1910s and 100 Top Silent Era lists mainly.

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I am halfway through watching Les Vampires so with 5 episodes left, I am hoping to finally finish it off. I am assuming as the episodes are all longer than 42 mins then I can count each "episode" as an entry?

I watched Les Vampires last year and seem to remember that some episodes were shorter, but anyway I think that's right in principle.
(I have the same question about the Fantomas serials.)

I'm in, shooting for silver or maybe gold on 100 Silents; also working on 1910s bronze, 100 most significant German films, etc. And "bronze" on 300 silents.
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I'm in!

I'll be aiming for Platinum on the Top 100 Silent Films and maybe (if I have time for it) bronze on the IMDb 1910's list.
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I'm in too, not aiming for any award in particular. 40 silents look like achievable goal for me.

Just pay no attention to my harsh ratings, my scale is skewed in such a way that 90% falls between 4 and 7, and 7 means "very good".
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Jul 29 2012, 07:55:22 PM
I'm in too, not aiming for any award in particular. 40 silents look like achievable goal for me.

Just pay no attention to my harsh ratings, my scale is skewed in such a way that 90% falls between 4 and 7, and 7 means "very good".
Sounds similar to my rating system :P
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I AM IN

Looking at fewer numbers though.
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I'm in, of course!!
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I'm passively in -- I usually watch at least a few pre-'30s films each month, so whatever I see by chance in August will get mentioned here. I'm mostly continuing my summer of westerns (I have at least one pre-'30s western to go) and I hope to revisit the film recommendation exchange thread at some point.
Edited by burneyfan, Jul 31 2012, 03:18:24 PM.
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1. The Cheat (1915) 5/10

There was no sound, so I went on LastFM and started listening to the 'classical' radio. Think I ended up enjoying the film a bit more because the music was good though.

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Got underway with 2 from the 1910s list, I am going for Bronze first for that list:

1. Judith of Bethulia 1914

Great shortish film by D W Griffith, they did like the costume dramas then..

2. Stella Maris 1918

This is a great film with great performances in two roles by Mary Pickford.

The quality of some of these early films is amazing. Especially if you have been watching some new films with terrible plots and acting and getting by with using CGI and special effects to make up for it.

I found this snippet in Wikipedia on Mary Pickford



Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Pickford was believed to be the most famous woman in the world, or, as a silent-film journalist described her, "the best known woman who has ever lived, the woman who was known to more people and loved by more people than any other woman that has been in all history." Pickford's closest female rival at this time at the box office and with the public was 31-year-old Marguerite Clark - (most films starring Clark are now lost apparently but "Snow White" 1916 does exist).

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1. Fantomas - a l'ombre de la guillotine (Fr 13)
2. The thief of Bagdad (24)
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1. Seven Chances (1925)

Short: How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the New York Herald Personal Columns (1904) [10 mins.]

Shows how much cinema advanced in 20 years.
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01. The End of St.Petersburg (1927)
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1.a. Les cartes vivantes (1904) - 5/10 - 3mins
1.b. Daisy Doodad's Dial (1914) - 4/10 - 9mins
1.c. Behind the Screen (1916) - 3/10 - 20mins
1.d. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) - 7/10 - 10mins
1.e. The Finishing Touch (1928) - 3/10 - 23mins

Total: 65mins (Will watch 25mins shorts tomorrow)

These 5 shorts are all from the Top 300 Silent Era Films list and are not on any official lists! Thought I'd mention it in case anyone decides to watch any and then discovers there not official checks :o
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1.a. Les cartes vivantes (1904) - 5/10 - 3mins
1.b. Daisy Doodad's Dial (1914) - 4/10 - 9mins
1.c. Behind the Screen (1916) - 3/10 - 20mins
1.d. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) - 7/10 - 10mins
1.e. The Finishing Touch (1928) - 3/10 - 23mins
1.f. Sunnyside (1919) - 4/10 - 29mins

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3. The Blue Bird 1918

Shows extraordinary imagination, but too much fantasy for my liking but very well done for its time

4. Daddy Long-Legs 1919

This is based on a book and has been remade in the Talkies era but here again Mary Pickford starts out as an orphan, I thought this film is good but not anywhere near as good as Stella Maris.




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2. Foolish Wives (1922) 5/10

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Does anyone know if there is a longer version of the Meliere short Tunneling the Channel aka Le tunnel sous la manche (1907) available than the 14-minute version on Youtube? It should be 23 minutes long according to IMDb and Wikipedia.
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1. Shorts I ~ 93min
     1.1 A Corner in Wheat (1909) - 14min
     1.2 The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) - 17min
     1.3 The Immigrant (1917) - 21min
     1.4 Cops (1922) - 18min
     1.5 The Girl and Her Trust (1912) - 15min
     1.6 The Lonely Villa (1912) - 8min

Cops was a fun Buster Keaton short, I'm starting to like him more. The Immigrant by Chaplin was also fun. The others were D.W. Griffith's shorts. They were all a bit hard to follow, but interesting. The Girl and Her Trust was the most entertaining one.

The lengths of the shorts above may differ a bit from the lengths that are on their IMDb pages.
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Kowry
Aug 2 2012, 10:27:47 AM
Does anyone know if there is a longer version of the Meliere short Tunneling the Channel aka Le tunnel sous la manche (1907) available than the 14-minute version on Youtube? It should be 23 minutes long according to IMDb and Wikipedia.
That's the length of the version on the Flicker Alley DVD, which is the full-length version.
IMDB and Wiki have been known to be wrong about these things...
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3. Juve contre Fantomas (Fr 13)
4. The lost world (25)
5. The man who laughs (28)


About The Lost World - it was one of my favorite books when I was around 9. Still holds up. No film can really do justice to the satire of scientific rivalry. When I was a kid we had an 8mm reel of highlights from this film. I was glad to see the whole thing. At least they didn't find it necessary to put in man-eating spiders as a later version I saw part of did.

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I am in.
I saw some 10 from this era in last 4 days. I wish my timing was in sync with the challenge :)

For now:
1. Korkarlen (1921)
2. La chute de la Maison Usher (1928)
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Aug 2 2012, 12:55:15 PM

Cops was a fun Buster Keaton short, I'm starting to like him more. The Immigrant by Chaplin was also fun. The others were D.W. Griffith's shorts. They were all a bit hard to follow, but interesting. The Girl and Her Trust was the most entertaining one.

The lengths of the shorts above may differ a bit from the lengths that are on their IMDb pages.
I'd any day prefer Keaton over Chaplin. Saw all the films from his Golden period early last year. He's awesome!

Allow me to recommend Go West and Cameraman, if you haven't seen them already.
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1. Wings (1927) - for Platinum in Best Picture Academy Awards
2. The Cheat (1915)
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Aug 2 2012, 12:55:15 PM

Cops was a fun Buster Keaton short, I'm starting to like him more. The Immigrant by Chaplin was also fun. The others were D.W. Griffith's shorts. They were all a bit hard to follow, but interesting. The Girl and Her Trust was the most entertaining one.

The lengths of the shorts above may differ a bit from the lengths that are on their IMDb pages.
I'd any day prefer Keaton over Chaplin. Saw all the films from his Golden period early last year. He's awesome!

Allow me to recommend Go West and Cameraman, if you haven't seen them already.
I like Chaplin more, but I think I should rewatch The General. Didn't care that much about it when I saw it, but maybe I'd like it more now. And with silents the soundtrack you watch them with is important - I was a bit irritated by The General soundtrack, so that probably dragged the movie down a bit. But I think that with slapstick shorts often work better than features.

And thanks for the recommendations, haven't seen either of those. Beside The General and Cops I think I've only seen Sherlock Jr. (okay) One Week (pretty good) from Keaton.
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2. Juve contre Fantomas (1913) - 6/10

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Aug 2 2012, 12:55:15 PM

Cops was a fun Buster Keaton short, I'm starting to like him more. The Immigrant by Chaplin was also fun. The others were D.W. Griffith's shorts. They were all a bit hard to follow, but interesting. The Girl and Her Trust was the most entertaining one.

The lengths of the shorts above may differ a bit from the lengths that are on their IMDb pages.
I'd any day prefer Keaton over Chaplin. Saw all the films from his Golden period early last year. He's awesome!

Allow me to recommend Go West and Cameraman, if you haven't seen them already.
Ooh, yes, and The Play House (1921) -- that one's funny. Two others I really like that may be more idiosyncratic choices are The Frozen North (1922) and The Electric House (1922) -- oh shoot, and there's The High Sign (1921) and One Week (1920) and The Haunted House (1921) and...oh, they're all good. :rolleyes:
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