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Silent Challenge; February 2015
Topic Started: Jan 31 2015, 02:51:19 PM (5,095 Views)
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Silent Challenge

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Goal:
Watch as many silent films as you can between February 1 and February 28 2015.

Only true silent films count for this challenge, this includes modern films that are silents exclusively. No part-talkies allowed, or movies that have silent versions but also exist (or have existed) in sound versions.

As always, if you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- The miniseries rule applies
- Rewatches allowed.


Lists:

Official
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+top+300+silent+era+films/ (official)
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/silent+but+not+forgotten+the+best+silent+films/ (official)

Other
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/hollywood+a+celebration+of+the+american+silent+film/120yrs120months/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cinemacoms+200+important+silent+films/local+hero+--+aka+mestnyigeroi/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/100+silent+films+bfi+screen+guide/timec/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/diskuterfilm.coms+top+30+from+the+silent+era/uruloki/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/peter+kobels+silent+movies/arthuryanthar/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/st.+gloedes+complementary+silent+selection/st.+gloede/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cinema+europe+the+other+hollywood/thorkell/


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Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi - 15

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Wise Jake - 8

jgwr - 4
Melvelet - 4

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Lilarcor - 3

Wonderful Rainbow - 2
Edited by Lilarcor, Mar 1 2015, 02:17:23 PM.
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Shhhhh! It's a silent challenge.



I'm in.
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Jan 31 2015, 03:18:45 PM
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Intertitles allowed?

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I am in Watchlist order from shortest runtime and silent
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sure i'm in.

can have synchronised soundtracks...so does that mean stuff like most norman mclaren shorts would count? seems a bit broad...
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Feb 1 2015, 07:21:35 AM
sure i'm in.

can have synchronised soundtracks...so does that mean stuff like most norman mclaren shorts would count? seems a bit broad...
Poor definition I agree. I'll delete that sentence.
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1. Rosita (1923) - 7/10

Not quite the Lubitsch touch, but enjoyable enough.
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I'm in. I'll watch a few at least, hopefully more.
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01. Don Juan -- Crosland, 1926.

John Barrymore was still enough in his prime to play the famous lover, although I suspect someone like John Gilbert might have done this particular role even better (recalling him from Bardelys the Magnificent -- still, few can roll their eyes quite like Barrymore!). Watchable adventure-romance with comic bits, and an overabundance of pretty damsels, including Mary Astor (lead role) and Myrna Loy (minor minion role).
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Burney's back. :circle:
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Feb 1 2015, 08:22:54 PM
Burney's back. :circle:
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Feb 1 2015, 08:24:24 PM
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Feb 1 2015, 08:22:54 PM
Burney's back. :circle:
:party: :circle: :clap:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
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hi burney.
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1. Abwege / The devious path (Ger 28)

Possibly not blue ribbon Pabst, but the extended nightclub scene grabbed me as Weimar expressionism to the max.

The English subs were cut off on youtube, but my German was equal to the original ITs, of which there weren't all that many anyhow.

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Cool!

1. Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920)

Powerful and provocative but a little too crammed with plot.
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2. Shen nu aka The Goddess (1934) - 7/10

I felt the story was a bit manipulative, but I liked the cinematography.

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1. Rapsodia satanica (1917) 8/10 Very interesting film. a take on faust. poetic melodrama with maybe some political allegory. the outdoor photography is real nice. groovy hand-tinting for quite a bit of the film. I can wetransfer it if anyone wants.
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1. Abwege / The devious path (Ger 28)

Possibly not blue ribbon Pabst, but the extended nightclub scene grabbed me as Weimar expressionism to the max.


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Burney's back. :circle:
:party: :circle: :clap:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
:ph43r: My old nemesis returns.

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Yes, I saw that Don Juan. I no longer remember it that well, and that's my review of it.
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1. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) 8.5/10
2. Decasia (2002) 6.5/10
a. La perle (1929) 7.5/10
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2. Battling Butler (26)

I don't know what it is about Buster Keaton - how much I enjoy his films depends a lot on my mood, I think. (The Navigator put me to sleep.) Anyway, I enjoyed this more than many. Coupla laugh-aloud moments. I've had a rough few days and I guess this was just what I needed.
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:hug: (l) :hug: (l) :cheers: :cheers: :hug: (l) :hug: (l) to you forum folk -- I've missed you!

02. The Manxman -- Hitchcock, 1929.

This love triangle melodrama might be regarded a bit more kindly, if it didn't have the Hitchcock name on it; knowing what was ahead for the director makes it seem even less impressive. It's very prettily lighted and shot, and competently directed; the plot is more of a...bummer (?) than a weepie -- it makes me find it simultaneously more interesting and more off-putting than if it had been plotted differently. Minor Hitchcock, but not really a chore for completists, so long as they aren't expecting a thriller.


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So films with synchronized sound count, just as long as they don't have dialogue?
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Feb 2 2015, 04:43:22 AM
So films with synchronized sound count, just as long as they don't have dialogue?
I'm not the challenge organizer (and in case your post was in reference to mine, The Manxman didn't have synchronized sound), but I believe that in the past, films from the silent era that had sound synchronization (like crowd noises or a soundtrack, horse hooves, that sort of thing) were counted. If memory serves, Fejos's Lonesome would be an example of the kind of film I'm talking about. I defer to the challenge organizer's judgment (or other people's memories of past silent challenges), though!
Edited by burneyfan, Feb 2 2015, 05:05:07 AM.
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Nooooo....

I want in, but I'm soooo close to finishing the Sight and Sound list.

EDIT: Also I noticed that burney was online at one point but I didn't say anything cause it might have just been a quick browse (and a tease for the rest of the forum). Glad to have you back!

Looks like 1/3rd of my Christmas wishes on that letter I made as a joke came true. Now for Pain to come back.
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Feb 2 2015, 08:50:13 AM
Nooooo....

I want in, but I'm soooo close to finishing the Sight and Sound list.

EDIT: Also I noticed that burney was online at one point but I didn't say anything cause it might have just been a quick browse (and a tease for the rest of the forum). Glad to have you back!

Looks like 1/3rd of my Christmas wishes on that letter I made as a joke came true. Now for Pain to come back.
less than 50! wow. and all but like 6 are between '63-'77.
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Fuck it, in. Sight and Sound can wait for a bit. A new list every 10 years anyways and 2/3 are almost done with subs. I miss my silents.
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If anyone here hasn't seen Hindle Wakes, GET ON IT!

The 1910s need more love. Here's a superpost of films I love from that decade in no order:

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Not the best film in that post, but definitely try to check out Christus. Now that film is a silent biblical epic that deserves some praise, not the garbage that Cecil B. DeMille was making.
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1. The Battle of the Somme (1916)

Anyone interested in The Great War should see this film. As a contemporaneous movie, it has its limits (censors and all that), but it holds particular historical significance in how it changed the way war was represented and visualized. Roughly half the population of the UK saw the movie in its first six weeks of release. In the US, it was 65 percent in the first three months.

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Last time I spent most of the month watching silents. I'm currently in a lingering 21st century arthouse mood but the silent era sounds like a good way to counter it^^

1. Coeur fidčle 1923 — a.k.a. The Faithful Heart 8-
I expected it to be a bit more experimental but it I was quite content with this slow melodrama.
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Funny, I started with a Jean Epstein film as well, but a worse one.

Six et demi, onze (1927) 6/10 Some great directing, which is obvious considering that Epstein made it, but the plot was quite underwhelming. And that one dude better stop plucking his eyebrows. It just looks wrong on him. I've made these awesome gifs by this one scene though:

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1. The End of the World, 1916
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1. Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
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Btw, Varieté (1925) will be released on Blu-ray in a few days :)

Later this month there'll also be a BD of In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914).
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