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Silent Challenge; Official, February 2016
Topic Started: Jan 31 2016, 10:33:49 PM (2,738 Views)
clemmetarey
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Goal
Watch as many silent films as you can.
Only silent films made during the silent period are eligible, if you have a doubt whether a film counts or not feel free to ask.


Usual Rules
-Feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
-60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
-The miniseries rule applies (if you're able to find some...)
-Rewatches are allowed.


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Official lists
The Top 300 Silent Era Films
Silent but not Forgotten
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1910s/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s/

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Edited by clemmetarey, Mar 1 2016, 10:18:56 AM.
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In as well

here are links to the articles of David Bordwell + Kristin Thompson and their ongoing series of the best films of 90 years ago
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/12/28/happy-birthday-classical-cinema/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2008/12/31/the-10-best-films-of-the-year-1918/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2009/12/30/the-ten-plus-best-films-of-1919/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2010/12/05/the-ten-best-films-of-1920/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2011/12/29/the-ten-best-films-of-1921/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2012/12/31/the-ten-best-films-of-1922/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2013/12/29/the-ten-best-films-of-1923/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2014/12/28/the-ten-best-films-of-1924/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2015/12/28/the-ten-best-films-of-1925/
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Jan 31 2016, 11:02:59 PM
In as well

here are links to the articles of David Bordwell + Kristin Thompson and their ongoing series of the best films of 90 years ago
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/12/28/happy-birthday-classical-cinema/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2008/12/31/the-10-best-films-of-the-year-1918/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2009/12/30/the-ten-plus-best-films-of-1919/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2010/12/05/the-ten-best-films-of-1920/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2011/12/29/the-ten-best-films-of-1921/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2012/12/31/the-ten-best-films-of-1922/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2013/12/29/the-ten-best-films-of-1923/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2014/12/28/the-ten-best-films-of-1924/
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2015/12/28/the-ten-best-films-of-1925/
Cool, thanks :thumbsup:
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I wish this challenge was in October. :P Heading for this festival this year: http://www.cinetecadelfriuli.org/gcm/ Everything I've read about it makes it seem amazing.
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In.

You can also add the IMDb lists from the 1910s and 1920s, plus

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/start-1910s+watchlist/skyscore/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1890s++1900s++1910s/joschi/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tspdt+top+films+per+year+1890s-1910s/brokenface/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/criterionforum+lists+project+-+1920s+version+3.0/timec/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/criterionforum+lists+project+-+pre-1920s+version+3.0/timec/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s+academy+awards+1927-1930+oscars/moviedearest/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/taschens+movies+of+the+1890s-1920s/pitn/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s/mightysparks/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/a+decade+of+horror+1920s/tigerlily76/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s/joschi/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tspdt+top+25+films+per+year+1920s/brokenface/

And that is not all, oh no, that is not all.
I don't know if there is a list of post-1920s silent films (from late starters like China, Japan, Brazil)?

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The next 'random theme' I rolled was the 1920s which I was going to do this week, but perhaps I should extend it to a month of the silent era. Anyway, I'm in.
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I'll join in my first official challenge. Won't place very high though. I love silents, and have seen so many, but I don't have many unwatched available to me currently and I'm not doing any rewatches at the moment. Whatever I stumble over will be pure luck, so lets hope February is the month for fresh obscure silent uploads everywhere!
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Jan 31 2016, 11:12:37 PM
In.

You can also add the IMDb lists from the 1910s and 1920s, plus

And that is not all, oh no, that is not all.
I don't know if there is a list of post-1920s silent films (from late starters like China, Japan, Brazil)?

Thanks!
I haven't stumble across a list focusing on post-1920s, but if you want to ''explore'' countries, St-Gloebe's and Arthur's lists seems like good starting points.
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I'll give it a go, quite a few silent classics I've never seen. It'll make a nice change from all those sci-fi B movies!
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01. Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (F.W. Murnau, 1926)
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1. The Blue Bird 7.7 Very good! Some killer imagery
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I'm in too.
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02. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
03. Spione (Fritz Lang, 1928)

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1. Queen Kelly (1929): 5/10

A little too subversive and naughty for my tastes. Obviously it didn't help that large chunks of the movie are missing.

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1. High treason (UK 1929)

A weird pacifist/feminist movie starring something resembling the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Good pacifist movies are few and far between (I'd nominate Niemansland) and I'd say this isn't one of them, though it's more earnest than most. Its 1950 setting is one of the weirdest things about it.

The version I saw was 20 min shorter than the reported length, and the playback slowed down drastically during the last 5 minutes, so I don't know if I saw the whole thing or if the whole thing is even available (apparently it was thought lost until fairly recently). There is a sound version available and I could compare them but probably won't.

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1. Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922). Rewatch. I first saw this some years ago and thought it was interesting but slow. This time I saw the Eureka MoC blu-ray and I've since gotten a few more silents under my belt, so I feel better equipped to judge this. It's really good. I'm so glad I bought it. It's not slow, it's deliberately paced and brilliantly sets up the horror pieces/moments. The image is a revelation compared to the DVD I saw previously. There are still a lot of scratchy images, some missing frames, damaged edges and so forth, but at the same time there's a clarity to what is there that's unprecedented on home video, due to the higher level of detail in the image. Given that the movie isn't even supposed to exist (a court ordered it destroyed due to copyright infringement), it's a very impressive presentation.
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04. The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
05. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)

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1. The Freshman (1925) 7/10
I found myself legiitimately laughing at some scenes.

2. Going Straight (1916) 5/10
Nothing really interesting

3. Cabiria (1914) 6/10
Some great decor.

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1. The Green Goddess (1923, Sidney Olcott)

In my review of the sound version of The Green Goddess (1930) I called it "...a bunch of mumbo jumbo" and might be my least favorite George Arliss film. Now I had the pleasure of seeing the original 1923 silent production of The Green Goddess (1923), where Arliss, Alice Joyce & Ivan F. Simpson did their roles like they did in the 1930 version, and it works better as a silent! The story is still a piece of exotic mumbo jumbo, but it feels less corny in this atmosphere. Not among Arliss' best work, but with that ugly mug he makes for a very alluring villain. So much that you end up rooting for him instead of those snotty Brits crashing in his kingdom!
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1. White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) 5/10

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https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/arthur+yanthars+complementary+silent+selection/ettinauer226xl/

"This list is totally not copying St. Gloede's and it's better than his anyways."

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1. The Circus (Charles Chaplin, 1928)

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1a. Teddy at the Throttle (1917) - 18 min - 7/10
1b. One A.M. (1916) - 24 min - 6/10
1c. The Tramp (1915) - 26 min - 6/10
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2a. My Wife's Relations (1922) - 24 min - 7/10
2b. The Balloonatic (1923) - 27 min - 6.5/10
2c. A Free Ride (1915) - 10 min - 5/10

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06. The Thief of Bagdad (Raoul Walsh, 1924)

The Thief of Bagdad was one of the most expensive films of the 1920's which the art director Willam Cameron Menzies justify just fine with his magnificent set design and drawings for the screen. Its quite funny that this man went to direct one of the worts sci-fi movies, "Invaders From Mars" almost 30 years later. It would be interesting to know how much work that was put into the set and costumes to make this film one of the grandest epics ive seen. The story is easy to follow, and the pacing is just perfect, especially in the first part. The second part might be a little bit rushed, and i think it could have laster 30 minutes longer. It feels like every single scene in the movie have some progression and not a single frame is a filler. Douglas Fairbanks acting is great, he was over 40 years old in this film but he is incredibly athletic. To sum it up, the incredible set design, costumes, great acting and also special effects makes every frame of this masterpiece a treat. Without a doubt the best silent film ive seen. 10/10

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3a. The Love Nest (1923) - 20 min - 5/10
3b. A Dog's Life (1918) - 33 min - 7/10
3c. L'orgie romaine (1911) - 8 min - 5/10

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1. Safety Last (1923) Great Ending 7.5/10

2. Within Our Gates (1920) Ahead of it's time and interesting as a historical document, but no compelling narrative. Terrible quality, needs restoring. 6.5/10

3. The Cameraman (1928) What could be better than a monkey with a gatling gun! 8.5/10

4. Stachka/Strike (1925) Reminded me of my time in the yogurt factory, rise up comrades! 8/10

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2. White shadows in the south seas (28)

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01. Die Stra▀e aka The Street

02. Am Rande der Welt aka at the edge of the world
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1. The Doll (1919) * 64 min.


*First time viewing.
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07. The Circus (Charles Chaplin, 1928)
08. Ich mochte kein Mann sein (Ernst Lubitsch, 1918)
09. Rien que les heures (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1926)
10. The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg, 1928)
11. Phantom (F.W.Murnau, 1922)

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2. A Blonde for a Night (1928): 6/10

Totally implausible, but it had its moments. The puns and little jokes in the intertitles reminded me of Harold Lloyd movies.

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1. Silent Shorts
The Boat (1921 Keaton, Cline) - 23 Minutes
The Paleface (1922 Keaton, Cline) - 21 Min
Suspense (1913 Weber) - 10 Min 10 sec
Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888 Le Prince) - 0 Min 3 sec
Shadow (1896 Dickson) - 30 sec
La Lune a un metre (1898 Melies) - 3 Min 10 sec
Kiss in the Tunnel (1899 Smith) - 1 min
What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City (1901 Porter) - 1 min 47
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3. Blind husbands (1919)
4. Die Finanzen des Gro▀herzogs (Ger 1924)

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12. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Fritz Lang, 1924)
13. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (Fritz Lang, 1924)

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2. The Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915). Rewatch. Brilliant but vile!

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1.The Thief of Bagdad (Raoul Walsh, 1924)
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