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So I think silent films rock. What are your favorite silent films? And do you prefer dramas or comedies?

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I prefer dramas, comedies can be good but most of them are a tad derivative. My favorites are of course from German Expressionism: Metropolis and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

edited 8th Oct '10 11:43:18 PM by Maxmordon

I really liked Pandoras Box with Louise Brooks. I also love Charlie Chaplins silent films. Of course Metropolis is on the top of the list as well. I guess for depends, because I like how in silent films they have to really work to set an emotion across without words for drama, while I also like how silent films take advantage of physical comedy.
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 4 Taelor, Tue, 12th Oct '10 2:49:43 PM from The Paths of Spite
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A watched Sunrise a while back. It was exceptionally well made, but suffered from major values dissonance.
 5 Taelor, Tue, 12th Oct '10 2:49:58 PM from The Paths of Spite
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A watched Sunrise a while back. It was exceptionally well made, but suffered from major Values Dissonance.
 6 slowzombie, Tue, 12th Oct '10 4:20:12 PM from Way up North
Me, I go for silent horror films. For example? Call of Cthulhu, a fan-made Retraux adptation of the HPL short story. It might be my favorite adaptation, and the best use of Alien Geometries in any movie I've seen. Also, for some reason, I've never finished Nosferatu, should probably get to it.
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The Kid has always been a favorite of mine. I pretty much like all of Charlie Chaplin's films, and though I haven't really seen much of Buster Keaton, I've liked what I've seen. Sherlock, Jr. is a good one of his.
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I'm actually going on a silent film binge myself now after seeing Hugo. My personal favorites so far are The Passion of Joan of Arc, Sunrise, The General, and of course, Metropolis...

edited 6th Dec '11 5:24:22 PM by tonagamu

 10 Egregious Eric, Wed, 7th Dec '11 2:01:07 PM from space (I am from space)
Now that i've seen some silent films, these are the ones i really liked:

edited 7th Dec '11 6:22:41 PM by EgregiousEric

 11 Buscemi, Wed, 7th Dec '11 2:17:08 PM from a log cabin
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The Artist is out right now. It could be the first silent film since 1927's Wings to win Best Picture.
I like trippy stuff like Caligari and Nosferatu. Watching them without sound always adds to the atmosphere.

Would I sound crazy if I predicted a slight revivalist movement of Silent Era films? I mean, last year Metropolis was one of the best selling DV Ds for silent films in years, The Artist is showing signs of being the first silent film to win best picture since Wings, Hugo was dedicated to remembering the old classics, etc. I wouldn't put it past people in our generation, seeing as we seem to be reviving everything nowadays. Maybe we'll pick back up on silent films and re-explore them in ways that nobody would have dared to in the 1920s....

Or maybe I'm just a dreamer, idk.
 14 Dr Furball, Thu, 8th Dec '11 7:25:00 PM from All Along the Watchtower Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
I watched some silent films during my horror movie marathon in October. The Call of Cthulhu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Phantom of the Opera, Nosferatu...all great stuff.

I'm interested in seeing some comedies, I should get onto that.
[up] I highly recommend The General.

edited 8th Dec '11 11:35:20 PM by tonagamu

 16 Belfagor, Fri, 9th Dec '11 2:42:19 PM from Nonantola, Italy
Where do I begin? I love Battleship Potemkin, Nosferatu, Sunrise, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Intolerance, City Lights and The Gold Rush. And this is just a small part of the list.
I don't know why but I can't get into Chaplin's stuff, I'm just a weirdo.
 18 Drenius, Sat, 10th Dec '11 2:15:29 PM from Northern Virginia
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I'm fond of Battleship Potemkin, Nosferatu, Metropolis, Vampyr, Destiny, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Die Niebelungen, and Our Hospitality as well as many other Buster Keaton films.
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 19 feotakahari, Sat, 10th Dec '11 8:15:22 PM from Looking out at the city
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Now that I think about it, the only silent I've watched in its entirety is Modern Times. This clip up through 1:30 is the most "Oh my God, this is my life!" thing I've ever seen in a movie:

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This list has been pretty helpful in finding decent films.
 21 Egregious Eric, Mon, 12th Mar '12 9:12:22 AM from space (I am from space)
I watched The Black Pirate recently, it was pretty good. It's not seen enough despite being on the National Film Registry and available online*, on IMDb it's only got around 700 votes. If you have an account there i recommend you watch and rate it.
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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Unknown

The Last Laugh

edited 1st Apr '12 8:15:59 AM by Picheleiro

 23 Psychobabble 6, Mon, 2nd Apr '12 7:39:25 AM from the spark of Westeros
I like Buster Keaton shorts. And Metropolis is, simply put, a masterpiece.

A little while ago, I was thinking about those little animated shorts that have become popular in the last decade or so (like the ones that Pixar does). Almost none of them have words, and a lot of them are at best about as long as the really early silent films, like the ones that Melies made. Those shorts have more of a focus on the visual appeal, but there are also a lot of elements that bear striking resemblances to older silents. Just thought it was kind of interesting.
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