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    Favorite Silent Film

    What is your favorite silent film?
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    there are still a lot of Silent films I like to see.
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    Keaton kicks

    Robyn, how does that Keaton box-set from Kino look ? These cheap R0 Keaton volumes look alright, but I have no doubt the much more expensive Kino set looks a whole lot better.




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    Nosferatu and Battleship Potemkin are my two favorites, followed by The General, The Big Parade, The Crowd, Intolerance, and just about anything by Chaplin.

    One silent film that I really, REALLY want to see is Sunrise. It's too bad the film is only availble with the purchase of three other discs.

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    Häxan (and no, I still have no idea how it's pronounced...)

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    haven't seen Häxan yet, it's been on the wishlist wayyy too long though.


    my favorite so far w/o a doubt has got to be 'City Lights'
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    DIE NIBELUNGEN: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    I watched the first disc of DIE NIBELUNGEN last night and I have to say SIEGFRIED ROCKED!!! It was like The Lord of The Rings:20's style! Going to check out the other disc sometime this week. Kino did a pretty swell job with the sound and picture quality.
    Now...bring on METROPOLIS.

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    Quote (originally posted by John Gargo):

    “Häxan (and no, I still have no idea how it's pronounced...)”

    John, if you listened to the Audio Commentary on the Criterion DVD of HAXAN (1922), you should know that it is pronounced “Heksen”. If you don’t own this disc yet, you are missing out on one of the finest DVDs out there, in my opinion, of course! You can always buy it, watch it and sell or trade it later on!


    Quote (originally posted by John McMinn):

    “One silent film that I really, REALLY want to see is Sunrise. It's too bad the film is only availble with the purchase of three other discs.”

    Come on, man! It shouldn’t be too difficult to find three discs you’d like to own from Fox’s upcoming slate of “Studio Classics” DVDs. How about, say, a classic adventure movie (THE MARK OF ZORRO [1940]), a film noir masterpiece (LAURA [1944]) and a landmark Sci-Fi film (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL [1951]), for starters?


    Quote (originally posted by Michael Elliott):

    “THE ART OF BUSTER KEATON is one of the greatest releases out there. I sadly sold my copy but plan on rebuying it very soon. I didn't watch the bonus disc but I believe there is a restored version of the short HARD LUCK, which should be pretty cool.”

    I agree 100% with you on this, Michael! That Bonus Disc has much more to recommend it besides HARD LUCK (1921). My own particular favorite is a chilling adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Overcoat” made in 1954 for the “Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents” TV series, entitled THE AWAKENING. It offers a rare opportunity for Keaton to play a serious role and I must say he handles it superbly! Here is a link to a thorough review of the KEATON PLUS Bonus Disc:

    http://www.silentera.com/DVD/keatonPlusDVD.html


    At any rate, here’s my list of Favorite Silent Films (picked out of my DVD collection):

    1. THE GENERAL (1926)
    2. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928)
    3. NOSFERATU (1922)
    4. HAXAN (1922)
    5. LES VAMPIRES (1915-16)

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    NAPOLEON directed by Abel Gance. The only 3 hour film I can watch over and over and over. Not on DVD?!!

    PANDORA'S BOX directed by G.W. Pabst. Louise Brooks gives an iconic performance that is postmodern even in 2003. The most stunningly erotic woman ever to grace the screen IMHO. I had to order a PAL DVD of this from Amazon UK.

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    Originally posted by Kenton Sem
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    NAPOLEON directed by Abel Gance. The only 3 hour film I can watch over and over and over. Not on DVD?!!

    PANDORA'S BOX directed by G.W. Pabst. Louise Brooks gives an iconic performance that is postmodern even in 2003. The most stunningly erotic woman ever to grace the screen IMHO. I had to order a PAL DVD of this from Amazon UK.
    I actually saw Pandoras Box at my local art house cinema a couple of weeks ago.I thoroughly enjoyed it and agree Brooks was (way)ahead of her time.
    This weekend the same cinema is showing The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari.Anybody who has an arthouse cinema within travelling distance should definitely try and see some of these films on the big screen,you won't be disappointed.

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    Originally posted by Lee Grime
    I actually saw Pandoras Box at my local art house cinema a couple of weeks ago.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by MARIO GAUCI
    Come on, man! It shouldn?t be too difficult to find three discs you?d like to own from Fox?s upcoming slate of ?Studio Classics? DVDs. How about, say, a classic adventure movie (THE MARK OF ZORRO [1940]), a film noir masterpiece (LAURA [1944]) and a landmark Sci-Fi film (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL [1951]), for starters?

    No, I won't have any trouble finding three discs that I'd like to own from the Studio Classics series - in fact, I'd like to own the whole collection. I guess my complaint about buying three other discs is pointless, but it would still be nice to see Sunrise available on its own. I suppose this is the only way we can get Fox to release its silents since the discs "won't sell." Hopefully other studios (i.e. Warner) will follow Fox's lead.

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    Other Silents I like;

    The Red Inn
    Un Chien Andalou
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    Originally posted by Michael Elliott
    I heard something really depressing the other day. Apparently only 12% of Universal's silent films are still available. I read an article that the studio destroyed most of their silent films during the 1940s. I also read a real horror story about MGM and how they maintained their film vaults. Apparently every single film in there is in VERY bad condition with very few of their silents still viewable.
    Shows how much Universal thought of their silent films then.
    "Sailing out beside the sea, out beside the sunken dream"

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