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allisoncm wrote: September 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm By way of HENRI (https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/) we have two silent Allan Dwan films from 1916 starring Douglas Fairbanks:
1. The Good Bad Man (Allan Dwan, 1916)
2. The Half-Breed (Allan Dwan, 1916)
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7. By the Law (1926, Kuleshov) 8
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92. En rade (1927) - 6/10
93. Eternal Love (1929) - 6/10
94. Forbidden Paradise (1924) - 5/10
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06.a Kino-pravda no. 6, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
06.b Kino-pravda no. 7, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 11 minutes
06.c Kino-pravda no. 8, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
06.d Kino-pravda no. 9, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
06.e Kino-pravda no. 10, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes

Silent Partners (05)
01. Der Student von Prag, by Henrik Galeen (1926) 6/10
02. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by John Robertson (1920) 7/1003.a Kino-pravda no. 21 - Leninskaia Kino-pravda. Kinopoema o Lenine, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 29 minutes
03.b Kino-pravda no. 1, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.c Kino-pravda no. 2, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.d Kino-pravda no. 3, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.e Kino-pravda no. 4, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.f Kino-pravda no. 5, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
04. Kinoglaz, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7/10
05. He who gets slapped, by Victor Sjostrom (1924) 10/10
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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)

21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)

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While this is mostly mentioned nowadays for Rudolph Valentino's small turn, this is a Mae Murray show the whole way through, performing some very physical comedy -- falling backwards turns into an impromptu dance -- while mugging her heart out as she tries to maintain a ruse. The film has little going for it outside of Murray though. The tale does not go in any particularly novel directions and credibility is often strained. Amusing stuff though.
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95. El húsar de la muerte (1925) - 5/10
96. A Woman of Affairs (1928) - 6/10
97. Beggars of Life (1928) - 5/10
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98. Beau Geste (1926) - 6/10
99. The Devious Path (1928) - 7/10
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1. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926) - 8/10
2. Salomé (1922) - 2/10
3. La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928) - 8/10
4-6. Miss Mend (1926) - 8/10 (3 part serial)
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1. Turksib 1929 8/10
These silent documentaries around the edge of avantgarde have been popular in the forum lists for a long time and rightly so. The focus on the industry/the worker's work (instead of his class or foreign enemy) also help with avoiding that annoying propaganda feeling (although it's obvious that it is propaganda) that plagues lots of other Soviet films. It's always a question how to evaluate the non-original soundtrack of a silent film but this one (from the BFI BD) lifts Turksib up quite a bit, the busy rhythm blends in with the low-frame rate rhythm of the environment and machinery.
It is also an interesting follow-up viewing to Dersu Uzala. Here, there is no peaceful living side by side of man and nature. Nature is the enemy to be fought to gather its resources. "War on the primitive" says one of the intertitles.
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1. Mat (1926) 8/10
2. Devushka s korobkoy (1927) 7/10
3. It (1927) 7/10
4. Souls for Sale (1923) 7/10
5. Go West (1925) 6/10
6. Arsenal (1929) 7/10

7. Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) 6/10
8. Queen Kelly (1932) 7/10
9. Cabiria (1914) 6/10
10. The Patsy (1928) 7/10
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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)

22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)

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While it is hard to make heads or tails of the plot with such complex wills for both protagonists and the ridiculous circumstances by which a will ends up on her back, this is a frequently funny affair. It is hilarious to watch Rod La Rocque's attempts to make it around his mansion while his every item of furniture and clothing is sold around him, leading to him parading around in just a towel for a long time. Jack Ackroyd is delightful as a loyal butler too.
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7. La femme de nulle part / The Woman from Nowhere (Louis Delluc, 1922) 7/10
8. Egy fiúnak a fele / The Half of a Boy / Stepmother (Géza von Bolváry, 1924) 7/10
9. I lifvets vår / The Springtime of Life (Paul Garbagni, 1912) 5-6/10
10. Le manoir de la peur / The Manor House of Fear (Alfred Machin, Henry Wulschleger, 1927) 7-8/10

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1. Der Tunnel / The Tunnel (William Wauer, 1915)
2. The Bargain (Reginald Barker, 1914)
3. Danish shorts (60 min):
3a. Kørsel med grønlandske hunde (Peter Elfelt, 1897) 1 min
3b. En ny hat til Madammen (Viggo Larsen, 1906) 6 min
3c. Rosen (Viggo Larsen, 1907) 9 min
3d. Fyrtøjet (Viggo Larsen, 1907) 11 min
3e. Drengen med den sjette sans (Viggo Larsen, 1907) 5 min
3f. Kameliadamen (Viggo Larsen, 1907) 14 min
3g. La Tosca (Viggo Larsen, 1908) 6 min
3h. Capriciosa (Viggo Larsen, 1909) 8 min
4-5. Italian shorts (120 min):
a. Nina la poliziotta (Giuseppe Guarino, 1920) fragment, 12 min
b. Il passato che torna (?, ca. 1924) fragment, 11 min
c. Sotto la maschera / La vendetta del pugnale (?, 1913(?)) fragment, 23 min
d. Idolo infranto (Emilio Ghione, 1913) fragment, 22 min
e. Il protetto della morte / Albertini contra de schorpioen (Filippo Castamagna, 1919) fragment, 10 min
f. Il re dell'abisso (Riccardo Tolentino, 1919) fragment, 10 min
g. Sansone e la ladra di atleti (Amedeo Mustacchi, 1919) fragment, 15 min
h. Il ratto delle Sabine (Ugo Falena, 1910) 17 min
6. Chemi bebia / My Grandmother (Kote Mikaberidze, 1929)
7. La femme de nulle part / The Woman from Nowhere (Louis Delluc, 1922)
8. Egy fiúnak a fele / The Half of a Boy / Stepmother (Géza von Bolváry, 1924)
9. I lifvets vår / The Springtime of Life (Paul Garbagni, 1912)
10. Le manoir de la peur / The Manor House of Fear (Alfred Machin, Henry Wulschleger, 1927)
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100. The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927) - 7/10
101. The River (1928) - 4/10
102. The Salvation Hunters (1925) - 6/10
103. The Matinee Idol (1928) - 7/10
104. Tragedy of the Street (1927) - 5/10
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(Screenshots from 'Opium' & 'Die Todesschleife'),

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21. Opium (Robert Reinert, 1919) 8/10
22. Der Ochsenkrieg (The Great Cattle War, Franz Osten, 1920) 7.5/10
23. The Lost World (Harry O. Hoyt, 1925) 7.5/10 (RV)
24. The Belle of Broadway (Harry O. Hoyt, 1926) 8.5/10
25. Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin: A Symphony of a Big City, Walter Ruttmann, 1927) 9.5/10 (RV)
26. Die Todesschleife (Looping the Loop, Arthur Robison, 1928) 9/10
27. Shanhkayskiy dokument (The Shanghai Document, Yakov Bliokh, 1928) 6.5/10
28. Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1929) 10/10 (RV)

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1. Protéa (Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset, 1913) 8/10
2. Les gaz mortels (The Deadly Gases, Abel Gance, 1916) 7.5/10
3. Haceldama ou Le prix du sang (Julien Duvivier, 1919) 7/10
4. Étude de la Lumière (Maurice Audibert, 1923) 9/10 (27 min), Harmonies de Paris (Lucie Derain, 1929) 7.5/10 (29 min), Jeux arborescents: Fugue en mineur (Émile Malespine, 1931) 7.5/10 (4 min) (Total: 60 min)
5. Âme d'artiste (Heart of an Actress, Germaine Dulac, 1924) 8/10
6. Paris en cinq jours (Paris in Five Days, Pierre Colombier & Nicolas Rimsky, 1926) 7.5/10
7. Ungarische Rhapsodie (Hungarian Rhapsody, Hanns Schwarz, 1928) 8/10
8. Die Abenteurer G.m.b.H. (Adventures Inc., Fred Sauer, 1929) 6.5/10
9. Sorok serdets (Forty Hearts, Lev Kuleshov, 1931) 7.5/10
10. Dvadtsat shest komissarov (Twenty-Six Commissars, Nikoloz Shengelaia, 1932) 8/10
11. Pinocchio (Giulio Antamoro, 1911) 8/10
12. La morte che assolve (Death Absolves, Alberto Carlo Lolli, 1918) 7.5/10
13. Tavadis asuli Meri (Vicountess Meri, Vladimir Barskiy, 1926) 8/10
14. Sumka dipkuryera (The Diplomatic Pouch, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1927) 7.5/10
15. Gospoda Skotininy (The Gentlefolks of Skotinin, Grigoriy Roshal, 1927) 7.5/10
16. Moy syn (My Son, Yevgeni Chervyakov, 1928) 9/10
17. Gesetze der Liebe (Laws of Love, Richard Oswald & Magnus Hirschfeld, 1927) 7.5/10
18. Orchids and Ermine (Alfred Santell, 1927) 8/10
19. Why Be Good? (William A. Seiter, 1929) 8/10
20. Der Adjutant des Zaren (The Adjutant of the Czar, Vladimir Strizhevsky, 1929) 7.5/10
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sol wrote:...watch Rod La Rocque's attempts to make it around his mansion while his every item of furniture and clothing is sold around him, leading to him parading around in just a towel for a long time.
Plus that screenshot. Sold! :D
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1. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed / The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, 1926) (re-watch)

When I first saw this over a decade ago it was listed as the oldest surviving animated feature - and it still is. What's up cinema historians and hunters? Nothing else found in the last decade? But to be fair, given how laborious the process of detailed animation was - of any kind - in those days, it's not surprising that there were very few films made that got to feature length, and that this is the only survivor known. But given the incredible beauty and quality on display here, one can only hope that there are more treasures to be found yet, as this still stands among the greatest achievements in the field. Reiniger's art is simultaneously wildly detailed - as detailed as 2D silhouettes can be anyway - and subtle - what I noticed particularly this time is the small deft choices she makes in creating faces which are all quite distinct from each other. I love the way she creates her monstrous characters and the way they often combine with each other, and the way she handles flight, and combat - it all seems years ahead of it's time, and yet at the same time something hermetic and sealed, in a special class of it's own. Probably because it was so time-consuming, and because a decade later the Disney factory came along, and other animators in France and elsewhere were more likely to following along something like that path, Reiniger's achievements were sidelined to a great extent, and apart from Michel Ocelet in the past couple of decades, she hasn't had many followers in her giant steps. Which helps to make this treasure seem all the more special.

Apart from the animation, there are plenty of interesting elements to the story as well. It's based on stories from the Arabian Nights, but the major character of the witch, who first seems like a foe but turns out to be the implacable enemy of the sorcerer who has stolen away hero Achmed's sister (the daughter of the Caliph) seems a little unusual in the medieval context. At any rate it's interesting that the crux of the story pivots around her, and that Achmed's love, the rule of Wak Wak, seems a bit pale as a heroine in comparison. If the film has a flaw really it's that it's a bit too short and fast-paced but I can't really fault it greatly for that.

2. Dom na Trubnoy / The House on Trubnaya Square (Boris Barnet, 1928)

And odd film with a lot going on in a fairly short running time. First we're introduced to a several-story house and many inhabitants who always seem to be feuding and getting in the way of each other, particularly over the stairway where a couple of men split logs in defiance of the rules, and the staircase seems on the verge of collapse. Then while we're still getting an idea of these people, the scene shifts to tell the story of Parasha, a young woman who has come to the big city (Moscow) with her goose from the countryside to find her uncle - who meantime has missed her on the train and returned home. Parasha gets a job for an uppity and pretentious barber and his wife in the apartment building, and things go rapidly downhill until there is unexpected news which might turn her life and the whole building's around...

This had a bit too much going on in too short a time for it all to make much sense - I get that it's sort of a screwball comedy, but other than Parasha and her hairdresser boss the characters just didn't resonate and this made the propaganda pro-Soviet elements a bit less meaningful; still it's quite lively and visually inventive (the beginning staircase sequence is quite marvelous) and frequently pretty amusing. So overall, pretty swell, if not even close to Barnet's best work.

3. Turksib (Victor A. Turin, 1929)
4. Shagay, Sovet! / Stride, Soviet! (Dziga Vertov, 1926)

The Turin film has become better-known it seems, and more highly regarded, perhaps as a more "mainstream" (if that word has relevance in this context) example of a Soviet propaganda documentary - in this case the story of Turkestan (then a Soviet Central Asian republic) and it's rapid industrialization, with the Turksib railway designed to be finished by 1930 so as to connect the desert steppes of the southern land to the icy cold regions of Siberia. This is very different from Vertov's or Eisenstein's or other works in that it concentrates almost wholly on landscapes and machinery, and while it's all very well done, I found the editing fairly ordinary by the high standards of Soviet filmmakers of that era, and ultimately this just didn't have the impact that it could have had - perhaps too my lack of knowledge of the situations described hurt in this case. Still well worth seeing but to me a little disappointing given the rep it's developed.

The Vertov film on the other hand, while maybe not one of his very greatest, was another piece of remarkable editing and storytelling, propaganda at it's finest. This is essentially a history of the first 7-8 years of the Soviet system, it's triumphs and tragedies (the latter represented especially by the early death of Lenin who Vertov truly seems to have idolized), and it's potential paths forward - a call on Russians to put away drink and foolish pleasures, to educate themselves, clean themselves up, help each other, etc. This has a lot of energy and the title - "forward" or "stride" is mirrored in the editing and montage, as we are presented with a series of negatives - prostitution and drinking - and their correctives, the forward march, the inexorable movement towards a new and better system. I lack the ability to really describe this in better detail but suffice it to say that I always find Vertov's editing choices exciting and this film is no exception. There's a better description of what he's doing HERE.
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jdidaco wrote: September 19th, 2020, 5:40 pm
sol wrote:...watch Rod La Rocque's attempts to make it around his mansion while his every item of furniture and clothing is sold around him, leading to him parading around in just a towel for a long time.
Plus that screenshot. Sold! :D
Oh yeah - even for a pre-Code production, the amount of partial nudity really surprised and amazed me here. The lead actress also walks around most of the film with her bare back exposed as an ink message gets inadvertently imprinted on her back. :mellow: Pretty funny film too, and not at all what I was expecting from the swashbuckling first five minutes -- so don't let the rather mundane opening deter you. ;)
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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)

23. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)

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It is incredible to think that this was released in the same year that Murnau helmed the stunning The Last Laugh, because while that film does a great job spinning a potent story without title cards, here the title cards are so wordy and frequent that they sink the film. Murnau's cinematic wizardry is still notable here with mobile camerawork and some great cutaways, but the plot is too complex for something that attempts to be a breezy comedy.
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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
23. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)

24. Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

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A silent comedy designed to cash in on anti-German and pro-American sentiment. The Germans are all portrayed as bumbling idiots who would rather 'convert' prisoners-of-war to German than execute them (sure..) and who are unable to control themselves around women. While the Germans are never once scary due to this, the overall film is funny more often than not. The slapstick is delivered at a brisk pace and there is some wordplay humour too.
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Another ten days have passed and we are - already, alas - two thirds into the month. Thank you to every participant continuing to contribute to the challenge as well as every new one. A hushed welcome to you, too.

Here is the table with the current leaderboard. With blueboybob falling silent, Traveller extends his lead on him with jdidaco in third.

Rank Participant Count
1 Traveller 104
2 blueboybob 38
3 jdidaco 28
4 sol 24
5 PUNQ 15
6 ororama 11
7 insomnius 10
7 klaus78 10
7 St. Gloede 10
10 Obgeoff 7
11 cinephage 6
11 zzzorf 6
13 OldAle1 4
14 Lonewolf2003 3
14 hurluberlu 3
14 maxwelldeux 3
14 burneyfan 3
14 Lilarcor 3
19 mightysparks 2
19 allisoncm 2
19 Knaldskalle 2
19 3eyes 2
23 sebby 1
23 Melvelet 1
23 Ebbywebby 1
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105. Traffic in Souls (1913) - 4/10
106. Why Change Your Wife? (1920) - 7/10
107. Underground (1928) - 6/10
108. The Last of the Mohicans (1920) - 5/10
109. The Hands of Orlac (1924) - 7/10
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07.a Kino-pravda no. 11, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 16 minutes
07.b Kino-pravda no. 13, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 20 minutes
07.c Kino-pravda no. 14, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
07.d Kino-pravda no. 15, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 16 minutes

08-13. Tih Minh, by Louis Feuillade (1918) 6,5/10

Quite a saga !! I enjoyed more the exotic elements (hypnosis, drugs and unusual disguises) than the more mundane spy story, but it was quite fun.

Silent Partners (06)
01. Der Student von Prag, by Henrik Galeen (1926) 6/10
02. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by John Robertson (1920) 7/1003.a Kino-pravda no. 21 - Leninskaia Kino-pravda. Kinopoema o Lenine, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 29 minutes
03.b Kino-pravda no. 1, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.c Kino-pravda no. 2, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.d Kino-pravda no. 3, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.e Kino-pravda no. 4, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.f Kino-pravda no. 5, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
04. Kinoglaz, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7/10
05. He who gets slapped, by Victor Sjostrom (1924) 10/10
06.a Kino-pravda no. 6, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
06.b Kino-pravda no. 7, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 11 minutes
06.c Kino-pravda no. 8, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
06.d Kino-pravda no. 9, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
06.e Kino-pravda no. 10, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
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8. The Last Command (1928, von Sternberg) 8
9. Mother (1926, Pudovkin) 7
10. Queen Kelly (1932, von Stroheim/Boleslawski) 7
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12. Die Pest in FlorenzThe Plague in Florence (1919) * 102 min.

More historical/religious drama than horror most of the way through and somewhat repetitious, it picks up when the Black Death arrives. The depravity in Florence mostly seemed to involve young adults chasing each other in circles around the plaza, it could have been more sexually explicit. The sacrilege is fairly explicit. Based on The Masque of the Red Death, it seems more literal and less symbolic than Poe's story.

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1. The Dragon Painter (1919) * 50 min.
2. The Busher (1919) * 55 min.
3. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene SeeThe Spiders - Episode 1: The Golden Sea (1919) 69 min.
4. Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das BrillantenschiffThe Spiders - Episode 2: The Diamond Ship (1920) 104 min.
5. Harakiri (1919) * 86 min.
6. Das wandernde BildThe Wandering Image (1920) * 66 min.
7. Sumerki zhenskoy dushiTwilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) * 48 min.
8. The Covered Wagon (1923) * 99 min.
9. Madame DuBarry (1919) 113 min.
10. Vier um die FrauFour Around the Woman (1921) * 82 min.
11. The Scar of Shame (1927) * 86 min.

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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
23. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
24. Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)

25. Through The Back Door (1921)

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This is a film that goes through a number of motions and always remains captivating. The opening act is utterly heartbreaking with the protagonist as ~5-year-old neglected by her mother. The next act is thoroughly charming with Pickford credibly playing her character at ~10 years of age and showing real ingenuity, like skating on brushes to clean a muddy floor. The entire second half of the film is what emotionally resonates the most though.
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cinephage wrote: September 21st, 2020, 9:01 am
08. Tih Minh, by Louis Feuillade (1918) 6,5/10

Quite a saga !! I enjoyed more the exotic elements (hypnosis, drugs and unusual disguises) than the more mundane spy story, but it was quite fun.

The one thing I really love about Tih Minh that I think distinguishes it from many other spy serials of the time is
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...that the servants (who are usually used in these serials almost exclusively for comic relief) are the ones who actually do most of the useful sleuthing and rescuing this time around. The "silly" butler and maid are the ones who unravel the clues, heroically rescue people and objects, dupe the bad guys, etc., while the upper-class "heroes" mostly dither around back at their home base, allow things to be stolen repeatedly, walk right into traps, fail many rescue missions, and generally worsen whatever situation they're in.
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cinephage wrote: September 21st, 2020, 9:01 am 08. Tih Minh, by Louis Feuillade (1918) 6,5/10

Quite a saga !! I enjoyed more the exotic elements (hypnosis, drugs and unusual disguises) than the more mundane spy story, but it was quite fun.
Heya cinephage, Tin Minh (1918) is counting as a serial this challenge and is thus worth six points, so I have you at 13 now.
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110. The Imaginary Voyage (1926) - 7/10
111. The Parson's Widow (1920) - 7/10
112. The Goose Woman (1925) - 6/10
113. The Iron Mask (1929) - 3/10
114. The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926) - 3/10
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Traveller wrote: September 21st, 2020, 4:00 pm
cinephage wrote: September 21st, 2020, 9:01 am 08. Tih Minh, by Louis Feuillade (1918) 6,5/10

Quite a saga !! I enjoyed more the exotic elements (hypnosis, drugs and unusual disguises) than the more mundane spy story, but it was quite fun.
Heya cinephage, Tin Minh (1918) is counting as a serial this challenge and is thus worth six points, so I have you at 13 now.
This is fantastic news !! Thanks for letting me know. :wub: :cheers:
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115. Joan the Woman (1916) - 6/10
116. Isn't Life Wonderful (1924) - 4/10
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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
23. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
24. Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)
25. Through The Back Door (1921)

26. That Model from Paris (1926)

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Marceline Day has some very funny moments early on here she slowly sinks into a theatre seat (to the oblivion of everyone around her) and as she tries to hide behind a coat rack. As the film wears on though, melodrama replaces humour and the comedy boils down to her saying "no" to every question - which grows tiresome and repetitive. Day is radiant to watch until the end, but the more melodramatic things get, the harder it is to care.
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117. Peter Pan (1924) - 3/10
118. Mare Nostrum (1926) - 5/10
119. Lady of the Night (1925) - 5/10
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1. Mat (1926) 8/10
2. Devushka s korobkoy (1927) 7/10
3. It (1927) 7/10
4. Souls for Sale (1923) 7/10
5. Go West (1925) 6/10
6. Arsenal (1929) 7/10
7. Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) 6/10
8. Queen Kelly (1932) 7/10
9. Cabiria (1914) 6/10
10. The Patsy (1928) 7/10

11. The Blue Bird (1918) 7/10
12. The Merry Widow (1925) 6/10
13. Ukikusa monogatari (1934) 7/10
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burneyfan wrote: September 16th, 2020, 4:21 pm
allisoncm wrote: September 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm By way of HENRI (https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/) we have two silent Allan Dwan films from 1916 starring Douglas Fairbanks:
1. The Good Bad Man (Allan Dwan, 1916)
2. The Half-Breed (Allan Dwan, 1916)
Thanks for the link, Allison!
Of course! There are lots more (usually obscure) silents there.
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1. The Good Bad Man (Allan Dwan, 1916)
2. The Half-Breed (Allan Dwan, 1916)
3. Le joueur d'échecs / The Chess Player (1927) 6/10
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2. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
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1. Turksib 1929 8/10
2. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
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The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
23. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
24. Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)
25. Through The Back Door (1921)
26. That Model from Paris (1926)

27. His Majesty the American (1919)

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The first film ever produced by United Artists, largely with his own money, producer Douglas Fairbanks give himself many chances to shine here with such athletic stunts as jumping onto a sill above a doorway to fool those chasing him and rescuing multiple citizens from a burning building. This stands in the shadow though of both When the Clouds Roll By and The Nut as the plot is far too complex, requiring lengthy title cards, telegrams and letters.
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4. Madame DuBarry (1919, Ernst Lubitsch): 7.0
5. Anna Boleyn (1920, Ernst Lubitsch): 7.5
6. Sumurun (1920, Ernst Lubitsch): 7.2
7. Die Bergkatze [The Wildcat] (1921, Ernst Lubitsch): 7.0
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1. Ich möchte kein Mann sein [I Don't Want to Be a Man] (1918, Ernst Lubitsch) rewatch: 6.5 > 7.2
2. Die Puppe [The Doll] (1919, Ernst Lubitsch): 7.5
3. Die Austernprinzessin (1919, Ernst Lubitsch): 6.8
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My 9000th first time viewing: :party: (yes, I have more than 9000 checks since that includes short films and miniseries, which I have never included in this tally)

The Great Silence
1. The Nut (1921)
2. Leap Year (1924)
3. Fig Leaves (1926)
4. Be My Wife (1921)
5. Za Schastem (1917)
6. Show People (1928)
7. The Show-Off (1926)
8. The Extra Girl (1923)
9. The Hoodlum (1919)
10. The Monster (1925)
11. Helen's Babies (1924)
12. Special Delivery (1927)
13. One Exciting Night (1922)
14. Down on the Farm (1920)
15. Her Sister from Paris (1925)
16. Her Night of Romance (1924)
17. It's the Old Army Game (1926)
18. The Battle of the Sexes (1928)
19. What Happened to Rosa (1920)
20. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
21. The Delicious Little Devil (1919)
22. The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926)
23. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
24. Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)
25. Through The Back Door (1921)
26. That Model from Paris (1926)
27. His Majesty the American (1919)

28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

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Often cited as a documentary, this is closer to an experimental movie with a lot of cinematic trickery, from rapid fire cuts, to slow motion, to stop motion animation to optical illusions. While some of the cutting is crazily intense (placing a head on railway tracks), much of the imagery feels randomly cut together. As things progress though, the techniques at hand grow wilder, with the film metaphorically and literally folding in on itself.
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sol wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 3:05 pm My 9000th first time viewing: :party: (yes, I have more than 9000 checks since that includes short films and miniseries, which I have never included in this tally)
Congrats on the milestone, sol. :cheers:

120. Quo Vadis? (1913) - 6/10
121. Nana (1926) - 6/10
122. Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth (1921) - 7/10
123. Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law (1921) - 7/10
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