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01. Thomas Graals bästa barn a.k.a. Thomas Graal's Best Child -- Stiller, 1918.
02. Cinderella -- Kirkwood, 1914.
03. Reggie Mixes In -- Cabanne, 1916.
04. Kosmicheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella a.k.a. The Space Ship -- Zhuravlyov, 1935.

Soviet space opera. It takes a long time for the group to launch the ship to the moon, but once it gets going, it's nice enough, and there's some good model and stop-motion animation work in showing the ship, the moon, and the space crew bouncing around on the moon's surface. This might actually count for all three challenges this month -- there's not a LOT of animation, but there is definitely some, and it's Russian and silent. (Just a note for those trying to hit triples...)
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29. Historien om en gut (The Story of a Boy, Peter Lykke-Seest, 1919) 7.5/10
30. Mälarpirater (Pirates of Lake Mälaren, Gustaf Molander, 1923) 8/10
31. The Cruise of the Jasper B (James W. Horne, 1926) 7.5/10
32. Mare Nostrum (Rex Ingram, 1926) 8/10
33. Benya Krik (Bennie the Howl, Vladimir Vilner, 1926) 8/10
34. Nebyvalyj pohod (An Unprecedented Campaign, Mikhail Kaufman, 1931) 8/10

Mikhail Kaufman in action!

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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
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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jdidaco wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 8:47 pm 34. Nebyvalyj pohod (An Unprecedented Campaign, Mikhail Kaufman, 1931) 8/10

Mikhail Kaufman in action!

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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
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)
If I recall correctly I'm the one who added An Unprecedented Campaign to IMDb, and I really hope that, due to being overshadowed by his brother and ending up in obscurity there are 30+ films in archives in Ukraine and Russia just waiting to be released.
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An Unprecedented Campaign was one of my highlights when I attended Pordenone in 2017, really happy to see that it is now more widely available. The Anton Baibakov score is hauntingly beautiful, and the end of the film so eerie knowing what would happen a year later in Ukraine.
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St. Gloede wrote:If I recall correctly I'm the one who added An Unprecedented Campaign to IMDb, and I really hope that, due to being overshadowed by his brother and ending up in obscurity there are 30+ films in archives in Ukraine and Russia just waiting to be released.
Thanks for adding it, Gloede; I do remember, not long ago, that his only directorial credit listed there was 'In Spring'. After re-watching 'Man with a Movie Camera' (this time with Michael Nyman's incredible score) I wanted more Kaufman, and it was especially interesting to see how he slightly differs from Vertov - he's also interested in the mechanized world, but his camera often diverges, capturing a little sunflower here, pausing on the curious harvesting of beetroots, or sidelining into a significant gesture or an eloquent face. Yes, more Kaufman!
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Lilarcor wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 10:20 pm An Unprecedented Campaign was one of my highlights when I attended Pordenone in 2017, really happy to see that it is now more widely available. The Anton Baibakov score is hauntingly beautiful, and the end of the film so eerie knowing what would happen a year later in Ukraine.
Oh, Pordenone (l) This year it will be online and considerably reduced, but still immensely enticing (the opening with the restored William Beaudine, 'Penrod and Sam', particularly attractive) - http://www.giornatedelcinemamuto.it/calendario-2020/

And yes, those final shots are indeed eerie, in fact Kaufman often films several angry, famished, restless bodies/faces, one of the film's most haunting aspects.

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Moscow (1927) is also quite good, but not as impressive as his other two.
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Traveller wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 3:20 pm
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:
Thanks, Trav.

Something interesting - I had seen less than 6000 films when I registered on iCM and the forum just over three and a half years ago.

That means that it took me 16 years to watch my first 6000 films, and now with iCM behind me, just 3.5 years to watch half of that. :blink:
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

29. Getting Mary Married (1919)

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With many silent comedies about rushed marries in order to inherit $ (Seven Chances; The Cruise of the Jaspser B) this initially seems a refreshingly different spin. Alas, it is a lot less funny watching somebody trying NOT to get married rather than rushing into the act. There is no sense of urgency and while the film presents some scheming relatives, it is unclear how exactly their interferences (like stealing her clothes) are meant to ruin things.
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sol wrote: September 24th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Traveller wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 3:20 pm
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:
Thanks, Trav.

Something interesting - I had seen less than 6000 films when I registered on iCM and the forum just over three and a half years ago.

That means that it took me 16 years to watch my first 6000 films, and now with iCM behind me, just 3.5 years to watch half of that. :blink:
Do you think ICM played part in this? Or was 3.5 years ago a time in general for you when you started to get really into film? The numbers are similar for me; a large amount of films I watched is from the period when I first "discovered" film five or so years ago.
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124. The King of Kings (1927) - 4/10
125. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) - 7/10
126. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) - 5/10
127. The Living Dead Man (1926) - 8/10
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Traveller wrote: September 24th, 2020, 3:19 pm
sol wrote: September 24th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Traveller wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 3:20 pm

Congrats on the milestone, sol. :cheers:
Thanks, Trav.

Something interesting - I had seen less than 6000 films when I registered on iCM and the forum just over three and a half years ago.

That means that it took me 16 years to watch my first 6000 films, and now with iCM behind me, just 3.5 years to watch half of that. :blink:
Do you think ICM played part in this? Or was 3.5 years ago a time in general for you when you started to get really into film? The numbers are similar for me; a large amount of films I watched is from the period when I first "discovered" film five or so years ago.
:lol: Haha, no that's definitely the influence of iCM... and maxwell's Challenge Olympics. :D I have been calling myself a film buff for close to 19 years, but since joining iCM, I have massively decreased the number of films I rewatch each week (i.e. increased my number of new viewings) as well as generally increased my intake of films to be competitive. I don't know if you have listened to our Film Addiction podcast, but I go more in depth there.
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11. Flesh and the Devil (1926, Brown) 8
12. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929, Pabst) 8
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sol wrote: September 24th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Traveller wrote: September 24th, 2020, 3:19 pm
sol wrote: September 24th, 2020, 1:42 pm Thanks, Trav.

Something interesting - I had seen less than 6000 films when I registered on iCM and the forum just over three and a half years ago.

That means that it took me 16 years to watch my first 6000 films, and now with iCM behind me, just 3.5 years to watch half of that. :blink:
Do you think ICM played part in this? Or was 3.5 years ago a time in general for you when you started to get really into film? The numbers are similar for me; a large amount of films I watched is from the period when I first "discovered" film five or so years ago.
:lol: Haha, no that's definitely the influence of iCM... and maxwell's Challenge Olympics. :D I have been calling myself a film buff for close to 19 years, but since joining iCM, I have massively decreased the number of films I rewatch each week (i.e. increased my number of new viewings) as well as generally increased my intake of films to be competitive. I don't know if you have listened to our Film Addiction podcast, but I go more in depth there.
Understandable. Max' olympics are indeed quite addictive. :D And no, I haven't listened to the podcast; not much of a fan of podcasts in general.
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128. A Girl in Every Port (1928) - 4/10
129. Body and Soul (1925) - 5/10
130. Sumurun (1920) - 5/10
131. Seduction (1929) - 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)
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)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)

30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)

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So obsessed with marrying into wealth, Colleen Moore is never as charming here as in Ella Cinders from the year before, but she still gets some solid bits as she daydreams, dismisses and pretends to be classier than she actually is. A subplot with a millionaire and his valet swapping identities and being unable to prove who they are feels a bit silly, but Jack Mulhall is great in the role - and a dead ringer for Harold Lloyd from the right angle.
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132.a Kino-pravda no. 8 (1922) (13min)
132.b Kino-pravda no. 9 (1922) (12min)
132.c Kino-pravda no. 10 (1922) (12min)
132.d Kino-pravda no. 11 (1922) (16min)
132.e Kino-pravda no. 13 (1922) (20min)

133.a Kino-pravda no. 14 (1923) (12min)
133.b Kino-pravda no. 15 (1923) (16min)
133.c Kino-pravda no. 16 (1923) (24min)
133.d Kino-pravda no. 17 (1923) (14min)
133.e Kino-pravda no. 18 (1924) (13min)
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4. Miracle of the Wolves / Le miracle des loups (Raymond Bernard, 1924) 5+
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)

31. Bringing Up Father (1928)

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Based on a then-popular comic strip, this does not carry over all character details and backgrounds, which leads to confusion at times. Still, it is easy to warm to J. Farrell MacDonald's character and feel for his dilemma in wanting the best for his daughter while also not wanting to embarrass her. Not so well developed is Polly Moran as his wife who spends most of the film hitting him over the head with rolling pins and hammers (it's that sort of comedy).
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134. Hell's Hinges (1916) - 5/10
135. Tess of the Storm Country (1922) - 3/10
136. The Street (1923) - 7/10
137. The Overcoat (1926) - 7/10
138. Tarzan of the Apes (1918) - 3/10
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)
31. Bringing Up Father (1928)

32. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

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Mary Pickford is great here, so capably playing both a young teen and young woman at different points. The first half of the film, however, works far better than the second half. The evil orphanage angle is very well handled with some hilarious scenes as well as clever techniques such a change in tinting when Pickford burns her hand and spinning shots when she accidentally becomes intoxicated. The film also concludes oddly and abruptly.
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)
31. Bringing Up Father (1928)
32. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

33. West of Zanzibar (1928)

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With Lon Chaney cast in the lead role, this sounds a lot like The Penalty from the outset, and while nowhere near as powerful and emotionally draining as that, the film is engaging with Chaney in top form. Tod Browning actually gives more attention to Chaney's facial expressions over his ability to get around without use of his legs and Chaney does well coming across a sympathetic whilst also noticeably twisted up and burning with hate.
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)
31. Bringing Up Father (1928)
32. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
33. West of Zanzibar (1928)

34. The Love Expert (1920)

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Playing a self-professed "love expert", Constance Talmadge is radiant in this comedy that unfortunately mostly feels in poor taste. Much of the film awkwardly focuses on Talmadge trying woo her aunt's suitor - and then there is Talmadge deciding that one woman is so unattractive that she must find a blind man if she ever wants to get her married! There are some bright moments too though, including zany close-ups of cartoon-like heartbeat throbs.
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1. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed / The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, 1926) (re-watch)
2. Dom na Trubnoy / The House on Trubnaya Square (Boris Barnet, 1928)
3. Turksib (Victor A. Turin, 1929)
4. Shagay, Sovet! / Stride, Soviet! (Dziga Vertov, 1926)
5. Padenie dinastii Romanovykh / The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Esfir Shub, 1927)

Another paean to the end of the Tsars and the Revolution, this essentially charts the 4 years from 1913-1917, in which Tsar Nicholas puts on a huge pageant celebrating 300 years of his family's rule - contrast with starving people - followed soon after by a war involving all of the autocrats who dined in pomp and circumstance with him the year previously, led by well-fed generals smoking their fine cigars and drinking their champagne - while the proletariat die in the trenches - followed by unrest and eventually, revolution! This is a well-made but fairly conventional (especially by the brilliant Soviet standards of the time) documentary that goes over ground I've seen in dozens of films and doesn't provide much that's new or interesting. Perhaps had I seen it before so many other masterworks I'd be a little more enthusiastic, but as it is it struck me as "fine", nothing special.

6. Otets Sergiy / Father Sergius (Yakov Protazanov / Alexandre Volkoff, 1918)
7. Shinel / The Overcoat (Grigory Kozintsev / Leonid Trauberg, 1926)

Two films based on works by two of the greatest of 19th century writers - Tolstoy and Gogol respectively - and two films involving life-long, destructive obsessions.

Otets Sergiy was made literally in the middle of revolution, as the Tsars - who would have disallowed a film that portrays the leader as having extramarital affiairs - gave way to the Communists, who would have objected to the relatively positive portrayal of religion and of the feverish sexual tensions on display. So as one IMDb comments suggests, a film that couldn't be made again in the country for many decades. Ivan Mozzhukhin, one of the great mostly forgotten figures of European cinema from this period, is Prince Kasatsky, a lesser noble who makes the mistake of falling for Countess Korotkova, who is having an affair with the Tsar; interestingly enough, this isn't a problem for the Tsar or the woman ultimately - she agrees to marry our smitten count - but for the pious or at least puritanical Kasatsky, who cannot tolerate finding out that she was the Tsar's consort. He immediately leaves the world behind and becomes a celibate priest, but the world won't leave him behind, any more than his memories... this is a powerful portrait of obsession and a lifetime of grief, and on a certain level of a man not being able to understand himself; it feels rather ahead of it's time as a psychologically realistic portrayal of a man unable to commit either to God or man's world, and Mozzhukin embodies this tension beautifully.

Shinel is based on two Gogol stories, "Nevsky Prospekt" and "The Overcoat", both of which I read in college (in English) when I was going through my phase of obsession with Russian literature. I had only the dimmest of memories and if you'd asked me before seeing this film I'd have said perhaps that I remembered the latter story as sort of a forerunner to Kafka, or in the same vein as Melville's "Bartleby" - a portrait of a small man in a mad world in some sense, with a dose of something like surrealism. And that's relatively accurate. The two tales don't blend perfectly - in the first our meek clerk Baschmachkin (to have been played by Chaplin, had the filmmakers been able to tempt him to risk his American resident status) gets involved with swindlers in an attempt to meet a beautiful lady, but realizing that they are only using him, retreats into isolation and decades later as an old man dreams only of a new overcoat, and saves and scrimps to get one, only to find out that the moments of happiness are fleeting. Very well done with a dour, sardonic and cynical tone, but as I said the two parts don't quite gel perfectly - and the print on this could certainly have been better.

8. Suramis tsikhe / The Suram Fortress (Ivani Perestiani, 1922)

Another film based on a 19th-century literary source, though much more obscure (at least in the west) than Tolstoy or Gogol, this comes from Georgian writer Daniel Chonkadze's novel of the same name, published in 1860; it was adapted again by Sergei Parajanov in the 1980s, though the Paranjanov film is not anything like a straightforward moralizing adventure tale as this version ended up being. This was an OK copy with readable subs but it feels like there is something missing anyway, and I suspect that's in the filmmaking - too rushed an opening, too many characters who aren't clear in their relations to each other, and who mostly disappear early on. The main story becomes one of two lovers who are parted when the man, Durmishkan, goes away to earn money to free the woman, Vardo, but forgets her and ends up marrying another - at which point a revenge theme which we saw early in the film re-asserts itself in a new context. I think this has some promising stuff and it's nicely shot with some location work that's different from what I've seen in most films of this era - ancient stonework towns and fortresses out in the rural vastness - but the story just didn't come together, too much not well explained in a short running time.

9. Oblomok imperii / Fragment of an Empire (Fridrikh Ermler, 1929)

2 viewings. Let this review be an object lesson in doing at least the minimal research, folks! At least when watching an older, more obscure film - and a silent one at that. I'd known about this for years, remember reading some great review of it somewhere but never had gotten around to it. Few votes on IMDb or ICM, not available at my library or on any of the various discs I have, so I stupidly just went for the easy route and checked the link on ICM which led to a very poor-quality 72-minute YouTube copy. I watched it anyway and was glued to the screen right away, even though the images were so dim - the beginning of the film is mostly set at night with low, maybe natural light sources and even in a higher grade copy it's a little difficult, but in this low-res version almost impossible. And yet the story and the editing were immediately compelling - a man lost in himself, amnesiac, saves another, younger man from certain death during the war, and then goes back into his own miserable life only to be "re-awakened" a decade later by a wisp of a memory, a moment's vision of a woman on a train. Rapidly figuring out himself, who he was an who she was, he goes in search of her...

I watched to the end and though there were parts that were indecipherable due to the poor quality it was mesmerizing anyway. A man lost for more than a decade, who has missed the whole revolution, coming back to St Petersburg - even the name of the city has changed! - in search of his old master, his wife, roaming the streets, alone, crazed-looking - this is compelling both despite and because of the politics, at the same time. Because - he doesn't have to be a serf anymore, all men are brothers, we all work together...despite - the ending does get a big heavy-handed, and the final act is a little problematic in it's attitudes about women, or maybe I should say it's unclear to me and I feel it shouldn't be. But all in all it was a powerful experience, despite the extremely low quality of the source. So much so that I read up a little bit about it - including a review by a member here who mentions seeing it at a festival; so perhaps there was a better copy in circulation after all? About 30 seconds looking gave me the answer - the 2018 restoration, running almost 40 minutes longer and about 100x better quality (even in only 480p) was in fact on YouTube, so last night I watched it again.

And this time I certainly got enough to be able to rate it, and in fact I find it among the greatest of all Soviet silent films, a masterpiece in both it's brilliant and characteristic montage (used carefully and somewhat rarely) and it's more conventional - but still brilliant - filmmaking moments. The scene of the streetcar for example is a great example of both high-quality filmmaking in a live environment in this early era - on a real streetcar - and editing as our hero Filmonov makes more realizations about how the world has changed in a dozen or so years. And the scene with the young soldier wanting something to drink when there is only a mother dog near the beginning - and what happens to the dog and the soldier - and how it is recalled later in the film. But perhaps the greatest takeaway from the film for me - unusual for a Soviet film of this era which is just as stunning in it's overall filmmaking as anything - is the performance of Fyodor Nikitin in the central role of Filmonov, the lost soldier, hanging on himself to his "fragment of empire" until he finds his place in the new world, and finds others more lost than himself in a different way (this is the part of the ending that really works). Nikitin is absolutely amazing, fully inhabiting this role and embracing both a subtlety more characteristic of later sound film and just enough of the wild overacting that we often see in the silent era - and which is actually appropriate to this wild-man character.

Brilliant - the best film I've seen this month or in the last 2-3.

10. Odinnadtsatyy / The Eleventh Year (Dziga Vertov, 1928)

Like the Esfir Shub film above, this is a relatively prosaic and lesser documentary/propaganda work from this period in my eyes. There are some brilliant moments - the particular way Vertov uses superimpositions and split-screen techniques is impressive, and the several long-ish tracks through or outside of factories are lovely, but this is another of those "see what the Soviet system has accomplished so far and see what we WILL accomplish in the future when the workers of the world unite" films, and it doesn't offer anything I haven't seen before apart from maybe different locations - much of this is set along the Dnieper in what is now Ukraine.
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13. Eleven P.M. (1928) * 66 min.

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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.
12. Die Pest in FlorenzThe Plague in Florence (1919) * 102 min.

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139. So This Is Paris (1926) - 7/10
140. Salomé (1922) - 6/10
141. Secrets of a Soul (1926) - 7/10
142. Riley the Cop (1928) - 5/10
143. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) - 4/10
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6. Le bled (Jean Renoir, 1929) 6-
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39. Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1921)
40. The Woman God Forgot (1917)
41. Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1920)
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blueboybob wrote: September 28th, 2020, 12:08 am 39. The Golem (1915)
40. The Woman God Forgot (1917)
41. Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1920)
42. Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1921)
Isn't The Golem a lost movie? If it exists, I'd love to see it.
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sol wrote: September 27th, 2020, 10:23 am 33. West of Zanzibar (1928)

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With Lon Chaney cast in the lead role, this sounds a lot like The Penalty from the outset, and while nowhere near as powerful and emotionally draining as that, the film is engaging with Chaney in top form. Tod Browning actually gives more attention to Chaney's facial expressions over his ability to get around without use of his legs and Chaney does well coming across a sympathetic whilst also noticeably twisted up and burning with hate.
I love this movie. Saw it on a double bill with The Unknown, which might make it the best double feature that I've ever seen. They were my first two Lon Chaney movies. My father told me recently that my grandfather, who died about 20 years ago, loved going to the movies in prewar Poland, and Lon Chaney was his favorite actor.
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blocho wrote: September 28th, 2020, 2:01 am
blueboybob wrote: September 28th, 2020, 12:08 am 39. The Golem (1915)
40. The Woman God Forgot (1917)
41. Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1920)
42. Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1921)
Isn't The Golem a lost movie? If it exists, I'd love to see it.
its fragments

Explaination: In Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, 108 meter fragments of Der Golem (1914) are preserved. (Original length is 1250 meter.)
Among those fragments, 97 meter parts are restored in this DVD.
Act 1 scene 39, and somewhere of Act 4 which includes intertitle #32 and #33, with newly created opening title.

Guess I shouldn't count it due to runtime really, ill remove it
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blocho wrote: September 28th, 2020, 2:03 am
sol wrote: September 27th, 2020, 10:23 am 33. West of Zanzibar (1928)

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With Lon Chaney cast in the lead role, this sounds a lot like The Penalty from the outset, and while nowhere near as powerful and emotionally draining as that, the film is engaging with Chaney in top form. Tod Browning actually gives more attention to Chaney's facial expressions over his ability to get around without use of his legs and Chaney does well coming across a sympathetic whilst also noticeably twisted up and burning with hate.
I love this movie. Saw it on a double bill with The Unknown, which might make it the best double feature that I've ever seen. They were my first two Lon Chaney movies. My father told me recently that my grandfather, who died about 20 years ago, loved going to the movies in prewar Poland, and Lon Chaney was his favorite actor.
That's interesting. My grandfather on my mother's side also lived in prewar Poland, though I have no idea if he loved going to the movies or who his favourite actor was.

Regarding Zanzibar, yeah, fairly nifty film, though I suspect that I would have liked it more had I not previously seen the very similarly themed The Penalty.
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)
31. Bringing Up Father (1928)
32. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
33. West of Zanzibar (1928)
34. The Love Expert (1920)

35. The Mollycoddle (1920)

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This gets off to a decent start with some good laughs coming from chasing a hat in the wind and a merry-go-round cut to look like a real horse ride. There is also some nifty early animation. The film becomes less interesting though once Fairbanks launches into full-action mode since the comedy dries up; something like The Nut is funnier since it combines the athleticism of Fairbanks with gags the whole way through. There's a fun cat chase though.
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Absurd question:

What about The Good Old Naughty Days? It was released in 2002, but is comprised of silent-era porn clips that were never released...
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maxwelldeux wrote: September 28th, 2020, 3:49 am Absurd question:

What about The Good Old Naughty Days? It was released in 2002, but is comprised of silent-era porn clips that were never released...
I'll allow it for this challenge in the hope of you watching them and giving your opinion on these silent hardcore pornographic films. :woot:
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Traveller wrote: September 28th, 2020, 5:11 am
maxwelldeux wrote: September 28th, 2020, 3:49 am Absurd question:

What about The Good Old Naughty Days? It was released in 2002, but is comprised of silent-era porn clips that were never released...
I'll allow it for this challenge in the hope of you watching them and giving your opinion on these silent hardcore pornographic films. :woot:
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)
31. Bringing Up Father (1928)
32. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
33. West of Zanzibar (1928)
34. The Love Expert (1920)
35. The Mollycoddle (1920)

36. Sailor's Holiday (1929)

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A late silent comedy from Fred C. Newmeyer. Best known as the director of Safety Last! and The Freshman, this non-Harold Lloyd comedy not only lacks a star as charismatic as Lloyd but also Lloyd's very physical brand of humour. Most of the jokes here are of the wordplay variety, which does not really work since the punch lines are delivered on title cards. The occasional sequence here works though, e.g. a chase scene that goes up a ferris wheel.
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14.a Kino-pravda no. 16, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 24 minutes
14.b Kino-pravda no. 17, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 14 minutes
14.c Kino-pravda no. 18, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
14.d Kino-pravda no. 19, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes

15. Die freudlose Gasse, by G.W. Pabst (1925) 7,5/10

How grim... This is certainly a dark representation on Mitteleuropa in the 20's... It's easy to understand why censorship hit that movie so harshly.
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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
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
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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)
28. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
29. Getting Mary Married (1919)
30. Orchids and Ermine (1927)
31. Bringing Up Father (1928)
32. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
33. West of Zanzibar (1928)
34. The Love Expert (1920)
35. The Mollycoddle (1920)
36. Sailor's Holiday (1929)

37. Peck's Bad Boy (1921)

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Jackie Coogan's first starring role after wowing audiences in The Kid, this less-serious comedy feels like a bunch of skits strung together as see various mischief that Coogan and his dog get up too. Some of it is quite funny, but everything feels too episodic to click. The running gag is that Coogan's mum sees him as a perfect angel all the time, but this does not provide much narrative oomph in itself. Coogan is so charming even when so naughty though.
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