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13. The Oyster Princess (1919, Lubitsch) 7
14. Blackmail (1929, Hitchcock) 8
15. Bed and Sofa (1927, Room) 8
16. Destiny (1921, Lang) 8
17. An Italian Straw Hat (1928, Clair) 7
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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)
3. Le joueur d'échecs / The Chess Player (1927) 6/10
By way of HENRI (https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/)
4. Paris en cinq jours (1926) 6/10
5. Le Manoir de la peur (1924) 6.2/10 Alfred Machin, Henry Wulschleger
6. L'Inondation (1923 ) Louis Delluc 6/10

I'm going to try to watch the remaining silent films on HENRI that I haven't seen by the end of the month. There are a lot of good choices and some films on HENRI are no longer available, so best to watch as soon as possible.
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11. A tolonc / The Undesirable (Kertész Mihály AKA Michael Curtiz, 1915)
12. Gefahren der Großstadt-Straße (Toni Attenberger, 1924)

The Undesirable was OK, a bit too farcical at times for my taste, but of interest as an early Curtiz-film from before he moved to Hollywood.

Gefahren der Großstadt-Straße is a documentary commissioned by the Munich police with staged scenes of crimes and traffic situations and instructions for citizens on how to act, for example how to correctly walk on sidewalks or being aware of pickpockets' methods. Quite amusing, though I guess it's not meant to be.


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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)
11. A tolonc / The Undesirable (Kertész Mihály AKA Michael Curtiz, 1915)
12. Gefahren der Großstadt-Straße (Toni Attenberger, 1924)
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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)

38. Rubber Tires (1927)

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The plot is kinda ridiculous here and the boyfriend comes off as more creepy than romantic with the way he follows his girlfriend's family to California, but the film essentially works. It is very cinematically put together with some car point-of-view and nifty driving shots. It is also a little quirky with the boyfriend buying a car without an engine and hoping to drive it downhill in pursuit of his sweetheart. The performances are pretty good too.
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144. War Is Hell (1914) - 6/10
145. L'Hirondelle et la Mésange (1924) - 6/10
146. Kino Eye (1924) - 6/10
147. Fragment of an Empire (1929) - 8/10

You’re absolutely right about Fragment of an Empire, OldAle1. What an incredible film that was.
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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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)

39. My Best Girl (1927)

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While merely the love interest in the tale, Mary Pickford is easily the star here and she radiates much charm and energy; there is a particularly good flirting scene in which she keeps pushing items off the back of a moving truck to entice her beau into running after her. As the beau, Charles Rogers holds his own well too. He has some great pantomime and winking moments with the family butler. The ending is a bit rushed, but this generally works.
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It wouldn't be a Silent September Challenge without squeezing in a rewatch of my favourite silent comedy of all time. :D To wit:

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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)
39. My Best Girl (1927)

40. Safety Last! (1923) REVISION

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This is best known for its iconic final sequence in which Lloyd ends up hanging from a clock high up on the building where he works, but there is much more to Safety Last!. The climax is merely the culmination of his character progression as he is finally forced to keep his word and scale the building after an hour of the bribing, cheating and tricking others. Lloyd is charming as ever and the supporting cast is solid - especially Westcott Clarke.
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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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)
39. My Best Girl (1927)
40. Safety Last! (1923) REVISION

41. Kid Boots (1926)

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Eddie Cantor once again proves himself the equal of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd in this highly energetic silent comedy that has him getting into trouble at a golf resort while trying to help a new friend out of a jam. Cantor's facial reactions are hilarious, his sight gags are amazing (most notably, using a door to pretend that his left arm is a woman to make his lady friend jealous) and his physical comedy is impressive - amazing stunts at the end.
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148. Battling Butler (1926) - 6/10
149. Blind Husbands (1919) - 7/10
150. Crime and Punishment (1923) - 7/10
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1. Po zakonu a.k.a. By the Law (1926)
2a. Strekoza i muravey a.k.a. Dragonfly & the Ant (1913)
2b. Pochta a.k.a Hail the Mail (1929)
2c. Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (1929)
2d. There It Is (1928)
2e. Felix Makes Good (1922)
2f. Hunting in 1950 (1926)
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1. Within Our Gate (1920)
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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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)
39. My Best Girl (1927)
40. Safety Last! (1923) REVISION
41. Kid Boots (1926)

42. Speedy (1928) REVISION

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Upon second viewing this still stacks up as one of Harold Lloyd's funniest films with Lloyd tricking unsuspecting passengers into giving up seats, frightening Babe Ruth in an awesome cameo, etc. As a narrative though, the film lacks tension and urgency with the whole grandfather subplot often relegated into the backdrop and a third of the film just consisting of loosely strung together skits at Coney Island. Good second tier Lloyd film though.
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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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)
39. My Best Girl (1927)
40. Safety Last! (1923) REVISION
41. Kid Boots (1926)
42. Speedy (1928) REVISION

43. Dr. Jack (1922) REVISION

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From the moment that Harold Lloyd begins treating the bedridden Mildred Davis here, this never once lets up, concluding with a near twenty minute chase scene inside a mansion in which Lloyd gets to truly strut his stuff, performing amazing gymnastic feats as he leaps and sprints through the house. His stunts are impressive though throughout though and a second viewing only confirms my suspicions that this is probably Lloyd's third best film.
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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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)
39. My Best Girl (1927)
40. Safety Last! (1923) REVISION
41. Kid Boots (1926)
42. Speedy (1928) REVISION
43. Dr. Jack (1922) REVISION

44. Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) REVISION

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With a running theme of Max Linder finding more and more bad luck as he actively tries to avoid unlucky situations, this is a funny look at superstition. Linder pulls off the Duck Soup mirror gag with panache more than a decade before the Marx Brothers made the routine famous, Linder hilariously walks in sync with a stranger to avoid paying for a ticket, Linder inadvertently rips a girl's blouse off with glue, and so on. Even more hilarious than I recalled.
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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)
38. Rubber Tires (1927)
39. My Best Girl (1927)
40. Safety Last! (1923) REVISION
41. Kid Boots (1926)
42. Speedy (1928) REVISION
43. Dr. Jack (1922) REVISION
44. Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) REVISION

45a. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) 9m
45b. The Masquerader (1914) 12min
45c. Double Crossed (1914) 14min
45d. A Chess Dispute (1903) 1min
45e. Help! Help! (1912) 8min
45f. Pool Sharks (1915) 10min
45g. That Fatal Sneeze (1907) 6min (60 mins total)

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Dream of a Rarebit Fiend was annoying to begin with as we watch a man gluttonously eat for over a minute. His subsequent nightmare - and tripping in and out of reality while stumbling home tired - is absolutely breathtaking though with some incredible surreal special effects for the time.

The Masquerader was really fun; taking place on the set of one of Charlie Chaplin's movies, we get to see him without the makeup on - as well with more makeup as he impersonates a woman (rather convincingly) at one point. Some great stunts too and Fatty Arbuckle is always a welcome addition.

Double Crossed was a pretty average chaotic silent comedy; lots of characters scurrying about the place and mugging at the camera. The most interesting stretch is when one robber's plans are interrupted by two other robbers who inadvertently kidnap him by stealing a chest he is hiding in.

A Chess Dispute is perhaps the best one could expect from a silent comedy of its vintage. One single static and unmoving shot; characters begin brawling on the ground (out of sight) and while there are some funny bits from what gets thrown in the air, it is hard not to long for seeing the fight.

Help! Help! might have been more interesting had Mabel Normand actually been given a chance to act. Alas, all she does is cower in fear after suspecting that there is a burglar in the house, with the majority of the runtime instead dedicated to bumbling plainclothes cops coming to her aid.

Pool Sharks is the youngest that I have ever seen Fields (I have seen a few of his mid-20s comedies) and that alone is quite interesting. As for the short film itself, there is some great stop motion animation with the pool table balls - so great in fact that all of live action comedy bits feel dull in contrast.

That Fatal Sneeze started off really silly but I liked it overall. The idea is simple: a man's sneeze is so powerful it constantly knocks things over, but with some rocking camerawork (really unusual in a film of its era) and a few neat stunts, the whole thing is a lot more innovative that it sounds.
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Did a Keaton marathon:

8. Our Hospitality (1923, Buster Keaton & John G. Blystone): 7.5 - Keaton's first feature that tells one continuous story (Three Ages basically was three short stories put together thematically)is based on the infamous Hatfields vs McCoys feud. That Keaton's rivals because of their Southern hospitality can't kill him while under their roof leads to some amusing moment. But, like many Keatons, the movie really takes of in the final chase, which includes a still breathtaking rescue from a waterfall. I also learned that the first passenger train were just stagecoaches with a locomotive in front of them. This part has also some inventive gags, but goes on a bit too long.

9. The Navigator (1924, Buster Keaton & Donald Crisp): 8.0 - Keaton's incapable rich buffoon ends up on adrift ocean liner with his love interest. While lower in awe-inspiring stunts, although the final fight with the native islanders does contain a few, this has a high density of successful gags, maybe the highest of all Keaton features for me. Kathryn McGuire is a worthy co-star, being more than just a passive love-interest but holding here own very well next to Keaton in the execution of these gags.

10. Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton): 8.0 - This really is the work of a confident filmmaker. It starts with a great showing of the passage of time by showing a dog growing up in each little segment with Keaton talking to his love-interest in different seasons. It has some very good use of deep focus, f.e. when we see Keaton and his partner working in their office in the background while Snitz Edwards attorney is talking to his secretary in the foreground. The set ups of Keaton talking and being rejected by all different women are done very well. My personal favorite is when in one long shot we see him talking to one woman while going up the stairs, immediately turn around at the top to try with another downwards. This ends (again) with a massive final chase with impressive stunts and astonishing pratfalls, including Keaton at one point running full speed into barbwire.

11. Go West (1925, Buster Keaton): 7.5 - Keaton parodies Westerns and befriends a cow. It's this sweet bond between Keaton's friendless protagonist and loveable cow which makes it so endearing. The part on the ranch has some funny moments, best is one when Keaton parodies at the same time old Westerns, Lillian Gish in Griffith's Broken Blossoms and his own famous stoneface, but is a bit lackluster in gags. The beautiful scenery of American landscape does make up for this. The final "chase" with Keaton leading a herd of cows through a city lacks tension cause the cows weren't allowed to stampede in the city, but does leads to some surreal funny situations.

12. Battling Butler (1926, Buster Keaton): 7.0 - Keaton's rich wimp through a case of mistaken identity ends up training for boxing match. Which leads to some amusing gags and an unexpected fierce end fight, that isn't played for laughs. It's also surprising to see in what an amazing physical shape Keaton was when he strips down his suit.

13. College (1927, Buster Keaton & James W. Horne): 7.0 - Keaton's bookworm tries his hands on different college sport to win the respect of his love-interest. These different attempts have funny gags, but overal the movie is hurt by it feeling fragmented. It does come nicely together at the end when all his effort pays of in rescuing the girl.

14. The Cameraman (1928, Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgwick): 7.8 - Keaton tries to impress his new flame by becoming a cameraman. Of all these features I watched, this had the best romance story of them all (well best human one, it still can't beat Keaton and Brown Eyes) with the girl being interested in him cause of his sweet nature and not for his efforts to impress her. The big Tong war while being low on funny stunts and gags is impressively staged nonetheless. The different plot strings come together very well in the end.

15. Spite Marriage (1929, Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgwick): 7.0 - Unfortunately MGM learned the wrong lesson from The Cameraman's succes, thinking it was due to their tightened control of Keaton so they gave him even less creative control on his second feature for them. Which is very noticeable. This doesn't feel like a Keaton movie anymore, ( but like a standard comedy that just happens to star Buster in the lead. (Keaton features have common characteristics which make them clearly distinguishable als Keaton movies, better writers than me can and have identified them better so won't try that in this short review) Luckily on its own it's an enjoyable comedy with some fun moment as when Keaton impersonates an actor on stage and an amusing slapstick end battle, which is most reminiscent of the other Keaton movies.


Done with Buster it was time to move to some German Expressionism:
16. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam [The Golem] (1920, Paul Wegener & Carl Boese): 8.0 - The whole expressionistic style and mood plus strong directing more than make up for the lack of suspense this still has nowadays. Wegener himself is very good as the Golem, with some nice little human emotions shining through in his eyes at tiny moments.

17. The Man Who Laughs (1928, Paul Leni): 8.0 - It's a testimony to its stunning expressionist setting this Gothic melodrama is considered (also) a horror. While really it's mostly a tragic romance with even parts swashbuckler. Conrad Veidt is able to convey all emotions with just the tiniest twitch in his eyes and movements of his hands. While Mary Philbin plays being blind very convincingly.

Also seen during this month were some shorts:
18. Wo ist mein Schatz? (1916, Ernst Lubitsch) 35m: 6.0
Go West (1923, Len Powers) 12m : 3.0 - Monkeys dressed up for our amusement isn't funny and even it was acceptable the movie is extremely poor and unfunny.
What! No Spinach? (1926, Harry Sweet) 19m: 5.5 - A short take on the Seven Changes premise, but one that weirdly enough make its protagonist a misogynist to make him run away from all women.

I was left speechless
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
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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151. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) - 6/10
152. Crossroads (1928) - 7/10
153. J'accuse! (1919) - 8/10
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This is all the silents I had time for this month. Didn't go on any deep searches, but felt I found a decent bundle I hadn't seen before. Especially if you count the ton of short films I came across.


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16. Die Todesschleife [Looping the Loop] (1928, Arthur Robison) - 7/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Recently restored, a story of a clown and how women can't love a men that laughs. Knowing this comes from late 1920s silent German cinema, with prominent actors, and takes place at the circus, you know the quality is going to be high. And while it's mainly a troubled love affair, the attention to visual detail and all the layers of emotion thrown into this romance, this is a very welcome restoration. A movie well deserving of a wider audience and one that fans of silent movies will love. I sure did!


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17. Mälarpirater [Pirates of Lake Malaren] (1923, Gustaf Molander) - 6/10
--- Felt like something ripped straight out of Mark Twain's world, except it was written by Swedish novelist Sigfrid Siwertz with screen adaptation by director Gustaf Molander. The basic scenario is boys being naughty and going on a boat adventure (Huckleberry Finn stuff). Storytelling feels chopped-up in small stories until the larger ones out at sea brings us to the climax. Quite fun, though it tents to focus on the drama of the situations more than the mischievous humor.


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18. Mädchen am Kreuz [Crucified Girl] (1929, Jacob Fleck & Luise Fleck) - 5/10
--- The key dramatic scenes worked on a high level, but most of the build-up left a lot to be desired. Shame, because when the focus was on, this truly was a good melodrama.


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19. I figli di nessuno [Nobody's Children] (1921, Ubaldo Maria Del Colle) - 5/10
--- A long and tragic drama. Takes some patience, as it was originally screened as a 3-episode film. The acting is very broad at times, but I got used to it after the initial comic reaction to their performance. After all, it's the story that drives the experience. And I felt they communicated that aspect relatively well.


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20. Frau Dorothys Bekenntnis [Mrs. Dane's Confession] (1921, Michael Curtiz) - 4/10
--- Made during Michael Curtiz Austrian period, this is a small and effective tragedy about a wife and a abusive (ex-)husband. Feels a little soapy, but otherwise a okay exercise in drama.


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21. Jurando Vingar (1925, Ary Severo) - 2/10
--- No secret that I struggle with Brazilian silents. I appreciate that some tries to make films off basic means, but the end result is also of the most basic kind. I get that there's a sense of drama in Jurando Vingar (1925), in the same way as in those lowest of low poverty row westerns Hollywood produced, but I never felt any connection with the main characters and the rest and little is done to make anything stand-out.


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22. Der Hund von Baskerville [The Hound of the Baskervilles] (1929, Richard Oswald) - 6/10
--- It exists and has been restored! Some of the early reels are missing with added stills and description, but the rest and the climax are intact, and it's so amazing watching Fritz Rasp in that maniac role! Everybody who's got any interest in Sherlock Holmes knows about The Hound of the Baskervilles. It's probable the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, and to my knowledge this is the only silent version of the story that exists...? Totally worth checking-out for Sherlock fans.



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23. The Johnstown Flood (1926, Irving Cummings) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK! - ALSO MY 30,000TH CHECK!!!!!
--- Not exactly a masterpiece, using The Johnstown Flood (1926) of 1889 as its climax to a rather uninteresting small town scenario. The special effects is the thing that stands-out as something great. Also its remarkable selection of extras-before-they-were-stars, as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper & Carole Lombard all appeared in this movie. But it's a don't blink or you'll miss it. Even if you don't blink, you'll probable miss it. Instead it's a decent film for the actual stars of this drama, George O'Brien, Florence Gilbert & Janet Gaynor.



24a. Parisienne Girls (1897, William K.L. Dickson)
24b. Baignade impossible [Impossible to Get a Plunge] (1904, Ferdinand Zecca)
24c. The Life of a Cowboy (1906, Edwin S. Porter)
24d. Surf Scene, Waikiki, Honolulu, H.I. (1906, Edison)
24e. Hauling Sugar Cane, Kohala Plantation, Hawaii (1906, Edison)
24f. Hawaiians Departing to Attend a Luau or Native Feast (1906, Edison)
24g. S.S. 'Kinau' Landing Passengers, Mahukona, Hawaii (1906, Edison)
24h. Arrival Mahukona Express, Kohala, Hawaii (1906, Edison)
24i. Shearing Sheep, Humuula Ranch, Hawaii (1906, Edison)
24j. Washing Sheep, Humuula Beach, Hawaii (1906, Edison)
24k. The 'Float', Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24l. Surf Board Riders, Waikiki, Honolulu, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24m. Loading Sugar, Kahului, Maui, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24n. S.S. 'Kinau' Landing Passengers, Laupahoihoi, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24o. Crowds Returning from the Games, Waikiki, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24p. Shipping Cattle, Hawaihae, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24q. Surf Scene, Laupahoihoi, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24r. Native Hawaiian Guards in Bayonet Exercises, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24s. Panoramic View of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24t. Panoramic View, Crater of Haleakala, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24u. Pa-u Riders, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24v. Kanaka Fishermen Casting the Throw Net, Hilo, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24w. Panoramic View, King St. Honolulu, H.I. (1907. Edison)
24x. Panoramic View, Oahu Railroad, Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24y. Panoramic View, Waikiki, from an Electric Car, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24z. Panoramic View, Honolulu Harbor, H.I. (1907, Edison)
24æ. Snapshots, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24ø. Scenes on a Sugar Plantation, Hawaiian Islands (1907, Edison)
24å. Lucia di Lammermoor [Lucy of Lammermoor] (1907, Georges Mendel)



25a. Cuisine hantée [Haunted Kitchen] (1907, Segundo de Chomón)
25b. La cheminée fume [The Smoking Chimney] (1907, Pathé Frères)
25c. Not' fanfare concourt [Our Band's Going to the Competition] (1907, Albert Capellani)
25d. The Egg Harvest of Flamborough Head (1907, Cricks & Sharp)
25e. An Arcadian Elopement (1907, American Mutoscope & Biograph)
25f. Flottenmarsch (1908, Deutsche Mutoskop und Biograph)
25g. Le bon gendarme [A Kind-Hearted Policeman] (1908, Pathé Frères)
25h. Die Dollar-Prinzessin [The Dollar Princess: We Dance] (1908, Germany)
25i. Les chansons ont leur destin [The Life Cycle of a Song] (1908, Louis Feuillade)
25j. Der flotte Bursche (1908, Germany)
25k. Die Herzen der Berliner Frauen (1908, Alfred Duskes)
25l. Boireau a mangé de l'ail [Jim Is Fond of Garlic] (1908, Georges Monca)



26a. La Journée d'une paire de jambes (1909, Gaumont)
26b. A Simple Mistake (1910, Theodore Wharton)
26c. Amoureux de la teinturière [Of the Deepest Dye] (1912, Max Linder)
26d. Boireau à l'école (1912, André Deed)
26e. Robinet guardia ciclista [Tweedledum as a Cycling Policeman] (1913, Marcel Perez)
26f. Birds of Prey (II) (1913, Pathé Frères)
26g. John T. Rocks and the Flivver (1915, Thanhouser Film Corporation)
26h. L'enfant prodigue [The Prodigal Son] (1916, Michel Carré)



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1. Der Tunnel [The Tunnel] (1915, William Wauer) - 6/10
2. La danseuse Orchidée [Woman of Destiny] (1928, Léonce Perret) - 6/10 - FIRST CHECK!
3. Carlos und Elisabeth [Carlos and Elisabeth] (1924, Richard Oswald) - 5/10
4. I promessi sposi [The Betrothed] (1922, Mario Bonnard) - 5/10
5. Ach wie so trügerisch [Oh How Deceptive] (1908, Alfred Duskes), Harmonies de Paris (1929, Lucie Derain), Landsvägsriddare [Love and Burglars] (1921, Lau Lauritzen)
6. Dødsbokseren [The Demon Boxer] (1926, Lau Lauritzen) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
7. Filmens helte [Long and Short, the Film Heroes] (1928, Lau Lauritzen) - 4/10
8. Kys, klap og kommers (1929, Lau Lauritzen) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
9. The Rocket Bus (1929, W.P. Kellino) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
10. Pas paa pigerne [Beware of the Girls] (1930, Lau Lauritzen) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
11. Hr. Tell og Søn (1930, Lau Lauritzen) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
12. The Red Raiders (1927, Albert S. Rogell) - 5/10
13. Ollin oppivuodet [Olli's Apprenticeship] (1920, Teuvo Puro) - 5/10
14. Schlagende Wetter [Explosion] (1923, Karl Grune) - 5/10
15. Ildfluen [The Firefly] (1913, Einar Zangenberg) - 4/10
16. Die Todesschleife [Looping the Loop] (1928, Arthur Robison) - 7/10 - FIRST CHECK!
17. Mälarpirater [Pirates of Lake Malaren] (1923, Gustaf Molander) - 6/10
18. Mädchen am Kreuz [Crucified Girl] (1929, Jacob Fleck & Luise Fleck) - 5/10
19. I figli di nessuno [Nobody's Children] (1921, Ubaldo Maria Del Colle) - 5/10
20. Frau Dorothys Bekenntnis [Mrs. Dane's Confession] (1921, Michael Curtiz) - 4/10
21. Jurando Vingar (1925, Ary Severo) - 2/10
22. Der Hund von Baskerville [The Hound of the Baskervilles] (1929, Richard Oswald) - 6/10
23. The Johnstown Flood (1926, Irving Cummings) - 5/10 - FIRST Check! ALSO MY 30,000TH CHECK!!!!!
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Hello everyone. I will be making a final post on Saturday (around 70 hours from now), so please have all your watches posted by then. :)
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Letting The Phantom & The Lodger guide my frightfull feet into October...

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35. Havsgamar (The Vultures of the Coast, Victor Sjöström, 1915) 7/10
36. Evangeliemandens liv (The Candle and the Moth, Holger-Madsen, 1915) 8.5/10
37. Seven Years Bad Luck (Max Linder, 1921) 9/10 (RV)
38. Otrávené svetlo (The Poisoned Light, Jan S. Kolár & Karel Lamac, 1921) 7.5/10
39. La cité foudroyée (The City Struck by Lightning, Luitz-Morat, 1924) 6.5/10
40. Namus (Honor, Amo Bek-Nazaryan, 1925) 8/10
41. The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian & Edward Sedgwick, 1925) 10/10 (RV)
42. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927) 9/10 (RV)
43. Kapitanskaya dochka (The Captain's Daughter, Yuri Tarich, 1928) 7/10
44. The Road to Ruin (Norton S. Parker, 1928) 7.5/10

A collection of shorts,

45-46. Le voyage à travers l'impossible (The Impossible Voyage, Georges Méliès, 1904) 10/10 (21 min) (RV), Le voyage sur Jupiter (A Trip to Jupiter, Segundo de Chomón, 1909) 9/10 (9 min), The Aerial Submarine (Walter R. Booth, 1910) 7/10 (9 min), The Pirates of 1920 (David Aylott & A.E. Coleby, 1911) 6.5/10 (17 min), Kapten Groggs underbara resa (Captain Grogg's Wonderful Journey, Victor Bergdahl, 1916) 7/10 (6 min), Kapten Grogg i ballong (Captain Grogg's Balloon Trip, Victor Bergdahl, 1916) 7/10 (8 min), När Kapten Grogg skulle porträtteras (The Portrait of Captain Grogg, Victor Bergdahl, 1917) 8/10 (5 min) (RV), Kapten Grogg vid Nordpolen (Captain Grogg at the North Pole, Victor Bergdahl, 1917) 7/10 (8 min), Kapten Grogg bland vilda djur (Captain Grogg Among Wild Beasts, Victor Bergdahl, 1919) 6.5/10 (8 min), Kapten Grogg badar (Captain Grogg Takes a Bath, Victor Bergdahl, 1919) 7/10 (7 min), Kapten Grogg på Stora Oceanen (Captain Grogg on the Great Ocean, Victor Bergdahl, 1920) 7/10 (7 min), Kapten Grogg bland andra konstiga kroppar (Capitan Grogg and Other Strange Creatures, Victor Bergdahl, 1920) 7/10 (7 min), Kapten Grogg skall fiska (Captain Grogg Goes Fishing, Victor Bergdahl, 1921) 7/10 (7 min), Kapten Grogg har blivit fet (Captain Grogg Has Gotten Fat, Victor Bergdahl, 1922) 6/10 (6 min) (Total: 125 min)

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That's it for me! Thank you again for hosting, Traveller!

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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)
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
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3. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed 1926 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Prince Achmed 8/10
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1. Turksib 1929 8/10
2. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
3. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed 1926 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Prince Achmed 8/10
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But deadly
1. Broken Blossoms (1919)
"2. Shorts: (63m)
Filmstudie (1926, 4m)
Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925, 8m)
Lichtspiel Opus 1. (1921, 12m)
The March of the Machines (1927, 9m)
Frankenstein (1910, 13m)
Comte de Montebello et général de Boisdeffre se rendant au Kremlin [Moscou] (1896, 1m)
Francfort-sur-le-Main, Alter-Marktplatz (1896, 1m)
L.L. M.M. le Tsar et la Tsarine entrant dans l'église de l'Assomption [Moscou] (1896, 1m)
l'Impératrice mère et la grande duchesse [de Turquie] Eugénie [Xénia] en carrosse [Moscou] (1896, 1m)
Réception de S.M. l'Empereur Guillaume II: Réception de S.M. l'Empereur d'Allemagne à Francfort-sur-le-Main (1896, 1m)
Sightseeting Through Whisky (1907, 6m)
The Diabolic Tenant (1909, 6m)"
3. By the Law (1926)
4. Shorts: 71m

The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904, 20m)
The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906, 17m)
The Doctor's Secret (1910, 10m)
A Night at the Show (1915, 24m)
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Only one from me, Traveller...

1. 'Au bonheur des dames' (1930, Julien Duvivier) - 9.5/10

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3. Mat (1926)
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1. Po zakonu a.k.a. By the Law (1926)
2a. Strekoza i muravey a.k.a. Dragonfly & the Ant (1913)
2b. Pochta a.k.a Hail the Mail (1929)
2c. Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (1929)
2d. There It Is (1928)
2e. Felix Makes Good (1922)
2f. Hunting in 1950 (1926)
3. Mat (1926)
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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)
3. Le joueur d'échecs / The Chess Player (1927) 6/10
By way of HENRI (https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/)
4, Paris en cinq jours (1926) 6/10
5. Le Manoir de la peur (1924) 6.2/10 Alfred Machin, Henry Wulschleger
6. L'Inondation (1923 ) Louis Delluc 6/10
By way of HENRI (https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/)
7. Dans les mailles du filet / Into the Net
8. Les Misérables, épisode 1 (1924, Henri Fescourt)
9. Les Misérables, épisode 2 (1925, Henri Fescourt)
10. Les Misérables, épisode 3 (1925, Henri Fescourt)
11. Les Misérables, épisode 4 (1925, Henri Fescourt)
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1. Stachka (1925)
The experimental formalism and cinematic daring of this silent classic are so impressive and overwhelming in their brio that it's impossible not to enjoy this movie. Not every shot works, but the entire movie brims with unexpected delights and startling montages.
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At least I managed 1 more:
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1. Dva-Buldi-dva / Two-Buldi-Two (1929, Nina Agadzhanova, Lev Kuleshov) 5/10
2. Iz-pod svodov mecheti (1928, Kazimir Gertel) 4/10.
3. Be My Wife (1921, Max Linder) 8/10
4. Die Tango-Königin / The Tango Queen (1913, Max Mack) 4/10.
5. Der Tunnel (1915, William Wauer) 5/10
6. Mädchen am Kreuz / The Crucified Girl (1929, Jacob Fleck, Luise Fleck) 6.5/10
7. Godovshchina revolyutsii / Anniversary of the Revolution (1918, Dziga Vertov) 4/10.
8-10. Miss Mend (1926, Boris Barnet, Fyodor Otsep)
11. Komunaris chibukhi / The Communard's Pipe (1929, Kote Mardjanishvili) 8/10

A picture of the Paris Commune that manage to capture the hunger, chaos and hope of the time, while centering the story around the young son of one of the Communards. The play on the republic, and the reactions of the upper classes are great, with a nice amount of snark and dismissal - while the ending also packs a hard punch.
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19. Mikaël [Michael] (1924, Carl Theodor Dreyer): 7.5 - Beautiful shot, subtle elegant chamber play with a surprising (implicit) homosexual relationship at its center.
I was left speechless
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
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
8. Our Hospitality (1923, Buster Keaton & John G. Blystone): 7.5
9. The Navigator (1924, Buster Keaton & Donald Crisp): 8.0
10. Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton): 8.0
11. Go West (1925, Buster Keaton): 7.5
12. Battling Butler (1926, Buster Keaton): 7.0
13. College (1927, Buster Keaton & James W. Horne): 7.0
14. The Cameraman (1928, Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgwick): 7.8
15. Spite Marriage (1929, Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgwick): 7.0
16. Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam [The Golem] (1920, Paul Wegener & Carl Boese): 8.0
17. The Man Who Laughs (1928, Paul Leni): 8.0
18. Wo ist mein Schatz? (1916, Ernst Lubitsch) 35m: 6.0
Go West (1923, Len Powers) 12m : 3.0 - Monkeys dressed up for our amusement isn't funny and even it was acceptable the movie is extremely poor and unfunny.
What! No Spinach? (1926, Harry Sweet) 19m: 5.5
I will keep silent from now, cause that's the last one for me.
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I CAN'T HEAR YOU
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)
6. Otets Sergiy / Father Sergius (Yakov Protazanov / Alexandre Volkoff, 1918)
7. Shinel / The Overcoat (Grigory Kozintsev / Leonid Trauberg, 1926)
8. Suramis tsikhe / The Suram Fortress (Ivani Perestiani, 1922)
9. Oblomok imperii / Fragment of an Empire (Fridrikh Ermler, 1929)
10. Odinnadtsatyy / The Eleventh Year (Dziga Vertov, 1928)
11. The Bells (James Young, 1926)
12. The Magician (Rex Ingram, 1926)

Ending this challenge, and kicking off the horror challenge, with a couple of late silents. I just wanted to find two relatively short films from this period, and it so happened that both not only come from the same year, but have the theme of mesmerism/hypnotism central to their plots. Kind of cool when random picks work out that way.

The Bells offers a title card at the beginning explaining that it's based on a play that has been performed all over the world and is very popular, etc, etc. This kind of promotion still exists today of course but it's fun to see it so overt here, like they're begging you to watch it because the literary source makes it something special. Turns out, looking at Wiki, that they weren't exaggerating that much - the 1867 French play Le Juif Polonais had in fact been quite popular, had been turned into an opera, and into a film already four times before this one - but it's lifetime seems to have lasted not much longer, as the last features adapted from it date from the 1930s. Easy to see why - this is dated and not in the sense that I often like - it's an overlong (even at not much over an hour) and overwrought tale of a heavily indebted innkeeper (Lionel Barrymore) in a small Austrian town who robs and kills a passing Polish Jewish merchant and then suffers wild hallucinations and torments in his guilt. Boris Karloff is the sinister mesmerist who is brought by the victim's brother to help solve the crime, but he doesn't add much to the proceedings, and Barrymore's overacting (reminiscent of his brother John's - Lionel is usually a bit more restrained) and the repetitiveness of the last act keep this from being more than a mild amusement.

Rather better, though still hardly great is The Magician, where the hypnotist character (the great Paul Wegener, better known as the director of the 1915 and 1920 versions of The Golem and the 1913 Student of Prague among others) has a central role in this story of a young sculptor (Alice Terry) who suffers a severe injury, is healed by and falls in love with a genius surgeon (Iván Petrovich), only to fall under the evil spell of the mesmerist, who wants to take her away to his mountaintop tower and use her blood to create life, I guess like Dr. Frankenstein. Wegener I suppose is overacting a bit like Barrymore in the previous film, but it seems more appropriate here (after all we know he's a psycho from the beginning) and just works better, and the use of Parisian and other French locations here is outstanding - the DP here is John F. Seitz, one of the all-time great Hollywood cameramen, who worked on Double Indemnity and Sunset Blvd among others; and Michael Powell, right at the beginning of his career, was an AD here. So beautifully shot and with terrific production design - this is one of the best-looking Hollywood films of this year I think, and with Wegner's performance, it's definitely worth a look, though the story is pretty hoary and predictable, and the ending action climax though well-done is rather silly.

That's all for me, thanks Traveller!
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Nothing more to report here. Thanks for hosting!
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Thank you to all 29 participants of this year’s Silent Era Challenge. We collectively gathered 474 points with an average of 16.34 and a median of 6. Traveller won the challenge while jdidaco pushed past sol and blueboybob for second place at the end. Following - and in the OP - is the final leaderboard:

Rank Participant Count
1 Traveller 153
2 jdidaco 46
3 sol 45
4 blueboybob 41
5 PUNQ 26
6 Lonewolf2003 19
7 Obgeoff 17
8 cinephage 15
9 klaus78 13
9 ororama 13
11 OldAle1 12
11 insomnius 12
13 allisoncm 11
13 St. Gloede 11
15 hurluberlu 6
15 zzzorf 6
17 maxwelldeux 4
17 burneyfan 4
19 Melvelet 3
19 flavo5000 3
19 Lilarcor 3
22 Knaldskalle 2
22 3eyes 2
22 mightysparks 2
25 RogerTheMovieManiac88 1
25 nimimerkillinen 1
25 blocho 1
25 sebby 1
25 Ebbywebby 1
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February Challenge: Image
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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boooooo, I should have paid attention and watched 7 more! :)
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14. Häxan (1922) 105 min.
Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (1929) * 6 min.
Ditya bolshogo goroda/ Child of the Big City (1914) * 37 min.
Roman s kontrabasom/ Romance with a Double Bass (1911) * 7 min.
Rozhdestvo obitateley lesa/ The Insects' Christmas (1913) 7 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.
13. Eleven P.M. (1928) * 66 min.

*First time viewing
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Whoops, forgot to update my challenge viewings for last month. I know they are to late for the leaderboard but here the rest of my viewings for the month.
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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)
7. a) Frankenstein (1910) - 6/10 - 16/16min
b) Now or Never (1921) - 5/10 - 35/51min
c) The Nickel-Hopper (1926) - 6/10 - 37/88min
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I updated the OP once more; if you're lucky, sol uses this leaderboard.

Rank Participant Count
1 Traveller 153
2 jdidaco 46
3 sol 45
4 blueboybob 41
5 PUNQ 26
6 Lonewolf2003 19
7 Obgeoff 17
8 cinephage 15
9 ororama 14
10 klaus78 13
11 OldAle1 12
11 insomnius 12
13 allisoncm 11
13 St. Gloede 11
15 zzzorf 7
16 hurluberlu 6
17 maxwelldeux 4
17 burneyfan 4
19 Melvelet 3
19 flavo5000 3
19 Lilarcor 3
22 Knaldskalle 2
22 3eyes 2
22 mightysparks 2
25 RogerTheMovieManiac88 1
25 nimimerkillinen 1
25 blocho 1
25 sebby 1
25 Ebbywebby 1
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February Challenge: Image
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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