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Silent Era Challenge (Official, September 2018)

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Silent Era Challenge (Official, September 2018)

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Post by Knaldskalle » August 31st, 2018, 4:42 am

Welcome to the Silent Era Challenge!

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The challenge will run through the month of September, starting September 1st at midnight in your local timezone and ending September 30th, also at midnight.


Watch as many silent films as you can.
Only silent films made during the silent era are eligible, if you have any doubts as to whether a film counts or not feel free to ask.

Typical rules apply:
Anything over 40 minutes count as one entry.
60 minutes of shorts equal one entry.
Rewatches most certainly are welcome and good for the soul.

Official lists:
The Top 300 Silent Era Films
Silent but not Forgotten
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1910s/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1920s/

Unofficial lists:
iCM Forum's Favourite Silent FIlms
Cinemacom's 200 Important Silent Films
BFI Screen Guide: 100 Silent Films
TSPDT's Top 25 Films per year: 1920s

Feel free to suggest more.

maxwelldeux wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 5:49 am
And just because I know people will ask, here's the best list I can generate of silent German comedies: https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... =1880-1930

Participants and final standings:
  1. psychotronicbeatnik - 112
  2. jdidaco - 81
  3. sol - 40
  4. St. Gloede - 30
  5. Mate_cosido - 28
  6. jeroeno - 25
  7. ororama - 19
  8. Knaldskalle - 18
  9. 72allinncallme - 17
  10. maxwelldeux - 17
  11. 3eyes - 15
  12. OldAle1 - 14
  13. nimimerkillinen - 13
  14. RBG - 12
  15. flavo5000 - 11
  16. Fergenaprido - 9
  17. XxXApathy420XxX - 9
  18. hurluberlu - 9
  19. tommy_leazaq - 7
  20. allisoncm - 7
  21. India Istanbul - 6
  22. weirdboy - 5
  23. frbrown - 4
  24. RogerTheMovieManiac88 - 3
  25. Mochard - 3
  26. Hippiemans - 3
  27. weirdboy - 3
  28. Renegade - 3
  29. cinephage - 2
  30. sebby - 2
  31. blocho -1
  32. sushantv10 - 1
  33. vortexsurfer - 1
  34. VincentPrice - 1

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Post by St. Gloede » August 31st, 2018, 5:45 am

Ooooh, that time of the year again. I tend to go through a yearly silent binge, though more often than not during the winter months. I am struggling a little to find films I'm really interested in seeing from the 20s (though I do have some Hollywood comedies and dramas left), but there are still many 1910s films I have been meaning to watch and just never got around to. At the very least I'll attempt to watch:

Sången om den eldröda blomman / Song of the Scarlet Flower (1919, Mauritz Stiller)
Thomas Graals bästa film /. Thomas Graal's Best Film (1917, Mauritz Stiller)
J'accuse (1919, Abel Gance)
Daddy-Long-Legs (1919, Marshall Neilan)
Furcht (1917, Robert Wiene)

As for the serials, Judex, Tih Minh, The Perils of Pauline and Miss Mend are on my list, but I'm not sure if I will be able to get around to them.

I have also been meaning to see The Ghost That Never Returns (1930) but the quality is a bit off-putting.

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 31st, 2018, 5:49 am

In!

And just because I know people will ask, here's the best list I can generate of silent German comedies: https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... =1880-1930

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Post by Knaldskalle » August 31st, 2018, 6:49 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 5:49 am
In!

And just because I know people will ask, here's the best list I can generate of silent German comedies: https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... =1880-1930
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Post by 3eyes » August 31st, 2018, 12:41 pm

In. I got Flicker Alley's 1923 serial La maison du mystère for the occasion.

more lists:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cine ... /thorkell/ consists mostly of silents.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/st.+ ... t.+gloede/

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/sile ... tnyigeroi/
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Post by blueboybob » August 31st, 2018, 1:30 pm

Sadly I have seen all hte silent official checks (that are available). So I won't be participating. But I do love silent films.

Unless anyone knows where these can be seen/found:
(7ème) Cuirassiers: défilé (par escadron) 1896
Alger: déchargement au port 1896
Bains sur le Rhône 1896
Exercice du sabre (à la Part-Dieu, Lyon) 1896
Francfort-sur-le-Main, Alter-Marktplatz 1896
Jeu du pot-cassé 1896
Lanciers de la Reine: charge [Espagne] 1896
Les tribulations d'un concierge 1896
Madrid, porte de Tolède 1896
Réception de S.M. l'Empereur Guillaume II: Réception de S.M. l'Empereur d'Allemagne à Francfort-sur-le-Main 1896
Une allée du bois de Vincennes 1896
Irish Way of Discussing Politics 1896
Boston, Commercial Street 1897
Course de matelots 1897
Dragons: maniement du sabre 1897
Entrée du cortège royal à l'Exposition 1897
Fêtes du jubilé de la Reine d'Angleterre: la foule suivant le cortège 1897
Fêtes du jubilé de la Reine d'Angleterre: la Reine arrivant à Windsor 1897
La nourrice et le soldat amoureux 1897
Nice, Carnaval (N° 1) 1897
Panorama des quais de la Saône à Lyon pris d'un bateau 1897
Ronde enfantine 1897
Salut dans les vergues 1897
Tunis: le Bey et son escorte 1897
Venise, panorama de la place Saint-Marc pris d'un bateau 1897
La cigale et la fourmi 1897
La caverne maudite 1898
Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York to New Zealand 1901
Le petit chaperon rouge 1901
Arrival of President Loubet 1903
Dingjunshan 1905
The Wooing and Wedding of a Coon 1907
Antos pierwszy raz w Warszawie 1908
Ten Pickaninnies 1908
Lady Helen's Escapade 1909
The Life of a Salmon 1910
Rastus in Zululand 1910
Un Dia de Trabajo en la Escuela de Caballeria 1910
An Unselfish Love 1910
Parada Militar 1911
Pinocchio 1911
Bunny All at Sea 1912
Bunny's Birthday Surprise 1913
Lime Kiln Club Field Day 1913
Dr. Mawson in the Antarctic 1913
Robert und Bertram, die lustigen Vagabunden 1915
El Drama del 15 de Octubre 1915
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 1918
Te hui aroha ki turanga 1919
A Virtuous Vamp 1919
He pito whakaatu I te hui I rotorua 1920
Las Maravillas de la Creacion 1920
Tangi and Funeral of Te Rauparaha's Niece, Heeni Te Rei, Otaki, New Zealand 1921
He pito whakaatu I te noho a te maori I te awa o whanganui 1921
Pearls and Savages 1921
A Small Town Idol 1921
Kino-pravda no. 12 1922
'A Santanotte 1922
La María 1922
He pito whakaatu I te noho a te maori I te tairawhiti 1923
The Awful Truth 1925
Beggar on Horseback 1925
La profecía del lago 1925
Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheines 1926
Arirang 1926
Inauguración del Estadio Hernando Siles 1927
Fantasia 'e surdate 1927
The Way of All Flesh 1927
El negro que tenía el alma blanca 1927
Maria Pentagiotissa 1927
Luis Pardo 1927
The Last Moment 1928
En rade 1928
Schmutziges Geld 1928
Thérèse Raquin 1928
4 Devils 1928
Forgotten Faces 1928


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Post by frbrown » August 31st, 2018, 2:40 pm

Nice screenshot in the OP!

I'm in.

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Post by frbrown » August 31st, 2018, 2:43 pm

St. Gloede wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 5:45 am
As for the serials, Judex, Tih Minh, The Perils of Pauline and Miss Mend
Don't know that I'll watch any of these, but how many points would they count for? 40/60 mini-series rules?

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Post by Knaldskalle » August 31st, 2018, 3:53 pm

frbrown wrote:
August 31st, 2018, 2:43 pm
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August 31st, 2018, 5:45 am
As for the serials, Judex, Tih Minh, The Perils of Pauline and Miss Mend
Don't know that I'll watch any of these, but how many points would they count for? 40/60 mini-series rules?
Yeah, I think so. They were originally screened weekly in the local theaters and had varying lengths. I have a couple of Feuillade's serials on blu: The Fantomas series, where each of the 5 episodes is >40 minutes, so each is one entry and Les Vampires where some of the episodes are <40 minutes and those need to be added up until 60 minutes is reached.

Oh, and the screenshot is from Murnau's Faust with Emil Jannings playing a delightfully wicked devil.
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Post by sushantv10 » August 31st, 2018, 5:53 pm

Had a lot of free time in july and august , as i left my old job....ended up seeing 49 silent films in August....and did well to move up both the silent lists.

But will be busy job hunting this September , still will look to see a couple that i downloaded but didnt see....

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Post by 72allinncallme » August 31st, 2018, 6:31 pm

In! Dunno if I’m going to watch as many as I did last year though. Thanks for the hosting Knaldskalle.

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Post by sol » September 1st, 2018, 3:53 am

It starts! And with a very worthwhile first time viewing at that.

1. Secrets of a Soul (1926)

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Werner Krauss (not pictured above) is solid in the lead role here and with dropped knives that seem to glow and the subtlest of pauses when Krauss eyes a letter opener, the film is very well directed. Its best asset though are the surreal dream sequences, which include bell towers growing out of the ground, bells with female faces, point-of-view shots as Krauss floats in the air and antagonists in bubbles. On the minus side, the film feels a bit like an advertisement for psychoanalysis as Krauss recovers with incredible ease after a single session with a therapist, but I'd still recommend this.
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Post by vortexsurfer » September 1st, 2018, 10:01 am

In.

1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) - 8/10 rewatch

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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2018, 1:34 pm

In. Fritz Lang re-watches for sure, not sure what else.


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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » September 2nd, 2018, 12:23 am

1.Meyer From Berlin (1919 / Ernst Lubitsch) FTV 6+/10

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Post by Mochard » September 2nd, 2018, 2:15 am

1. Quo Vadis? (1913) - 5.5/10

Not a massive fan of the silent genre but going to give it my best shot!

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 2nd, 2018, 5:20 am

1. Madame Dubarry (1919)

Some great sets and costuming in this, but ultimately I didn't really care about the story of a rich mistress to a French king.

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Post by 3eyes » September 2nd, 2018, 11:58 am

1. Meyer aus Berlin (Ger 1919) - Triple
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Post by ororama » September 2nd, 2018, 12:03 pm

1. Drifters (1929) * 41 min.


*First time viewing.

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Post by sol » September 2nd, 2018, 1:49 pm

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1. Secrets of a Soul (1926)

2. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

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This Buster Keaton comedy has some great stunts as per norm, though most are confined to the final fifteen minutes with a hazardous storm. There is a lot of amusement to be had in seeing Keaton ride on floating trees, travel on a bed through a barn and have buildings collapse around him in a fashion that recalls the spinning house of One Week. The rest of the film is not quite as strong as this section. The estranged father/son angle provides some depth, but all of the other supporting characters are little more than stock types. I still prefer Keaton's shorts.
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Post by 72allinncallme » September 2nd, 2018, 3:55 pm

1. The Patsy (1928)
2. West of Zanzibar (1928)

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Post by weirdboy » September 2nd, 2018, 4:59 pm

1. The Mysterious Lady - 1928 - Fred Niblo 7/10

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Post by 3eyes » September 2nd, 2018, 5:17 pm

2-7. La maison du mystère / House of mystery (Fr 23, 10 eps ca 380m) - 6 pts

YES YES YES! Supremely hissworthy villain, who is NOT part of a gang of crooks. All other characters are decent, including wronged hero and two strong female characters. Time span of almost 20 years. One extended chase sequence, one extended fight scene. Direction, screenplay, some of the actors are Russian emigres. Director Alexandre Volkoff made 3 serials but this is the only one that survives.

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Post by Knaldskalle » September 2nd, 2018, 5:25 pm

My apologies for my absence yesterday. Our area was hit with an unusual weather phenomenon that knocked out our Internet connection. Locals apparently call it "rain."

1. Det Hemmelighedsfulde X (aka. The Mysterious X aka.Sealed Orders) (Christensen, 1914). Not bad, especially given its age. Clearly still stuck in the "filmed theater" mindset, it nevertheless manages to rise above that, even if the plotting is somewhat pedestrian (hey, thrillers had to start somewhere, right?).

2. Das Fidele Gefangnis (aka. The Merry Jail)(Lubitsch, 1917). Hey, prison is fun! Especially if you can get someone else to do your time for you! Fun fluff. It's nice to know that Lubitsch managed to add a little more substance to his movies later on.

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Post by Knaldskalle » September 2nd, 2018, 5:50 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 5:20 am
1. Madame Dubarry (1919)

Some great sets and costuming in this, but ultimately I didn't really care about the story of a rich mistress to a French king.
It's kind of ho-hum, isn't it? It's not bad, but knowing that it's a Lubitsch movie, I couldn't help but be disappointed in it. He's so much better when doing comedy or at least drama with comedic elements. That said, I still have the Eureka MoC blu-ray of it on my wishlist.
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Post by Renegade » September 2nd, 2018, 5:53 pm

1. The Last Command (1928)

Emil Jannings is one hell of an actor
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Post by Knaldskalle » September 2nd, 2018, 7:02 pm

3. Meyer Aus Berlin (aka. Meyer from Berlin)(Lubitsch, 1919). I'm sure this was racy in 1919, but 100 years later it's a harmless comedy with a somewhat abrupt ending.

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2. Das Fidele Gefangnis (aka. The Merry Jail)(Lubitsch, 1917)
3. Meyer Aus Berlin (aka. Meyer from Berlin)(Lubitsch, 1919)
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Post by Hippiemans » September 2nd, 2018, 8:10 pm

1. Tramp Tramp Tramp (1926)
2. The Last Command (1928)

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 2nd, 2018, 10:28 pm

Knaldskalle wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 5:50 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 5:20 am
1. Madame Dubarry (1919)

Some great sets and costuming in this, but ultimately I didn't really care about the story of a rich mistress to a French king.
It's kind of ho-hum, isn't it? It's not bad, but knowing that it's a Lubitsch movie, I couldn't help but be disappointed in it. He's so much better when doing comedy or at least drama with comedic elements. That said, I still have the Eureka MoC blu-ray of it on my wishlist.
Agreed - I also found significant parts of the story to be told in "reading a book to children" format, where the cards say something, then the actors basically act it out. At points, the story almost didn't advance without the cards. I'm looking forward to digging more into his later stuff.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » September 2nd, 2018, 10:50 pm

2. The Saphead (1920 / Herbert Blache) FTV 7+/10
3. Our Hospitality (1923 / Buster Keaton, Jack Blystone) 8/10

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1. Meyer From Berlin (1919 / Ernst Lubitsch) FTV 6+/10
2. The Saphead (1920 / Herbert Blache) FTV 7+/10
3. Our Hospitality (1923 / Buster Keaton, Jack Blystone) 8/10


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Post by Mochard » September 3rd, 2018, 1:26 am

2a. Haunted Spooks (1920) - 4/10 (25:23)
2b. Afgrunden (1910) - 5.5/10 (37:11)
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1. Quo Vadis? (1913) - 5.5/10
2a. Haunted Spooks (1920) - 4/10 (25:23)
2b. Afgrunden (1910) - 5.5/10 (37:11)

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Post by flavo5000 » September 3rd, 2018, 2:55 am

1. Potseluy Meri Pikford (1927)

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1. The Mysterious Lady - 1928 - Fred Niblo 7/10
2. Baby ryazanskie (Women of Ryazan) - 1927 - Ivan Pravov, Olga Preobrazhenskaya 6/10
3. Staroye i novoye (Old and New) - 1929 - Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein 6/10

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Post by Knaldskalle » September 3rd, 2018, 5:11 am

4. Staroye I Novoye (aka. Old and New aka. The General Line) (Eisenstein, 1929). I've been a fan of Eistenstein's work ever since I saw Battleship Potemkin in my early teens, but even a master such as he struggles with turning agricultural machinery into rousing movie subjects. It's not bad, and definitely worth watching for the orgasmic cream separator sequence, but it overstays its welcome and the climax is somewhat anti-climactic.

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1. Det Hemmelighedsfulde X (aka. The Mysterious X aka.Sealed Orders) (Christensen, 1914)
2. Das Fidele Gefangnis (aka. The Merry Jail)(Lubitsch, 1917)
3. Meyer Aus Berlin (aka. Meyer from Berlin)(Lubitsch, 1919)
4. Staroye I Novoye (aka. Old and New aka. The General Line) (Eisenstein, 1929)
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Post by Knaldskalle » September 3rd, 2018, 5:16 am

Renegade wrote:
September 2nd, 2018, 5:53 pm
1. The Last Command (1928)

Emil Jannings is one hell of an actor
Yes, he was. One of my favorite actors in fact. Too bad he was an ardent supporter of the Nazi regime. :down:
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Post by St. Gloede » September 3rd, 2018, 6:35 am

Really poor opening batch for me.

1. Furcht / Fear (1917, Robert Wiene) 4/10

2. Thomas Graals bästa film / Thomas Graal's Best Film (1917, Mauritz Stiller) 5.5/10

3. Unheimliche Geschichten / Eerie Tales (1919, Richard Oswald) 4.5/10

4. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919, Marshall Neilan) 5/10

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Post by sol » September 3rd, 2018, 2:58 pm

Silent RunningShow
1. Secrets of a Soul (1926)
2. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

3. The Last Laugh (1924)

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This is a visual treat as per Murnau norm with mobile, spinning camerawork, an amazing shot in which the protagonist imagines a building collapsing upon him and well distributed long distance and close-ups. The film is also curiously shot without a single title card except at the end, and with Emil Jannings is very good form, the film still impressively conveys much of his mixed emotions. As per Ménilmontant though, the lack of title cards lead to some gaps. The film is also beset by a strange tacked-on ending that justifies the title but which didn't wash with me.
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Post by frbrown » September 3rd, 2018, 5:54 pm

1. Pandora's Box (1929)


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