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Silent Era Challenge (Official, September 2020)

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Post by ororama » September 10th, 2020, 2:20 am

6. Das wandernde Bild/ The Wandering Image (1920) * 66 min.
7. Sumerki zhenskoy dushi/ Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) * 48 min.

The Wandering Image was a romance that relied too much on unlikely coincidences and odd ideas, but I liked Rudolf Klein-Rogge in a small role. I loved Twilight of a Woman's Soul, wish the video on youtube was better. Nina Chernova was beautiful.

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Post by sebby » September 10th, 2020, 11:27 am

01 The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

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Post by ororama » September 10th, 2020, 12:00 pm

8. The Covered Wagon (1923) * 99 min.

Epic western of an early journey on the Oregon Trail with a great river fording sequence and a very good Indian attack sequence. Romantic leads J. Warren Kerrigan and Lois Wilson are a little bland, but Alan Hale is very good as the duplicitous rival and Ernest Torrence steals the show as the colorful main scout, with Tully Marshall nearly as good in a smaller role as a scout with two wives.

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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 Bild/ The Wandering Image (1920) * 66 min.
7. Sumerki zhenskoy dushi/ Twilight of a Woman's Soul (1913) * 48 min.

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Post by sol » September 10th, 2020, 3:08 pm

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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Eddie Cantor radiates energy in the lead role here with great pantomime routines, expressive facial reactions and a handful of acrobatic stunts that rival the best of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd. Particularly well done is a balloon fascination, his bafflement over a series of disappearing hotdogs and a sequence at a ballroom dance where he uses a lifelike mannequin to make his girlfriend jealous. The conclusion feels rushed, but I enjoyed this a lot.
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Post by Traveller » September 10th, 2020, 3:30 pm

It’s been a relatively quiet challenge so far, but luckily not everyone stayed silent. Thank you to every participant and contributor so far. One might have seen most if not all of the classics, but one thing I learned from researching and looking for movies prior to and for this challenge as well as from the watched and mentioned movies in this thread is that there is still so much to explore and discover from this era so long ago. Hopefully this challenge will return next year as well.

We had 20 participants in the first ten days so far, gathering 167 points in total. That’s an average of 8.35 points per participant; the median is 3. Indeed, blueboybob and me account for more than half of the points so far.

Here’s the current leaderboard after ten days. Traveller takes the early, demanding lead with second place blueboybob, too, having seen nearly three times as much as sol in third place.

Rank Participant Count
1 Traveller 56
2 blueboybob 35
3 sol 12
4 jdidaco 10
4 St. Gloede 10
6 ororama 8
7 PUNQ 4
8 Lonewolf2003 3
8 Lilarcor 3
8 klaus78 3
8 maxwelldeux 3
8 burneyfan 3
8 insomnius 3
8 zzzorf 3
15 mightysparks 2
15 Knaldskalle 2
15 3eyes 2
18 sebby 1
18 hurluberlu 1
18 Ebbywebby 1
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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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Post by Traveller » September 10th, 2020, 3:43 pm

57. The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna (1929) - 7/10
58. When the Clouds Roll by (1919) - 6/10
59. Woman in the Moon (1929) - 6/10
60. White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) - 7/10
61. The Holy Mountain (1926) - 8/10
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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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Post by sol » September 10th, 2020, 3:46 pm

Traveller wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:30 pm
with second place blueboybob, too, having seen nearly three times as much as sol in third place
:hmph: I don't know what things are like in Germany at the moment, but BBB has the advantage of self-isolation right now due to living in a Covid hot-spot.

My jokey disdain aside, I appreciate the update. I agree about there always being something new to explore in silent cinema. Availability continues to increase year by year as certain silents are rediscovered/restored and finally released for the first time in decades. Max Linder's Be My Wife, which Gloede and I both saw already this month, is a prime example of that. Only recently dug up and only uploaded to YT a matter of months ago.

And yes, at this stage we'll be going with Silent Era as a permanent challenge fixture, which means that it will be run again next year. :thumbsup:
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Post by Traveller » September 10th, 2020, 3:56 pm

sol wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Traveller wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:30 pm
with second place blueboybob, too, having seen nearly three times as much as sol in third place
:hmph: I don't know what things are like in Germany at the moment, but BBB has the advantage of self-isolation right now due to living in a Covid hot-spot.
Working from home half the month, which frees up some time I else wouldn't have. :D Perhaps Triple B is still a little distracted watching all the Erotica. tehe
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September 10th, 2020, 3:46 pm
My jokey disdain aside, I appreciate the update. I agree about there always being something new to explore in silent cinema. Availability continues to increase year by year as certain silents are rediscovered/restored and finally released for the first time in decades. Max Linder's Be My Wife, which Gloede and I both saw already this month, is a prime example of that. Only recently dug up and only uploaded to YT a matter of months ago.
Very true. Saved it up already for either this year or the next. The list is growing...
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September 10th, 2020, 3:46 pm
And yes, at this stage we'll be going with Silent Era as a permanent challenge fixture, which means that it will be run again next year. :thumbsup:
I'm glad you caught that. I have faith it will be. :thumbsup:
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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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Post by St. Gloede » September 10th, 2020, 4:43 pm

I only have a few more lined up unfortunately. Very few interesting silents have gotten discovered/gained subs over the last year. There are some more notable US dramas I'm yet to see, but US silent dramas are not the most enticing to me at the moment.

I am quite likely to do a few rewatches as well though

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Post by St. Gloede » September 10th, 2020, 4:45 pm

Oh, and I forgot, I haven't seen that many films from the 10s (not that so many are available), but that is definitely another area I can focus in on.

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Post by klaus78 » September 10th, 2020, 8:18 pm

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1. Mat (1926) 8/10
2. Devushka s korobkoy (1927) 7/10
3. It (1927) 7/10

4. Souls for Sale (1923) 7/10
5. Go West (1925) 6/10
6. Arsenal (1929) 7/10
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Post by jdidaco » September 11th, 2020, 10:14 am

(Screenshots from 'Pinocchio' & 'La morte che assolve'),

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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

A Diva - Elettra Raggio - for a Silent Challenge,

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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
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Post by sol » September 11th, 2020, 11:39 am

Traveller wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:56 pm
sol wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Traveller wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 3:30 pm
with second place blueboybob, too, having seen nearly three times as much as sol in third place
:hmph: I don't know what things are like in Germany at the moment, but BBB has the advantage of self-isolation right now due to living in a Covid hot-spot.
Working from home half the month, which frees up some time I else wouldn't have. :D Perhaps Triple B is still a little distracted watching all the Erotica.
Um, that's not what I meant. What I meant is that I don't feel ashamed that BBB has seen three times as many silents as me since I have to drive into work and spend eight hours there every single day, whereas he is stuck at home and able to freely use his time watch as many silents (or indeed erotic films) as he wishes. :whistling:

But yeah, I don't feel ashamed for not being close to you either if you're working from home half the time. Gee, how things are different over here. :think:
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Post by sol » September 11th, 2020, 11:43 am

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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There are few effective techniques here (disembodied hands reaching out; spying eyes; violent storm special effects) but the majority of laughs come from offensive racial stereotypes and first half of the film is burdened by too many title cards that are lengthy, wordy and hamper how immersive the experience is. The storm (which lasts for several minutes) is actually very well done, but the narrative gets too bogged down in character backgrounds.
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Post by sol » September 11th, 2020, 2:43 pm

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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While the human actors all provide energetic turns here, especially the always fun James Finlayson as the conniving landlord, it is the animal actors who really stand out with some amazing sequences as the farmer's dog and cat perform all of sorts of tricks perfectly on cue. The human actors are not half-bad though, and the film has some hilarious moments as s painter whose photo was manipulated suddenly turns up and is baffled by everyone.
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Post by Traveller » September 11th, 2020, 3:27 pm

62. Street Angel (1928) - 6/10
63. Sparrows (1926) - 3/10
64. Robin Hood (1922) - 4/10
65. Male and Female (1919) - 6/10
66. Madame DuBarry (1919) - 7/10
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Post by blueboybob » September 12th, 2020, 1:37 am

36. Wagon Tracks (1919)
37. Huckleberry Finn (1920)
38. The Warrior (1916)

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Post by sol » September 12th, 2020, 6:49 am

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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The editing is magnificent here, with several great scenes in which Constance Talmadge (playing both herself and her sister) converses with herself. Alas, the film is never quite as funny at it had the potential to be. The real sister disappears altogether until the end when the housewife initiates her cunning plan with no gags resulting from them being mistaken for each other or appearing in two different places at once; Our Relations this is not.
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Post by sol » September 12th, 2020, 8:42 am

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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Mistaken for an esteemed doctor, an impoverished lord plays along, resulting in complications here. Ronald Colman's fumbling about when in quack mode is fairly funny, most notably his attempts to listen to his female patient's heartbeat - without a stethoscope. As the patient in question, Constance Talmadge is just okay, and I didn't really think too much of the romance between them, especially given how it was all built on lies and deception.
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Post by insomnius » September 12th, 2020, 11:14 am

3eyes wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 1:10 pm
insomnius wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 2:46 pm
You can find the Danish films here:
https://www.stumfilm.dk/stumfilm/se-film

Most of the ones I saw had none to very few intertitles. Some in Danish, some in German and I think one in Swedish. There's a lot more to be found there for anyone interested.
Thanks for this, Insomnius. I've seen several of the WWI-era films (interesting because Denmark was neutral and had the guts to make pacifist films) and would love to see more. I'm fairly fluent in Norwegian so no trouble with the intertitles. (may keep a finger over the pause button, tho.)
Glad to be of service.

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Post by insomnius » September 12th, 2020, 11:15 am

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('Il passato che torna', 'Nina la poliziotta' & 'Il re dell'abisso')


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

Most of these are newly restored fragments of longer films with murder mysteries, crimes of passion, divas and fast paced adventures à la Feuillade. While the mysteries are left unresolved, I still enjoyed these for what's there, and the damages to the films and the fragmented nature warms the soul of this experimental and non-narrative aficionado, in particular Il re dell'abisso where "the footage consists of approximately 100 fragments spliced together at random".

Il ratto delle Sabine is like a renaissance painting in motion. Lovely.

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('Il ratto delle Sabine')



6. Chemi bebia / My Grandmother (Kote Mikaberidze, 1929)

Inventive.

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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)

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Post by Traveller » September 12th, 2020, 4:09 pm

67. Mother Krause's Journey to Happiness (1929) - 6/10
68. Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed (1913) - 7/10
69. Fantômas: The False Magistrate (1914) - 7/10
70. Genuine (1920) - 6/10
71. Harakiri (1919) - 5/10
72. Carmen (1918) - 4/10
73. College (1927) - 7/10
74. Drifters (1929) - 5/10
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Post by sol » September 13th, 2020, 7:47 am

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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While his character is borderline obnoxious, Fields is very watchable as he constantly tries to remain dignified even as his shop goes up in flames, prams collapse on him and his car falls apart. The film has little in the way of plot though. A subplot involving a shady business deal reappears at the end for closure, but this essentially plays out as a series of loosely connected skits. Some of the skits work better than others - a picnic particularly drags.
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Post by hurluberlu » September 13th, 2020, 8:30 am

2. The House on Trubnaya Square / Dom na Trubnoy (Boris Barnet, 1928) 6+
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Post by sol » September 13th, 2020, 11:00 am

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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While fashioned as a comedy, this plays out as more of a melodrama with none of the funny bits working; the camera lingers far too long on lead actor Jean Hersholt as he attempts to exercise, lose weight, fit into a corset and so on. The film is technically well done though, with mobile tracking shots, nifty dissolves as the gold-digger antagonist concocts her plan - and a breathtaking overhead shot on the roof (see above). Sally O'Neil is fine here too.
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Post by ororama » September 13th, 2020, 1:22 pm

9. Madame DuBarry (1919) 113 min.

Pola Negri was excellent, especially in the first half which depicts her flirtatious rise, but the French Revolution conclusion was much too rushed.

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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.

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Post by Traveller » September 13th, 2020, 4:11 pm

75. Histoire de détective (1929) - 7/10
76. Homecoming (1928) - 6/10
77. Girl Shy (1924) - 7/10
78. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) - 6/10
79. Don't Change Your Husband (1919) - 5/10
80. Tumbleweeds (1925) - 2/10
81. The President (1919) - 6/10
82. The Patsy (1928) - 7/10
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Post by Obgeoff » September 14th, 2020, 8:21 am

1. The Thief of Bagdad (1924, Walsh) 7
2. The Phantom of the Opera (1925, Julian/Chaney/Laemmle/Sedgwick) 7
3. The Docks of New York (1928, von Sternberg) 8
4. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, Epstein) 7
5. Underworld (1927, von Sternberg/Rossen) 7
6. Storm over Asia (1928, Pudovkin) 7
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Post by ororama » September 14th, 2020, 11:31 am

10. Vier um die Frau/ Four Around the Woman (1921) * 82 min.

A romantic drama that was unnecessarily confusing. I didn't understand why a wealthy businessman was paying for counterfeit bonds with a check and using the bonds to buy stolen jewelry for his wife, and although it was established that he was extremely jealous, I didn't see how finding his wife talking with a man, who he had sent for, proved his suspicions. The many crooks involved were potentially the most interesting characters, but their roles and goals were also somewhat underdeveloped.

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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.

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Post by cinephage » September 14th, 2020, 12:28 pm

03.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

This was a heartwrenching masterpiece !!
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01. Der Student von Prag, by Henrik Galeen (1926) 6/10
02. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by John Robertson (1920) 7/10

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Post by Traveller » September 14th, 2020, 3:51 pm

83. Tol'able David (1921) - 5/10
84. The Marriage Circle (1924) - 6/10
85. The Man Who Cheated Life (1926) - 7/10
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Post by jdidaco » September 15th, 2020, 6:13 am

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17. Gesetze der Liebe (Laws of Love, Richard Oswald & Magnus Hirschfeld, 1927) 7.5/10
18. Orchids and Ermine (Alfred Santell, 1927) 8/10
19. Why Be Good? (William A. Seiter, 1929) 8/10
20. Der Adjutant des Zaren (The Adjutant of the Czar, Vladimir Strizhevsky, 1929) 7.5/10

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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

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Post by PUNQ » September 15th, 2020, 9:27 am

Surprisingly quiet challenge so far (apart from the two locomotives on top). Maybe those interested in diving into silent cinema has seen most of the films they've wanted to during previous challenges. It's an acquired taste. Personally, I've seen thousands of silent films, and I'm still finding many I've not come across before. Here's a few more.


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5a. Ach wie so trügerisch [Oh How Deceptive] (1908, Alfred Duskes) - 2min - FIRST CHECK!
5b. Harmonies de Paris (1929, Lucie Derain) - 28min
5c. Landsvägsriddare [Love and Burglars] (1921, Lau Lauritzen) - 30min - FIRST CHECK!

--- Found a bunch of Fyrtårnet & Bivognen (aka Pat & Patachon) silent films, and this is sort of the first one, except it was produced in Sweden and had Aage Bendixen, and not Harald Madsen, in the role as Bivognen. Director Lau Lauritzen (Sr.) would replace Bendixen for the official Denmark series, and the rest was a world wide success. Carl Schenstrøm can already be seen as a tramp version of Fyrtårnet. Mildly fun slapstick comedy with the pair being some of the most deadpan thieves you'll ever see. They were so arrogantly stealing that the comedy was almost insulting! For the most part fairly typical silent gag, but there were some genuinely funny moments here.


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6. Dødsbokseren [The Demon Boxer] (1926, Lau Lauritzen) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Didn't laugh much during while out at sea, but the boxing is where the comic core of this Fy & Bi is rooted. Typical underdog in-ring slapstick, and real fun.Harald Madsen looked like he was going to be murdered in there, but with a little advice from his lanky pal Carl Schenstrøm the game changes in a creative way. So just be patient with the early portion of the films, the reward comes at the end.


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7. Filmens helte [Long and Short, the Film Heroes] (1928, Lau Lauritzen) - 4/10
--- Fyrtårnet & Bivognen (aka Pat und Patachon) was sort of a Laurel & Hardy duo before there ever was Laurel & Hardy. The two Danes had international success and more or less was one of the first big comic screen duos. A tradition Wheeler & Woolsey, Olsen & Johnson, Abbott & Costello, as mentioned, Laurel & Hardy, would follow in the decades to come. Here they become accidental movie stars, which almost mirrors their real life success. There was a lot of story surrounding these two dummies. But it was clear it was their time that made this movie stand-out. Very low brow comedy, with some comedy gold on display. These prints I saw was German TV versions with a talking narrative and music/sound effects.


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8. Kys, klap og kommers (1929, Lau Lauritzen) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- The detective story really does go all over the place. That's typical because it's a Fyrtårnet & Bivognen (aka Pat und Patachon) slapstick comedy spoofing crime stories. The gags I appreciated the most was the ones revolving around the secret buttons, especially the choke mechanism. I'm not sure how to rate it among the duo's other films, but I found myself laughing the most to this, even it can be a hassle to follow at times.


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9. The Rocket Bus (1929, W.P. Kellino) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Fyrtårnet & Bivognen (aka Pat und Patachon) made most of their movies in Denmark, but since it was the silent era, the language barrier wasn't an issue, so they also made their movies in several other countries too. This one in the UK! And it involved flying buses and flying carpets. I'm not going to claim the production values were high, with sets and props looking fairly amateurish, but for what's supposed to be a silly comedy, it kind of enhanced the playful feel to the stupidity. I got for into the adventure. It was such a odd take on a familiar slapstick plot of mocking the Arabian Nights type setting.


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10. Pas paa pigerne [Beware of the Girls] (1930, Lau Lauritzen) - 5/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Fyrtårnet & Bivognen (aka Pat und Patachon) ends up on a boat/cabin in the wood trip with two beautiful girls! There's a catch however. Their boyfriends are lurking. As if these two knuckleheads doesn't have a hard enough time coping on their own, now they have them and nature to battle with. All this results in a ton of different slapstick situations. Might not have the funniest of gags to fill this silly comedy with, but there's enough mayhem to be more than entertained and the surroundings took me back to my childhood and the country side trips we would make.


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11. Hr. Tell og Søn (1930, Lau Lauritzen) - 4/10 - FIRST CHECK!
--- Any time the short and stubby one was pointing a shooter at the tall guy, my heart was jumping. The comedy was kind of all over the place, but it had some good bits. And the ending with the bomb was brilliant!


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12. The Red Raiders (1927, Albert S. Rogell) - 5/10
--- Absolutely a solid B-western from the silent era. Visually Ken Maynard looked like a capable screen cowboy, but it always helps not hearing him trying to act, for that's something he never mastered. Awkward voice and delivery. But in a action flick like this he was effectively used and there was enough going on to keep The Red Raiders (1927) entertaining for the duration.


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13. Ollin oppivuodet [Olli's Apprenticeship] (1920, Teuvo Puro) - 5/10
--- The adventures of a little boy. Serious drama, but it's has a genuine mood to it. Teuvo Puro stages this simple and effective, and the actors took care of the rest. It's a fine story.


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14. Schlagende Wetter [Explosion] (1923, Karl Grune) - 5/10
--- Got a lot of atmosphere. German silent cinema was made to make these type of hopeless scenarios like this where people get trapped down in a mine. Felt they could have done more to make the story more engaging, but visually it's another example of what made German cinema so great.


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15. Ildfluen [The Firefly] (1913, Einar Zangenberg) - 4/10
--- Typical old school popcorn stuff revolving around gypsies and circus fantasies. Captured quite well, as Danish cinema was one of the strong scenes in the 1910s. Not going to change anybodies lives watching this, but it's okay most of the time.

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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
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Post by ororama » September 15th, 2020, 11:17 am

11. The Scar of Shame (1927) * 86 min.

Well made and acted movie with an all black cast is intended to be a message film, but the message about caste (apparently meaning class), education and refined tastes is somewhat confused.

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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 Frau/ Four Around the Woman (1921) * 82 min.

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Post by sol » September 15th, 2020, 12:56 pm

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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Confusing customers by dressing mannequins under the counter, confusing her friends with a phony accent and even disguising herself as a boy at one point, Mabel Normand certainly gives it her all here, but she does not have much to work with. This is basically a single joke comedy with little going for it beyond Normand's eccentricities while thinking she is the reincarnation of a Spanish seductress. Eugenie Besserer is fun as the medium though.
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Post by Traveller » September 15th, 2020, 3:43 pm

86. The Haunted Castle (1921) - 6/10
87. Shadows (1922) - 5/10
88. The Dying Swan (1917) - 8/10
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Post by hurluberlu » September 15th, 2020, 6:27 pm

3. En rade (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1927) 6+
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Post by sol » September 16th, 2020, 2:46 pm

The Great SilenceShow
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)

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If not as funny as The Nut, this is another entertaining Douglas Fairbanks vehicle that displays the comic potential he possessed and could have exercised had his career taken a different path; both his highly athletics stunts and stunned facial reactions are great. Alas, this is a film that begins on a stronger note than it ends. A surreal nightmare that has Fairbanks walking up and down the walls and roof is a particular highlight early on (as above).
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Post by Traveller » September 16th, 2020, 3:58 pm

89. Spite Marriage (1929) - 7/10
90. Sadie Thompson (1928) - 6/10
91. Furcht (1917) - 7/10
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Post by allisoncm » September 16th, 2020, 4:13 pm

By way of HENRI (https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/) we have two silent Allan Dwan films from 1916 starring Douglas Fairbanks:
1. The Good Bad Man (Allan Dwan, 1916)
2. The Half-Breed (Allan Dwan, 1916)

It's true, PUNQ, this challenge is quiet. I am playing catch up with other parts of my life. While there are still some silents on HENRI that I hope to catch, I have always watched a ton of silents and don't feel I've missed out too much.

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