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MASTERS OF THE SILENT ERA: FEATURE FILMS

by Amadeus Magnus
MASTERS OF THE SILENT ERA: FEATURE FILMS by Amadeus Magnus
“I shall never speak in a film. I hate the talkies and will not produce talking films. The American industry is transformed. So much the better or worse, it leaves me indifferent. I cannot conceive of my films as other than silent. My shadow appears on the screen as in a dream, and dreams do not speak.” Charlie Chaplin “I hate talkies. They’re stiff and limiting. You lose a lot of your cuteness, because there’s no chance for action, and action is the most important thing to me.” Clara Bow My tribute to silent cinema salutes their living heritage and describes it “timeless”. I hope that this compilation will be a guide for others to… Read more

“I shall never speak in a film. I hate the talkies and will not produce talking films. The American industry is transformed. So much the better or worse, it leaves me indifferent. I cannot conceive of my films as other than silent. My shadow appears on the screen as in a dream, and dreams do not speak.” Charlie Chaplin

“I hate talkies. They’re stiff and limiting. You lose a lot of your cuteness, because there’s no chance for action, and action is the most important thing to me.” Clara Bow

My tribute to silent cinema salutes their living heritage and describes it “timeless”. I hope that this compilation will be a guide for others to recognize the silent era.

PROLOGUE

Misconceptions about silent films

False: Silent films are boring and actors are overacting .

True: Many of silent films are thrilling, breathtaking, heartwarming and better than talkies. Silent films display originality in storytelling that remains fresh even after 100 years of cinema clichés. You’d be surprised. Silents are golden.

False: ”I’ve seen Metropolis, Nosferatu, Potemkin and Jeanne D’Arc. That’s enough. I almost forgot: and The General!”

True: Yeah, you’ve probably seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Requiem for a Dream, too. Unfortunately, these movies have become the part of popular culture and many other (and better) great films are still unknown.

AUTEURS (Drama)

1. F.W. Murnau

In my opinion, he’s the best director of silent era. With technical and emotional elements, Sunrise is one the best movies ever. From deeply drama to romantic comedy, adventure to thriller, a perfect combination of cinema with great techniques. The Last Laugh used no intertitles and it’s another revolution. This movie has multiple endings (early alternate ending). Murnau sadly died before he directed any talkies. With Murnau, silent era ended.
My picks;

1 – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
2 – Nosferatu (1922)
3 – The Last Laugh (1924)
4 – City Girl (1930)
5 – Burning Soil (1922)
6 – Faust (1926)

2. Fritz Lang

“Destiny” inspired Luis Bunuel to become a filmmaker. Other disciples include Godard, Hitchcock and Michael Powell. But Mabuse is even better. Such as Feuillade’s serial films, Lang creates a criminal mastermind, master of disguise, mad doctor; a perfect antihero. He had a vision beyond his time.

1 – Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
2 – Destiny (1921)
3 – Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
4 – Metropolis (1927)
5 – Woman in the Moon (1929)

3. Frank Borzage

Borzage gives us emotional stories with Janet Gaynor’s immortal face, he’s a great storyteller of this era.

1 – Lucky Star (1929)
2 – 7th Heaven (1927)
3 – Street Angel (1928)
4 – Lazybones (1925)
5 – The River (1929)

4. Tod Browning

Browning (and his collaborating with Lon Chaney) gives us the terrible, real, living monster: Human nature with deadly passion and desire. He took circus world and turned into theatre of tragedy. Also he uses dark humor elements like The Unholy Three and The Show.

1 – The Unholy Three (1925)
2 – The Unknown (1927)
3 – The Show (1927)
4 – West of Zanzibar (1928)
5 – Where East is East (1929)

5. Cecil B. DeMille

Before Bible, we have DeMille.

1 – The Affairs of Anatol (1921)
2- The Godless Girl (1928)
3 – Male and Female (1919)
4. Manslaughter (1922)
5 – The Ten Commandments (1923)

6. Victor Sjöström

Before Bergman, we had Sjöström. Revenge, sacrifice, regret, man vs. nature and other similar elements with technical mastery. He was also acting.

1 – He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
2 – The Scarlet Letter (1926)
3 – The Phantom Carriage (1921)
4 – The Wind (1928)
5 – The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)

7. Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Especially collaborating with Louise Brooks became Pabst a starmaker and storyteller of fallen ones. Brigitte Helm is other favorite actress of him.

1 – Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
2 – Pandora’s Box (1929)
3 – Joyless Street (1925)
4 – The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)
5 – Desire (1928)

8. Josef von Sternberg

“Proto-noir” term came to life with Sternberg. Underworld is a prototype for Scarface. His men are strong and dominant characters until they fall in love. He often uses femme fatales.

1 – The Docks of New York (1928)
2 – Underworld (1927)
3 – The Last Command (1928)

9. Erich von Stroheim

If you’ve seen Sunset Blvd, you must see these ones. Greed: Money doesn’t bring happiness. Foolish Wives: Dirty rotten scoundrels.

1 – Greed (1924)
2 – Foolish Wives (1922)
3 – The Wedding March (1928)
4 – Queen Kelly (1929)

10. Robert Wiene

Father of German Expressionism. He created paranoiac and surreal atmospheres.

1 – The Hands of Orlac (1924)
2 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

11. Clarence Brown

Best movies of Garbo / Gilbert collaboration directed by Clarence Brown. He gives us a love triangle with a femme fatale who played by Greta Garbo and remained great stories.

1 – Flesh and the Devil (1926)
2 – A Woman of Affairs (1928)
3 – The Goose Woman (1925)
4 – Smouldering Fires (1925)
5 – The Trail of ’98 (1928)

12. King Vidor

The Crowd. Wow. Social criticism, nature of loneliness, fading youth and American Dream; great masterpiece.

1 – The Crowd (1928)
2 – The Big Parade (1925)
3 – Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)
4 – The Patsy (1928)
5 – Show People (1928)

13. Fred Niblo

Like Brown, Niblo used similar themes with more eroticism and exotic places.

1 – Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
2 – Blood and Sand (1922)
3 – The Temptress (1926)

14. Ernst Lubitsch

“Lubitsch touch” shows itself early, also he directed strong and heartbreaking dramas. Like Chaplin, he made fun with aristocracy without a tramp.

1 – The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
2 – So This is Paris (1926)
3 – Eternal Love (1929)
4 – The Doll (1919)

15. Paul Leni

He directed early Universal horror movies. Cat and Canary described “haunted house” subgenre. Man Who Laughs inspired to create Joker character with Conrad Veidt’s Gwynplaine (likewise, Les Vampires, The Bat and Mark of Zorro inspired to create Batman). Waxworks is an anthology film like fairytale.

1 – Waxworks (1924)
2 – The Cat and the Canary (1927)
3 – The Man Who Laughs (1928)

16. Raoul Walsh

Like Gustav Machaty, Walsh created independent, desirable woman characters. Sadie was Gloria Swanson’s best and Dolores Del Rio’s haft-bared shoulders are parodied by Shirley Temple in Baby Burlesks’ War Babies.

1 – Sadie Thompson (1928)
2 – What Price Glory (1926)

17. William A. Wellman

Wellman gives us noncomedy (such as It Happened One Night or Sullivan’s Travels) picaresque road movie with Beggars of Life. Also gave Clara Bow to her most successful performance and career peek.

1 – Beggars of Life (1928)
2 – Wings (1927)

18. Herbert Brenon

His memorable characters are a modern Pagliacci and Peter Pan who played by a girl.

1 – Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
2 – Peter Pan (1924)

Others;

Louis Feuillade: Les Vampires (1915), Fantomas (1913)
Gustav Machaty: Erotikon (1929) (you must see Ekstase after this)
Carl Dreyer: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Abel Gance: Napoleon (1927)
Dziga Vertov: Man with a Camera (1929)

AUTEURS (Comedy)

I love Chaplin. But he directed only 4 feature films (one for Edna – a drama and he’s not in) in Twenties and how can I ignore Keaton’s unique stunt performances ? With talkies, his contract with MGM ends his career, he never control on his films anymore. He’s out of the game with thirties. So I left off the list Chaplin’s later movies: City Lights and Modern Times. By the way, Keaton’s last two features with another director are pretty emotional and romantic, like Chaplin’s City Lights.

1. Buster Keaton

(His godfather, Harry Houdini, at the time another vaudevillian and friend of the family, dubbed the child “Buster” when he saw the way he was thrown around on stage.) When he fall asleep, we go out a magical journey.

1 – Seven Chances (1925)
2 – The General (1927)
3 – Sherlock Jr. (1924)

2. Charlie Chaplin

In 1918, he becomes the first actor to have a million dollar contract. Nuff said.

1 – The Gold Rush (1925)
2 – The Kid (1921)
3 – The Circus (1928)

Mention: Alfred E. Green for Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921), Irene (1926), Ella Cinders (1926)

Director/Actor Collaborations

Clarence Brown / Greta Garbo & John Gilbert (Flesh and the Devil, A Woman of Affairs, Love)
Frank Borzage / Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell (7th Heaven, Street Angel, Lucky Star)
Victor Sjöström / Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson (The Scarlet Letter, The Wind)
Josef von Sternberg / George Bancroft (Underworld, The Docks of New York)
Fritz Lang / Bernhard Goetzke (Destiny, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge)
Charlie Chaplin / Edna Purviance (The Kid, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate and many shorts – almost thirty)
Alfred E. Green / Colleen Moore (Irene, Ella Cinders)

Directors on screen

William Dieterle: Waxworks (1924)
Raoul Walsh: Sadie Thompson (1928)
Erich von Stroheim: Foolish Wives (1922)
Victor Sjöström: The Outlaw and His Wife (1918), The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Benjamin Christensen: Mikael (1924)
Leni Riefenstahl: The Holy Mountain (1926), The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929)
King Vidor: Show People (1928)

Overrated Director: D.W. Griffith

ACTORS (Drama)

Lon Chaney, Emil Jannings, Rudolph Valentino, John Gilbert, Conrad Veidt

1. Lon Chaney

He’s a great drama actor and make-up artist. In The Penalty , he worn two leather buckets on his legs. In The Unknown, he learned eating, drinking and smoking with his feet. In The Phantom of the Opera, he pulled the tip of his nose up and pinned it in place with wire, enlarged his nostrils with black paint. Doesn’t enough? He played an old woman in Unholy Three. Joan Crawford said that she learned more about acting from working with Chaney than from everything else in her long career put together.

1 – The Unknown (1927)
2 – He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
3 – The Penalty (1920)
4 – The Unholy Three (1925)
5 – Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
6 – Where East is East (1929)
7- Mockery (1927)
8 – The Shock (1923)

2. Emil Jannings

Many great directors worked with Jannings. He’s a shapeshifter: A demon, a poor old doorman, jealous, unfaithful husband, a fallen majestic figure; he gave great performances and won an Oscar with last one.

1 – The Last Laugh (1924)
2 – The Last Command (1928)
3 – Variety (1925)
4 – Waxworks (1924)
5 – Faust (1926)

3. John Gilbert

He’s talented and pretty handsome (reminded me of Boardwalk Empire’s Lucky Luciano). His memorable films are romances with Garbo; he also worked with Tod Browning in a few movies.

1 – Flesh and the Devil (1926) / Love (1927) / A Woman of Affairs (1928)
2 – Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)
3- The Big Parade (1925)
4 – The Show (1927)
5 – La Boheme (1926)

4. Rudolph Valentino

Latin lover. First male sex symbol of cinema.

1 – The Sheik (1921)
2 – Blood and Sand (1922)
3 – Cobra (1925)
4 – The Eagle (1925)
5 – The Son of the Sheik (1926)

5. Conrad Veidt

I say “The Eyes of Orlac”.

1 – The Hands of Orlac (1924)
2 – Waxworks (1924)
3 – The Man Who Laughs (1928)
4 – The Last Performance (1927)

6. Rudolf Klein-Rogge

He’s The Penguin of Gotham.

1 – Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
2 – Metropolis (1927)

The Rest

Clive Brook, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, John Barrymore, Victor McLaglen, George Bancroft

Lars Hanson: The Scarlet Letter (1926), Flesh and the Devil (1926), The Wind (1928)
Ramon Novarro: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
Victor McLaglen: A Girl in Every Port (1928), What Price Glory (1926), The Unholy Three (1925)
George Bancroft: Underworld (1927), The Docks of New York (1928)
Clive Brook: Underworld (1927), Barbed Wire (1927), Hula (1927)
Charles Farrell: Lucky Star (1929), 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), City Girl (1930)
John Barrymore: Eternal Love (1929)
James Murray: The Crowd (1928)
Ivor Novello: The Lodger (1927)
Max Schreck: Nosferatu (1922)

Overrated Actor: Douglas Fairbanks

ACTORS (Comedy)

1. Charlie Chaplin (The Tramp: The first million dollar artist in cinema.)
2. Buster Keaton (Stone face. Fatty Arbuckle’s apprentice)

3. Harold Lloyd (first Lonesome Luke, after The Boy. seems disingenuous)

1 – Safety Last! (1923)
2 – The Freshman (1925)
3 – The Kid Brother (1927)

The Rest

Harry Langdon (babyface): The Strong Man (1926)
Max Linder: Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)
W.C. Fields: Running Wild (1927)
Eddie Cantor : Kid Boots (1926)
Edward Everett Horton: Helen’s Babies (1924)

Mention: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle with short subjects.

Supporting Actors

Bernhard Goetzke, Paul Wegener, Lionel Barrymore, Hobart Bosworth, Wallace Beery

Bernhard Goetzke: Destiny (1921), Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922), Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge (1924)
Paul Wegener: The Magician (1926), The Golem (1920), Mandrake (1928) (he’s also a director)
Lionel Barrymore: Sadie Thompson (1928), West of Zanzibar (1928)
Hobart Bosworth: A Woman of Affairs (1928), The Big Parade (1925), My Best Girl (1927), Eternal Love (1929)
Wallace Beery: Beggars of Life (1928)
Tom Santschi: 3 Bad Men (1926)
Jackie Coogan: The Kid (1921)

ACTRESSES (Drama)

1. Janet Gaynor

I supposed that Greta Garbo is the best actress of silent era. After watching Sunrise and Borzage films, I changed my mind. Gaynor has a gift; you feel emotional, compassionate, excited and fall in love with her when watching her movies. She is The Little Match Girl in flesh. Like Garbo, she retired early at 32 in 1938. She won Oscar with three performances in same year at the age 22 (Garbo retired at 36 in 1941).

1 – Sunrise (1927)
2 – Lucky Star (1929)
3 – 7th Heaven (1927)
4 – Street Angel (1928)

2. Lillian Gish

Have you seen The Scarlet Letter ? She’s expression is amazing, only Gaynor compete with her on silent screen. She mostly played suffering, desperate characters and gave her face on classic silent era. Then Gaynor came in.

1 – The Scarlet Letter (1926)
2 – Orphans of the Storm (1921)
3 – The Wind (1928)
4 – Broken Blossoms (1919)
5 – La Boheme (1926)

3. Greta Garbo

“The Divine Woman”, “The Temptress”, “Devil in Flesh”, she seduces, she cheats, she destroys everything and remain us tears and obsession to her. I love Greta. I always loved. But she’s not as talented as she make us feel.

1 – Flesh and the Devil (1926)
2 – A Woman of Affairs (1928)
3 – The Temptress (1926)
4 – Love (1927)

4. Gloria Swanson

Swanson played strong, independent woman characters. Falling in love with her like playing with fire. A bonus with Sunset Blvd.

1 – Sadie Thompson (1928)
2 – Queen Kelly (1929)
3 – Male and Female (1919)
4 – The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

5. Louise Brooks

The most beautiful face of all, but unfortunately she couldn’t find a chance to play important roles except collaborating duo with Pabst. Watch It’s the Old Army Game and you’ll understand what I mean (even if you love W.C. Fields!).

1 – Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
2 – Pandora’s Box (1929)
3 – Beggars of Life (1928)
4 – A Girl in Every Port (1928)

6. Mary Pickford

Does anyone know how tall is Holy Mary? You can’t believe in your eyes. She played 12 year old girls at 25. She had made more 160 films before Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917). Like Chaplin, she becomes the first millionaire actress of Hollywood. On June 24, 1916, she agreed to make 12 films in 2 years for the handsome sum of 1 million dollars. I love her, I respect her works and thankfully for The United Artists which was founded by her in 1919 with Chaplin, Fairbanks and Griffith. Famous headline says “The inmates are taking over the asylum.” Rest in peace, sweetheart. We always remember you.

1 – Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
2 – My Best Girl (1927)
3 – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)
4 – Sparrows (1926)
5 – Tess of the Storm Country (1922)

7. Brigitte Helm (debut in Metropolis)

Underrated talent. I most like her blind girl performance in Jeanne Ney. Also her wardrobe is amazing (especially in L’Argent).

1 – The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)
2 – The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna (1929)
3 – Desire (1928)

The Rest: Notable Talented and Beautiful Actresses

Brigitte Helm, Pola Negri, Dolores Del Rio

Barbara Kent, Renée Adorée, Zasu Pitts

Asta Nielsen: Afgrunden (1910), Mata Hari (1920), Hamlet (1921)
Norma Shearer: The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
Pola Negri: Barbed Wire (1927)
Barbara Kent: Lonesome (1928), Flesh and the Devil (1926)
Elissa Landi: Underground (1928)
Falconetti: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Hanna Ralph: Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
Zasu Pitts: Greed (1924), Lazybones (1925)
Joan Crawford: Our Dancing Daughters (1928), The Unknown (1927), Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926)
Dolores del Rio: What Price Glory (1926)
Lois Wilson: Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
Leatrice Joy: Manslaughter (1922)
Loretta Young: Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
Mary Duncan: The River (1929)
Barbara Bedford: Mockery (1927)
Priscilla Dean: Outside the Law (1920), White Tiger (1923)
Renée Adorée: The Big Parade (1925), The Show (1927) (She played with John Gilbert one for the third time in Monte Cristo), Daydreams (1922)

Femme Fatales

Musidora, Anna May Wong, Lya De Putti

Musidora: Les Vampires (1915)
Greta Garbo: Flesh and the Devil (1926)
Nita Naldi: Blood and Sand (1922)
Lya De Putti: Variety (1925), Burning Soil (1922)
Anna May Wong: Piccadilly (1929)
Estelle Taylor: Where East is East (1929)
Pola Negri: Sumurun (1920)
Betty Amann: Asphalt (1929)

ACTRESSES (Comedy)

1. Clara Bow

Bow is the most sexy and attractive woman of this era but her films are usually light comedies. Because of It, she became known as It Girl and inspired the cartoon character Betty Boop (especially with her part in The Plastic Age ). Bow is the most iconic face in silent era, along with Lillian Gish and Louise Brooks. She retired early at twenty eight in 1933.

1 – It (1927)
2 – Wings (1927)
3 – Hula (1927)

2. Colleen Moore

The comedienne who cries the most beautiul.

1 – Irene (1926)
2 – Ella Cinders (1928)

The Rest

Marion Davies: The Patsy (1928)
Ossi Oswalda: I Don’t Want to be a Man (1918), The Doll (1919), The Oyster Princess (1919)
Mabel Normand: The Extra Girl (1923)

Supporting Actresses

Evelyn Brent, Dorothy Sebastian, Jobyna Ralston

Evelyn Brent : The Last Command (1928), Underworld (1927), Love ‘Em and Leave ’Em (1926)
Dorothy Sebastian: Spite Marriage (1929), A Woman Affairs (1928), Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Jobyna Ralston: The Freshman (1925), The Kid Brother (1927), Wings (1927)
Marie Dressler: The Patsy (1928)
Olga Baclanova (Freaks’ lady): The Docks of New York (1928), The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Mary Philbin: The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Edith Meinhard: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Mona Rico: Eternal Love (1929)
Marie Glory : L’Argent (1928)
Georgia Hale: The Gold Rush (1925)
Barbara Bedford: The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
Marie Prevost: The Godless Girl (1928)

Edith Meinhard, Andrews Engelmann

Villains

Fritz Rasp: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney (1927), Woman in the Moon (1929), Spies (1928), Metropolis (1927)
Marc McDermott: He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Valeska Gert, Andrews Engelmann (“From Russia with Love” duo): Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Cameos

Charlie Chaplin : Show People (1928)
Harry Langdon: Ella Cinders (1928)

MOVIES

Before the best movie list, some of my little compilation.

Best Documentaries

1 – Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty)
2 – Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
3 – Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922, Benjamin Christensen)

Symphony of Loneliness

1 – The Crowd (1928)
2 – Lonesome (1928)
3 – The Docks of New York (1928)
4 – City Girl (1930)
5 – Hindle Wakes (1927)
6 – People On Sunday (1930)
7 – Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
8 – Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
9 – Nothing But Time (1926)

Best Romances

1 – Sunrise (1927)
2 – Lonesome (1928)
3 – The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
4 – Lucky Star (1929)
5 – 7th Heaven (1927)

Best Thriller

1 – Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922, Fritz Lang)
2 – Les Vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade)
3 – The Lodger (1927, Alfred Hitchcock)
4 – Fantomas (1913, Louis Feuillade)

Revenge Movies

1 – Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
2 – He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Best Black Comedies

1 – The Unholy Three (1925)
2 – The Cat and the Canary (1927)
3 – The Show (1927)

Best Fantasy

1 – Destiny (1921)
2 – Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
3 – Faust (1926)
4 – The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1 – The Extra Girl (1923)
2 – Ella Cinders (1926)
3 – Show People (1928)

Adoption for Dummies: Woody Allen Syndrome!

1 – Lazybones (1925)
2 – Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Fourth Wall Breakers

1 – One Week (1920, Buster Keaton)
2 – Peter Pan (1924, Herbert Brenon)
3 – Tartuffe (1925, F.W.Murnau)

Best Buddy Movie: A Girl in Every Port (1928)
Best Costume Drama: The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
Most erotic scenes of era: Afgrunden , L’Age D’Or , Erotikon

Overrated movies: War romances (The Big Parade, Lilac Time, Wings)

Here’s the best feature films of the era by M.

Sunrise (1927) 98
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) 94
Destiny (1921) 93
Nanook of the North (1922) 92
The Crowd (1928) 91
The Gold Rush (1925) 90
Lonesome (1928) 90
The Man With A Movie Camera (1929) 90
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) 86
Safety Last! (1923) 86
Barbed Wire (1927) 84
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) 83
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) 83
Flesh and the Devil (1926) 83
The Affairs of Anatol (1921) 82
A Girl in Every Port (1928) 82
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) 82
Metropolis (1927) 82
Seven Chances (1925) 82
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) 82
The Unholy Three (1925) 82
The Docks of New York (1928) 81
The Godless Girl (1928) 81
The Hands of Orlac (1924) 81
The Kid (1921) 81
Nosferatu (1922) 81
The Unknown (1927) 81
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 80
The Circus (1928) 80
The General (1927) 80
Irene (1926) 80
Lucky Star (1929) 80
Male and Female (1919) 80
Les Vampires (1915) 80
Woman in the Moon (1929) 80
Asphalt (1929) 79
The Freshman (1925) 79
The Last Laugh (1924) 79
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) 79
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) 79
Manslaughter (1922) 79
Napoléon (1927) 79
Orphans of the Storm (1921) 79
Sherlock Jr. (1924) 79
City Girl (1930) 78
Greed (1924) 78
Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) 78
Underworld (1927) 78
Beggars of Life (1928) 77
Der Brennende Acker (1922) 77
The Lodger (1927) 77
Waxworks (1924) 77
Battleship Potemkin (1925) 76
The Cat and the Canary (1927) 76
Fantomas (1913) 76
The Last Command (1928) 76
7th Heaven (1927) 75
Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) 75
The Big Parade (1925) 75
Blood and Sand (1922) 75
Faust (1926) 75
Hindle Wakes (1927) 75
The Kid Brother (1927) 75
The Navigator (1924) 75
Pandora’s Box (1929) 75
The Patsy (1928) 75
Running Wild (1927) 75
Sadie Thompson (1928) 75
So This is Paris (1926) 75
The Temptress (1926) 75
Underground (1928) 75
A Woman of Affairs (1928) 75
Bed and Sofa (1927) 74
The Cameraman (1928) 74
Cobra (1925) 74
The Extra Girl (1923) 74
The Goddess (1934) 74
Häxan (1922) 74
It (1927) 74
Lazybones (1925) 74
Love (1927) 74
The Penalty (1920) 74
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 74
The Scarlet Letter (1926) 74
The Show (1927) 74
Street Angel (1928) 74
Tol’able David (1921) 74
Variety (1925) 74
A Woman of Paris (1923) 74
3 Bad Men (1926) 73
Battling Butler (1926) 73
Go West (1925) 73
The Goose Woman (1925) 73
Joyless Street (1925) 73
The Man Who Laughs (1928) 73
My Best Girl (1927) 73
Our Hospitality (1923) 73
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) 73
People on Sunday (1930) 73
The Phantom Carriage (1921) 73
Rien que les heures (1926) 73
Smouldering Fires (1925) 73
The Strong Man (1926) 73
The Ten Commandments (1923) 73
Where East Is East (1929) 73
Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna (1929) 73
The Ace of Hearts (1921) 72
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927) 72
The Cheat (1915) 72
College (1927) 72
A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929) 72
Ella Cinders (1926) 72
Erotikon (1929) 72
Eternal Love (1929) 72
Every-Night Dreams (1933) 72
Heilige Berg, Der (1926) 72
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) 72
I Don’t Want to be a Man (1918) 72
Kiki (1926) 72
The Last Performance (1927) 72
Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney (1927) 72
The Mysterious Lady (1928) 72
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) 72
Piccadilly (1929) 72
Die Puppe (1919) 72
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) 72
The Trail of ‘98 (1928) 72
West of Zanzibar (1928) 72
The Wind (1928) 72
Wings (1927) 72
Die Austernprinzessin (1919) 71
La Boheme (1926) 71
Foolish Wives (1922) 71
The Golem (1920) 71
Intolerance (1916) 71
Jealousy (1925) 71
Kid Boots (1926) 71
The Kiss (1929) 71
L’Âge d’or (1930) 71
The Magician (1926) 71
Miss Lulu Bett (1921) 71
Mockery (1927) 71
Mother (1926) 71
Mr. Wu (1927) 71
The Mystic (1925) 71
Nurse Marjorie (1920) 71
Our Dancing Daughters (1928) 71
Peter Pan (1924) 71
Queen Kelly (1929) 71
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) 71
The River (1929) 71
The Sheik (1921) 71
Show People (1928) 71
Spite Marriage (1929) 71
Three Ages (1923) 71
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927) 71
Warning Shadows (1923) 71
The Wedding March (1928) 71
Abwege (1928) 69
The Black Bird (1926) 69
The Eagle (1925) 69
Hula (1927) 69
An Inn in Tokyo (1935) 69
Outside the Law (1920) 69
Pollyanna (1920) 69
The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) 69
Raskolnikov (1923) 69
Secrets of a Soul (1926) 69
The Shock (1923) 69
The Son of the Sheik (1926) 69
Sparrows (1926) 69
The Toll Of The Sea (1922) 69
Die Weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü (1929) 69
The Woman He Scorned (1929) 69
Aelita: The Queen of Mars (1924) 68
Flesh and Blood (1922) 68
Helen’s Babies (1924) 68
Tartuffe (1925) 68
What Price Glory (1926) 68
Broken Blossoms (1919) 68
Long Pants (1927) 68
The Show Off (1926) 68
It’s the Old Army Game (1926) 68
Tess of the Storm Country (1922) 68

Sing, MY ANGEL!

PS: I originally prepared that list for the feature films of the 20s, then expanded it from 1915 to 1934. I’m planning to prepare another list for the shorts soon. Thanks Gumm for help to edit.

To be concluded with Masters of the Silent Era: References

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