Posted by: ckckred | July 14, 2013

What Is Your Favorite Silent Movie?

SInce I watched Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen films this week, I thought it’d be appropriate to ask what’s your favorite silent film?

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There are plenty of great silent films from The Passion of Joan of Arc (pictured above) to countless Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton movies.  Which one is your favorite?

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Responses

  1. The Lodger- Hitchcock

    • Nice pick. I haven’t seen that myself, but I heard that a lot of Hitchcock’s silents are being released on DVD.

  2. I haven’t seen a lot of silent films. I really need to fix that. I have only liked three out of the ones I’ve seen: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Crowd, and The Artist. I would have to say that Caligari is my favorite out of all of those. Great to get some more suggestions though!

    • Nice picks. I have only seen The Artist of the three you mentioned, but I’m planning to watch Dr. Caligari soon.

  3. I’m glad you’ve seen Die Nibelungen. I remember seeing the whole thing in a cinema with live accompaniment quite a few years back, and it was wonderful, stirring stuff. I think The Passion of Joan of Arc is definitely up there, but for me my favourite silent film (one of my favourite films full stop) is Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans by F.W. Murnau. His Faust is also brilliant, so if you liked Die Nibelungen, I definitely think you’d dig Faust (if you haven’t seen it already!). As for comedies, I like most of Buster Keaton’s work (especially Sherlock, Jr.), though personally I find Chaplin a little trying, as I have a low tolerance for mawkishness.

    • Nice picks! I haven’t seen Sunrise but I have watched Faust, which I really liked.

  4. I’m going to go with City Lights, incredibly charming.

    • Nice pick, it’s a great film.

  5. I haven’t seen many silent films, but one I recently researched and enjoyed was Le Jetee by Chris Marker. I also watched ‘Cook Papa Cook’ (1928) which I discovered was a lost film and transferred from a surviving print! That was a really interesting watch. Safety Last’ (1923) staring Harold Lloyd is brilliant. And of course how can I forget the classic ‘A Trip to the Moon’ and like you said; the countless Charlie Chaplin sequences 🙂

    • A Trip To The Moon is a classic, I just saw it again the other day.

  6. D. W. Griffith’s “Intolerance.”
    Josef von Sternberg’s “The Docks of New York.”
    Erich von Stroheim’s “Greed.”
    Yasujiro Ozu’s “I Was Born But. . .”

    There are too many. 🙂

  7. Metropolis by Fritz Lang

    • Nice pick! Love that as well.

  8. I really haven’t seen enough silent films. I recently saw Metropolis and that probably jumps to the top, although Caligari is up there too.

    • Nice picks! Metropolis is a stunning film. Also, for some reason wordpress put a lot of your comments as well as a few other bloggers’ in my spam filter. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m trying to retrieve all the comments.

  9. Haven’t seen too many of them though I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy movies. I’d say my fave so far is The Artist!

    • Nice pick! The Artist is a superb film.

  10. Nosferatu!

    • Nice pick! I’m a huge fan of the film as well. I always try to see it in October.

  11. Probably City Lights, though I have quite enjoyed pretty much everything I have seen from Chaplin and Keaton.

    • Nice pick! Chaplin and Keaton were certainly masters of the genre.

  12. “Battleship Potemkin”. It truly is an epic film, and holds-up well.

    • Nice pick! I’m not a huge fan of the film but it is quite epic.


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