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Top Films of 1895

1895 – Alfred Drefus and Oscar Wilde were each sentenced to prison, the Republic of Formosa existed on the island of Taiwan for several months, the first professional American football game was played and the world’s first automobile race was … Continue reading

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Top 5 Films – 1915

1915 – Europe was engulfed in World War I, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the world’s first long-distance call, Kafka published “The Metamorphosis,” Ford Maddox Ford wrote “The Good Soldier,” and Babe Ruth hit his first home run. Here are the … Continue reading

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The Keaton Decade

The star of a film comedian rises and falls more rapidly than that of any other. Actors who seem like comic genius can – in the space of only 5-10 years – deplete their reserves of gags and jokes. Novelty … Continue reading

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The Last Laugh

Der letzte mann – The Last Laugh (1924) dir. F. W. Murnau The Last Laugh is a true silent film.  It has only one title card, and it is put in as a joke.  Emil Jannings (who later won the … Continue reading

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7th Heaven (1927)

7th Heaven (1927) dir. Frank Borzage Charles Farrell is a Parisian sewer rat who has given up on God, and Janet Gaynor is a prostitute who is regularly abused by her sister. Through a strange series of events, they agree … Continue reading

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King Vidor – The Big Parade, The Crowd

The Big Parade (1925) dir. King Vidor The Crowd (1928) dir. King Vidor Two of King Vidor’s late silent films are early landmarks in genre. 1925’s The Big Parade, much moreso than Griffith’s Birth of a Nation laid down the … Continue reading

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Metropolis: A Proto-Fascist Anti-Utopia

Metropolis is director Fritz Lang’s most famous work.  The 1927 German silent classic is renowned for its epic German Expressionist style and its sweeping influence on the science-fiction genre.  Here, it is the first entry in 45.1 Dystopias, and I’ll … Continue reading

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