The first of our forgotten best picture winners was such an early sound movie that it is hard to watch, even if it is considered one of the very first movie musicals.
Renée Jeanne Falconetti gives perhaps the greatest of all movie performances in this legendary silent film that feels like “an historical document from an era where cinema did not exist.”
Perhaps the artistic apotheosis of silent movies, just before sound came in and swept them away.
Buster Keaton climbs into a movie screen inside of the movie he’s already in. He gets the girl in both movies.
Charlie Chaplin’s biggest hit is also probably my favorite of his movies that I’ve yet seen.
In which Buster Keaton almost dies over and over in the name of comedy, and also drops an actual train off an actual bridge.
The earliest extant movie from a Black director, I found myself getting into it as more than homework.
A Soviet propaganda film that basically invented the modern action sequence.
This “experiment” shocked contemporary audiences but influenced filmmaking decades after its initial release.
An oft-overlooked silent comedy classic that I actually laughed a lot at.