A very early drama about the effects of poverty from the first famous female director.
This might be the earliest movie we ever discuss on this site. Should you watch it? Spoilers: probably.
The final appearance of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp character somehow remains both funny and relevant.
Maybe the first big blockbuster, somehow still leaving viewers flabbergasted a century later. Also one long missive about “cancel culture,,” basically.
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Falconetti gives perhaps the greatest of all movie performances in this legendary silent film that feels like “an historical document from an era where cinema did not exist.”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.