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Yearly Roundup – 1925/1926

Posted by martinteller on August 15, 2012

The Cream of the Crop

I’m relatively weak on the silent era, so I’ll be grouping some early years together.  The only standout I have for either of these years is A Page of Madness, Kinugasa’s delirious horror/drama set in an insane asylum.  Still desperately hoping for a proper home release of this dazzling film.

Update 3/18/2014: Victor Sjostrom’s adaptation of The Scarlet Letter with Lillian Gish is superb.

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Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

For most people, the big Soviet film of these years is Battleship Potemkin.  I’m not quite as fond of that one, I actually prefer Eisenstein’s debut feature Strike.  Also mad props to Pudovkin’s Mother, heavy on propaganda but highly enjoyable.  Vidor’s The Big Parade takes some time to find its legs, but the battle scenes are astonishing.  In the world of shorts, Cavalcanti’s Rien que les heures is a beautiful “city symphony” film.

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Varying Degrees of Like

The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Battleship Potemkin
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chess Fever
Faust
The Freshman
The General
Moana
Seven Chances
Tartuffe
Varieté
Voice of a Nightingale

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Varying Degrees of Hate

Wizard of Oz

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Some Notable Films In The Middle

Go West
The Gold Rush
Joyless Street
Ménilmontant
The Phantom of the Opera

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Uncharted Territory

Anémic Cinéma, Battling Butler, Flesh and the Devil, Lady Windemere’s Fan, The Lost World, The Merry Widow, Paris qui dort, The Pleasure Garden, The Song of Home

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