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Yearly Roundup – 1921 to 1924

Posted by martinteller on October 2, 2012

The Cream of the Crop


As I’ve said before, few of my favorites come from the silent era of cinema.  Not one I’m totally in love with, but The Phantom Carriage is a remarkable film in many ways.  Impressive effects and a haunting story that’s told with sophistication.  Excellent performance by director Sjostrom, and a film that influenced Ingmar Bergman.


Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

Sjostrom wasn’t the only Swede producing fine motion pictures at this time.  Stiller’s The Saga of Gosta Berling is a marvelously crafted drama, with a surprising amount of depth for the period.  The first half of Fritz Lang’s “Die Nubelungen” saga, Siegfried is the better of the two, and one of his best early films.  In this era we get two classics of comedy: Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! and Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. — both firmly established in the canon, and rightfully so.  And the horror classic Nosferatu is well worth a look, especially fun to compare & contrast with Herzog’s remake.  And lastly, Clair’s lovely surrealist short Entr’acte.


Varying Degrees of Like

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
Girl Shy
He Who Gets Slapped
The Kid
The Last Laugh
Nanook of the North
The Navigator
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge
Our Hospitality
The Play House
La Retour a la raison
La Roue
The Thief of Bagdad
Warning Shadows


Varying Degrees of Hate



Some Notable Films In The Middle

Ballet mécanique
Danse macabre
Foolish Wives
The Frogs Who Wanted a King
The Hands of Orlac
The Pilgrim
Why Worry?
A Woman of Paris


Uncharted Territory

The Ballonatic, The Blacksmith, The Boat, Coeur fidèle, The Electric House, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Goat, The Haunted House, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Iron Horse, The Love Nest, The Marriage Circle, Michael, Number 13, Orphans of the Storm, The Paleface, Raskolnikov, The Ten Commandments, Three Ages


2 Responses to “Yearly Roundup – 1921 to 1924”

  1. JamDenTel said

    I heartily recommend all of the Buster Keaton shorts.

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