Monday, August 4, 2008

The Silent Era

Les Vampires (1915-1916)


Pre-1910
Short films (Louis and Auguste Lumière, c1890s, France)
Short films (Georges Méliès, c1900s, France)
Short films (Edwin S. Porter, c1900s, United States)
A Corner in Wheat (D.W. Griffith, 1909, United States)
The Country Doctor (D.W.Griffith, 1909, United States)
Drive for Life (D.W.Griffith, 1909, United States)

1910-1914
The Cameraman's Revenge (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1912, Russia)
The Musketeers of Pig Alley (D.W. Griffith, 1912, United States)
Fantômas (Louis Feuillade, 1913, France)
Ingeborg Holm (Victor Sjöström, 1913, Sweden)
Cabiria (Giovanni Pastrone, 1914, Italy)
Mute Witnesses (Yevgeni Bauer, 1914, Russia)

1915
The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, United States)
The Cheat (Cecil B. DeMille, United States)
Daydreams (Yevgeni Bauer, Russia)
Regeneration (Raoul Walsh, United States)
Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, France)

1916
Hell's Hinges (William S. Hart, United States)
Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, United States)
Judex (Louis Feuillade, France)
Shoes (Lois Weber, United States)

1917
The Adventurer (Charles Chaplin, United States)
The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin, United States)
Straight Shooting (John Ford, United States)
Wild and Woolly (John Emerson, United States)

1918
The Bluebird (Maurice Tourneur, United States)
The Life Story of David Lloyd George (Maurice Elvey, United Kingdom)
The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjöström, Sweden)
Stella Maris (Marshall Neilan, United States)
Tih Minh (Louis Feuillade, France)
The Whispering Chorus (Cecil B. DeMille, United States)

1919
Blind Husbands (Erich von Stroheim, United States)
Broken Blossoms (D. W. Griffith, United States)
The Doll (Ernst Lubitsch, Germany)
Don't Change Your Husband (Cecil B. DeMille, United States)
J'accuse! (Abel Gance, France)
The Oyster Princess (Ernst Lubitsch, Germany)
The President (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
Sir Arne's Treasure (Mauritz Stiller, Sweden)
Sunnyside (Charles Chaplin, United States)
When the Clouds Roll By (Victor Fleming, United States)

1920
The Agonizing Adventure (Yakov Protazanov, Soviet Union)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, Germany)
Last of the Mohicans (Maurice Tourneur and Clarence Brown, United States)
The Parson's Widow (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark)
Way Down East (D.W. Griffith, United States)

1921
Destiny (Fritz Lang, Germany)
Orphans of the Storm (D.W. Griffith, United States)
The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, Sweden)
Seven Years Bad Luck (Max Linder, United States)

1922
The Burning Earth (F.W. Murnau, Germany)
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Fritz Lang, Germany)
Foolish Wives (Erich von Stroheim, United States)
Grandma's Boy (Fred C. Newmeyer, United States)
Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, United States)
Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, Germany)

1923
Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton and John G. Blystone, United States)
Safety Last! (Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Wood, United States)
A Woman of Paris (Charles Chaplin, United States)

1924
Ballet mécanique (Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, France)
The Crazy Ray (René Clair, France)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Union)
Greed (Erich von Stroheim, United States)
The Iron Horse (John Ford, United States)
The Last Laugh (F.W. Murnau, Germany)
The Marriage Circle (Ernst Lubitsch, United States)
The Navigator (Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp, United States)
The Thief of Baghdad (Raoul Walsh, United States)
Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, United States)

1925
The Adventures of Robert Macaire (Jean Epstein, France)
Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union)
The Big Parade (King Vidor, United States)
The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, United States)
Lady Windermere's Fan (Ernst Lubitsch, United States)
Lazybones (Frank Borzage, United States)
The Salvation Hunters (Josef von Sternberg, United States)
Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union)
Tartuffe (F.W. Murnau, Germany)
Variety (E. A. Dupont, Germany)

1926
3 Bad Men (John Ford, United States)
By the Law (Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Union)
Dog Shy (Leo McCarey, United States)
Faust (F.W. Murnau, Germany)
Fig Leaves (Howard Hawks, United States)
The General (Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, United States)
Mantrap (Victor Fleming, United States)
So This is Paris (Ernst Lubitsch, United States)

1927
The Cat and the Canary (Paul Leni, United States)
The End of St. Petersburg (Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet Union)
The Girl with the Hat Box (Boris Barnet, Soviet Union)
The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, United Kingdom)
The Italian Straw Hat (René Clair, France)
The Kid Brother (Ted Wilde and J.A. Howe, United States)
Seventh Heaven (Frank Borzage, United States)
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Ernst Lubitsch, United States)
Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, United States)
Underworld (Josef von Sternberg, United States)

1928
L'argent (Maurice L'Herbier, France)
The Crowd (King Vidor, United States)
The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg, United States)
A Girl in Every Port (Howard Hawks, United States)
The House on Trubnaya Square (Boris Barnet, Soviet Union)
Lonesome (Paul Fejos, United States)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, France)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner, United States)
The Wind (Victor Sjöström, United States)
Zvenigora (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Soviet Union)

1929
Arsenal (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Soviet Union)
Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, United Kingdom)
The Blue Express (Ilya Trauberg, Soviet Union)
Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali, Spain)
Hallelujah (King Vidor, United States)
Lucky Star (Frank Borzage, United States)
Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union)
Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst, Germany)
The River (Frank Borzage, United States)
Spite Marriage (Edward Sedgwick, United States)

5 comments:

spidercamp said...

Hi - was wondering if you could tell me what movie the image of the woman in the insane black-winged costume is from? Whatever it is, I want to watch that. Thanks!

Michael J. Anderson said...

Dear spidercamp,

Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915-6, France)... it's one of the best on the list, do see it.

spidercamp said...

I'll definitely check it out - thanks so much!

bmtr said...

It's time to add the silent era to your other top tens, likewise ranked. You know it in your heart.

Allan Fish said...

Come on, Michael, gotta have Gance's La Roue and Napoleon (full Brownlow/Carl Davis) in there. Dozens of others, but those two in particular.

Allan