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  Science fiction film directed by Fritz Lang that takes set in 2026. An epic projection of a futuristic city divided into a working and an elite class. the poor are encouraged by  encouraged by Maria. Upon discovering her influence upon the workers, a mad scientist kidnaps Maria and creates a robot in her image that will incite the workers to revolt.


Robin Hood


Robin Hood", starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery, is the first movie ever to have a Hollywood premiere, held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on October 18, 1922. The movie's full title, under which it was copyrighted, is "Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood". It was one of the most expensive films of the 1920s, with a budget estimated at approximately one million dollars and generally received favorable reviews.


Warning Shadows


During a dinner given by a wealthy baron and his wife, four of her suitors attend the 19th century German manor. A shadow-player rescues the marriage by giving all the guests a vision of what might happen if the baron stays jealous and the suitors do not reduce their advances towards his beautiful wife. Or was it a vision?


Pandora's Box


Director G.W. Pabst brings the controversial play Lulu to the screen.

Lulu (Louise Brooks, then 22 ) is a sensual chorus girl whose sexual power destroys every man with whom she has an affair, until she encounters one of history's most notorious killers - Jack the Ripper.Considered particularly shocking at the time of its release because of the suggestion of a lesbian attraction between Lulu and a Countess.


Aelita: Queen of Mars


Silent Soviet film

A young man,travels to Mars in a rocket ship, where he leads a

popular uprising against the ruling group of Elders, with the support of

Queen Aelita who has fallen in love with him after watching him through

a telescope.


The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog


 The film is about the hunt for a "Jack the Ripper"

like serial killer in London.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock




WWI epic and winner of the first Academy Award. Paramount took a $2 miilion chance on young director and WWI ace William ( Wild Bill) Wellman, which became a box office hit. Clara Bow was top billed, even though she appears for a limited time. Gary Coopers one scene cameo led to greater things.


The Kid


The Kid was Charlie Chaplins directorial debut and the results were wildly successful. An abandoned baby is picked up by a tramp (Chaplin), who rears the infant on the streets. Grown into a young boy (Jackie Coogan), Chaplin learns to scheme with him in some hilarious comedic scenes .




F.W. Murnau's German silent classic is the original--and some say most frightening- Dracula adaptation, taking Bram Stoker's novel and turning it into a haunting, shadowy dream full of dread. Names had to be changed from the novel when Stoker's wife charged his novel was being filmed without proper permission. Running times vary depending upon versions of the film. Count Orlok, the rodentlike vampire frighteningly portrayed by Max Schreck, is perhaps the most animalistic screen portrayal of a vampire ever filmed.


The Thief of Bagdad


  Douglas Fairbanks is  a mischievous thief who, with the help of a genie's magic, tries to outwit the evil ruler of Bagdad. With the help of a magic rope and a magic carpet, the hero woos a beautiful princess and faces many mortal dangers, including fierce dragons, blazing fires, and swelling waters, in his quest to prove himself worthy of her love. The film also made a star of Anna May Wong, who portrayed a Mongol slave.


The Haunted Castle


An aristocratic party is crashed by the Count who was accused of murdering The Baroness' first husband. Everyone belives he is the killer, except one who vows to find the real killer.




Subtitled " A Song of two Humans" , this film won three Academy Awards.A young farmer falls in love with a sophisticated woman from the city, who persuades him to try and kill his wife, so they can be together. Starring George O'Brien, who gives one of the most sensitive performaces of his career. Janet Gaynor performace helped her win an Academy Award. Director F.W. Murnau artistic sets won an Award for Artistic Quality.




The swan song of narrowed-eyed western hero William S. Hart.Hart insisted on absolute naturalism in setting,acting and wardrobe.. Tumbleweedsis set at the end of the era of cowboys in 1889 and the land rush for Oklahoma.


True Heart Susie


Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his knowledge. Eventually he rises to a position of success and sophistication, and Susie realizes that she has through her own efforts raised him to a level where he is inaccessible to her.


The Phantom Carriage


Swedish movie based on a novel of Körkarlen  (1912), by Nobel-prize winning Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf.  The film is notable for its special effects, its advanced (for the time) narrative structure with flashbacks within flashbacks, and for having been a major influence on Ingmar Bergman.


Orphans of the Storm


Takes place in  late 18th century France, before and during the French Revolution and borrows a good bit from A Tale of Two Cities..  This was the last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish.

Starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish.Dorothy plays Louise an illegitame child of a rich family,who abandons her.


Dante's Inferno


Directed by Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe De Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan. Soundtrack is by Ivan Dolgunov:http://www.jamendo.com/it/artist/3578...L'Inferno is a 1911 Italian silent film by Giuseppe de Liguoro, loosely adapted from Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. L'Inferno took over three years to make and was the first full-length Italian feature film ever made. The film was first screened in Naples in the Teatro Mercadante on March 10, 1911. The film's depictions of hell closely followed those in the engravings of Gustave Doré for an edition of The Divine Comedy, which were familiar to an international audience, and employed several special effects




Directed by D. W. Griffith and is is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Silent Era. Intolerance was a colossal undertaking filled with monumental sets, lavish period costumes, and more than 3,000 extras. The film consisted of four distinct but parallel stories that demonstrated mankind's intolerance during four different ages in world history in fall of Babylon, crucifixion of Jesus, the French Renaissance and America of 1914.Actual costs to produceIntolerance are unknown, but best estimates are close to $2 million (approximately $41 million in 2008 dollars) .


Diary of a lost girl


The second and last collaboration between Louise Brooks and G.W.Pabst.In the film, Brooks plays an innocent daughter who is raped and forced to go to a repressive reform school.She escapes the reform school and enters a brothel.


The Sheik


A charming Arabian sheik

( Rudolph Valentino ) becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman

( Agnes Ayres ) and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert. See for yourself what all the fuss was about.


Kriemhild's Revenge


The sequel to Fritz Lang's Siegfried.Kriemhild tries to win over the people of Burgundy to help her exact revenge against Hagen for the murder of Siegfried . The second series of Die Nibelungen.


The Lost World


Based on a Sir Arthur Doyle novel (the author of Sherlock Holmes), The Lost World was the first big special effects film in cinematic history. Utilizing stop-motion capture to animate clay model dinosaurs, the monstrous prehistoric creatures come to life as had never been previously accomplished. Though silent, The Lost World is also a rich dramatic narrative: Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) theorizes that dinosaurs are still alive in a remote region of South America. Joined by friends, including the stunning Bessie Love who plays Paula White, Challenger sets off on an expedition to prove his theories correct. Once the lost location is found, the transcendent creature effects take center stage and the explorers watch the beasts hunt, gather, and fight. They decide to bring back a brontosaurus to make them all rich. This would work marvelously, if the monster didnt escape into London! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as himself appears in a introduction to the film .


Ben Hur


This renowned silent epic was one of the most expensive features of its day, and easily stands up to the later, technically superior version. Juda Ben-Hur, a Judean Prince forced to become a galley slave, saves the life of a Roman nobleman. He is adopted by the Roman and becomes a respected citizen and a famed chariot racer. Upon his return to Judea, Ben-Hur witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus.


Broken Blossoms



"The Yellow Man holds a dream to take the glorious message of peace to the barbarious Anglo-Saxons, sons of turmoil and strife."

Based on "The Chink and the Child", a story by Thomas Burke, Broken Blossoms is one of David Wark Griffith's most poetic films.   Richard Barthelmess plays a young Chinese aristocrat who hopes to spread the gospel of his Eastern religion to the grimy corners of London's Limehouse district. Rapidly disillusioned, Barthelmess opens a curio shop and takes to smoking opium. One evening, Lillian Gish, the waif-like daughter of drunken prizefighter Donald Crisp, collapses on Barthelmess' doorstep after enduring one more of her father's brutal beatings. Barthelmess shelters the girl, providing her with the love and kindness that she has never known. Crisp, offended that his daughter is living with a "heathen," forces the girl to return home with him. In a terrible drunken rage, Crisp beats Lillian to death. Barthelmess arrives on the scene, kills Crisp, then kneels beside Lillian's body and takes his own life.  




An early Italian silent film, based on Gustave Flaubert's novel Salammbo by direcror Giovanni Pastrone. Set in ancient Carthage during the period of the Second Punic War. During the war between Carthage and Rome, a girl is separated from her parents. In her odyssey through the world of ancient Rome, she encounters an erupting volcano, the barbaric splendor of Carthage, human sacrifice and Hannibal crossing the Alps. The hero who played Cabira (means 'born of fire.')  was recruited from the Genoa docks.


The Ten Commandments 1923

 DeMille's original version of the story which would cement his place in celluloid history as a director of magnificent spectacle. This silent version is a true testament to his talents and shows the considerable power of early cinema.


Lilac Time


 Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore a WWI love story .


The Eagle 1925

Vladimir Dubrouvsky,(Rudolph Valentino) a lieutenant in the Russian army, catches theeye of Czarina Catherine II.(Louise Dresser) He spurns her advances and flees, and she puts out a warrant for his arrest, dead or alive. Vladimir learns that his father's lands have been taken by the evil Kyrilla Troekouroff, and his father dies. He dons a black mask, and becomes the outlaw The Black Eagle. He enters the Troekouroff household disguised as a French instructor for Kyrilla's daughter Mascha(Vilma Bánky). He is after vengeance, but instead falls in love with Mascha.


The Son of the Sheik 1926

The classic silent film which made Rudolph Valentino into a faint-inducing international sex symbol, THE SHEIK concerns the romantic adventures of Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan who, bewitched by the beauty of British aristocrat Lady Diana, keeps her locked away in a love nest hoping to make her his concubine. In the sequel, The Son of the Sheik, Valentino (playing Young Ahmed) falls madly in love with the dancing girl Yasmin. This special edition culminates with original newsreel footage of Valentino's massively attended funeral. The star, at age 31, died just 8 days after collapsing at the premiere of the latter film.


A Fool There Was


Based on Rudyard Kipling's "The Vampire," the film details the story of a just and moral man who falls from grace at the insidious hands of the unrepentant vamp ( Theda Bara). Notorious subtitling marks this as a genre-defining piece of cinema, especially "Kiss me, my fool!"


Easy Virtue


 A 1928 British silent romance film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall and Ian Hunter. A divorcee scandalizes reputable society and then finds a new suitor. Of course, she doesn't tell him about the shocking divorce


Way down East  


Innocent Anna (Lillian Gish,) is sent by her poverty-stricken mother to visit rich relations in Boston, where she is seduced into a sham marriage by a smooth-talking scoundrel (Lowell Sherman). When she becomes pregnant, he abandons her; later, the baby dies. Now a social outcast, she changes her name and eventually finds shelter at the estate of the sternly religious Squire Bartlett (Burr McIntosh). She falls in love with his handsome son (Richard Barthelmess), but cannot divulge to him her terrible secret for fear of his father's righteous fury. D.W. Griffith (BIRTH OF A NATION) directed this film with his usual blend of powerfully cinematic storytelling and scathing social commentary. Rustic New England and New York locations provide a gorgeous backdrop to the proceedings, and the climax, where poor Anna becomes lost in a winter storm, and is swept down the river on ice floes, is one of silent cinema's peak moments.


Birth of a Nation 1915

This landmark film from silent director D.W. Griffith was the first movie blockbuster.The first part of the film chronicles the Civil War as experienced through the eyes of two families; the Stonemans from the North, and the Camerons of the South. Lifelong friends, they become divided by the Mason-Dixon line, with tragic results. Large-scale battle sequences and meticulous historical details culminate with a staged re-creation of Lincoln's assassination. The second half of the film chronicles the Reconstruction, as Congressman Austin Stoneman (Ralph Lewis) puts evil Silas Lynch (George Siegmann) in charge of the liberated slaves at the Cameron hometown of Piedmont.


Last of the Mohicans


The Last of the Mohicans is a 1920 American film adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name. Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur directed an adaption by Robert Dillon — a story of two English sisters meeting danger on the frontier of the American colonies, in and around the fort commanded by their father


Alice in Wonderland


Alice in Wonderland is a 1915  silent film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, directed and written by W.W. Young and starring Viola Savoy as Alice .


Woman in the Moon


When scientist Manfeldt finally gets the chance to go to the moon and prove his theory of the existence of lunar gold deposits, he is disappointed to discover that he must travel with various strangers. Woman in the Moon (German Frau im Mond) is a science fiction silent film that premiered 15 October 1929. It is often considered to be one of the first "serious" science fiction films. It was written and directed by Fritz Lang, based on the novel Die Frau im Mond (1928, translated as The Woman to the Moon in 1930) by his collaborator Thea von Harbou, his wife at the time. It was released in the USA as By Rocket to the Moon and in the UK as Woman in the Moon


Les Vampires 1915

Vampish villainess Irma Vep, along with her jewel-filching gang, terrorizes Paris in this complete collection of the intrigue-laden French silent serials


Docks of New York


directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson, and Olga Baclanova. The movie was adapted by Jules Furthman from the John Monk Saunders story The Dock Walloper.An incredibly strong ship stoker named Bill (George Bancroft) saves a beautiful prostitute named Mae (Betty Compson) from drowning during his one night of shore leave. She was attempting suicide as she had no money, almost no clothes and felt remorse about her life up to then. He steals some clothes for her and invites her out for a "good night".


Fatty's Pants 1914

'Fatty' is looking forward to attending a formal occasion. But in order to go, he has to be properly dressed, and he encounters unexpected difficulties in getting himself ready.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  


Francis and his friend Alan visit a fair in the small German town of Holstenwall where a sideshow is run by the mysterious Dr Caligari. Caligari is exhibiting a Somnambulist, Cesare; who has slept for 23 years and knows the secrets of the past and the future.  When Cesare predicts Alan that will die at daybreak and the prediction comes true, suspicion falls on the doctor and Cesare. When a local man is caught in the act of killing an old woman it seems like the case is solved. However, the crimes continue.  Claimed to be the first great horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set in motion the wheels of the German cinema.


Charlie Shanghaied


A shipowner intends to scuttle his ship on its last voyage to get the insurance money. Charlie, a tramp in love with the owner's daughter, is grabbed by the captain and promises to help him shanghai some seamen. The daughter stows away to follow Charlie. Charlie assists in the galley and attempts to serve food during a gale.




It is a 1927 silent romantic comedy film which tells the story of a shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome and wealthy boss of the department store where she works. Because of this film, actress Clara Bow became a major star of the highest magnitude, and a result, became known as the "It girl". The picture was considered lost for many years, but a nitrate-copy was found in Prague in the 1960s .


For The Term of His Natural Life


Austrailian silent film about the early settlement of Australia with prisoners.


The General


A Buster Keaton comedy.Union solders have stolen The General, a Confederate train manned by Johnnie Gray, who was unable to enlist in the Confederate army because he is needed as an engineer.


The Hunchback of Nortre Dame  


A classicadaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo starring

Lon Chaney as you know who .


The Speed Kings  


Papa is taking his daughter Mabel (Normand) to an automobile race. Mabel is in love with Teddy Tetzlaff, but Papa prefers Earl Cooper, and he schemes to try to prevent Tetzlaff from winning the race. As the race begins, Papa and Mabel are watching it together with conflicting loyalties and strong emotions. Fatty Arbuckle appears as a race track official.


Three Ages


A Buster Keatan comady about love in three ages


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse  


Stars Rudolph Valentino, Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard in the biggest hit of 1921. The film also inspired a tango craze and such fashion fads as gaucho pants. It is  based on Vicente Blasco Ibáñez's novel "The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse"


The Joyless Street


A stinging indictment of the soullessness of Weimar-era Vienna. In the wake of World War I, the newly impoverished middle class becomes the prey of both black marketeers and the decadent upper classes. This whirlpool of economic ruin and moral decay is dramatized through the story of a middle-class family in decline.


The Cat and the Canary


Rich old Cyrus West's relatives are waiting for him to die so they can inherit. But he stipulates that his will be read 20 years after his death. On the appointed day his expectant heirs arrive at his brooding mansion. The will is read and it turns out that Annabelle West, the only heir who shares his name, inherits, if she is deemed sane.




Waxworks (German: Das Wachsfigurenkabinett) is a 1924 German silent fantasy-horror film directed by Paul Leni. The film is about a writer who accepts a job from a waxworks proprietor to write a series of stories about the exhibits of Caliph of Baghdad (Emil Jannings), Ivan the Terrible (Conrad Veidt) and Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss) in order to boost business.Although Waxworks is often credited as a horror film, it is an anthology film that goes through several genres including a fantasy adventure, a historical film, and a horror film through its various episodes. This film would be director Paul Leni's last film made in Germany before he went on to make The Cat and the Canary (1927) in the United States.


The Golem  


Director, writer, and actor Paul Wegener is credited with creating the first horror movie series, and historians consider THE GOLEM AND THE DANCER (his 1917 follow-up to the 1914 original) to be the first sequel in cinema history. Based on a legend in Jewish mysticism, in 16th-century Prague community leader and astrologer Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinrück) foresees doom for the Jews. When the emperor decrees a pogrom of the Jewish ghetto, Loew molds a forbidding clay golem (Wegener) to save his people. Loew invokes a demon spirit to retrieve a magic word that he places in an amulet on the creature's chest. Once the word is positioned, the giant wedge-haired automaton lives. Danger ensues


The Haxan


Based partly on Christensen's study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts .


Hearts in Exile  


American Silent film set in Russia, where a newly married woman's husband is sent to Siberia along wit one of her former suitors. She attempts to rescue her husband only to find that the former suitor has assumed his identity .


Le voyage dans la lune


A voyage to the moon.


Mud and Sand


'Mud and Sand' is a satire on the Rudolph Valentino Classic Blood and Sand.. Stan Laurel plays the Bullfighter (Rubharb Vaseline) who wants to make it to the top and win back the girl.


His Majesty The Scarecrow of Oz


A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera follows two farmers placing a Scarecrow upon a pole in a cornfield. Pon rescues a Kansas girl named Dorothy from the evil witch Mombi, whom Princess Gloria has been taken to by King Krewl to freeze her heart so she will no longer love Pon. An Indian princess has a ceremony to bring the Scarecrow to life.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  


A movie version of the Verne classic, feature the first underwater sequences ever shown in a feature film .


Outside the Law


Black Mike (Lon Chaney) is a despicable gangster who lures Molly (Priscilla Dean), the daughter of a San Francisco underworld leader, back to a life of crime. Mike frames Molly's father for murder and then plots to double-cross her as well. But Molly's hard heart is slowly melted by her gangster lover. The film ends with in a climactic shootout.


Poor Daddy


A 1929 B&W silent comedy from Shanghai, describing a vindictive funnyman's efforts to get back at his cheating wife, as aided by his smarter and more moralistic young son. B&W, Silent, with original Chinese and English intertitles.


Terror Island


Starring Harry Houdini . A man is held captive by island natives who

believe that his daughter has stolen a pearl belonging to their idol.


The Beggars of Life


After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to

escape the country with a young vagabond.

Louise Brooks .


Flesh and the Devil


Leo and Ulrich are life long friends. Home, on leave from their military training, Leo sees the beautiful Felicitas at the railroad station.
Starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lars Hanson, and Barbara Kent. Directed by Clarence Brown


Seventh Heaven  


A romance starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.


A girl in every port


Comedy starring Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong,

and Louise Brooks


The Poor little rich girl

Gwendolyn is an 11-year-old girl who is left by her rich and busy parents to the care of unsympathetic domestic workers at the family's mansion. Starring Mary Pickford .


The toll of the sea .


Starring  Anna May Wong and Kenneth Harlan. This was the

second color movie produced by Hollywood .

When young Chinese woman Lotus Flower sees an unconscious man floating in the water at the seashore, she quickly gets help for him. The man is Allen Carver, an American. Soon the two have fallen in love, and they get married "Chinese fashion". Carver promises to take her with him when he returns home. Lotus Flower's friends warn her that he will leave without her, and one states she has been forgotten by four American husbands, but she does not believe them. However, Carver's friends discourage him from fulfilling his promise, and he returns to the United States alone.




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