My Favorite Films from 1920 to 1929 in chronological order

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1.
Klostret i Sendomir (1920)
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Two weary travelers come upon a monastery. While staying the night, they learn of its mysterious founding. (54 mins.)
 
2.
The Golem (1920)
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (91 mins.)
 
3.
Way Down East (1920)
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A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock. (145 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
4.
The Soul of Youth (1920)
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The story of an orphan boy who, due to the cruelty of others, is drawn into a life of sin on the streets prior to the redemption of a caring foster family. (60 mins.)
 
5.
One Week (1920 Short Film)
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A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering. (25 mins.)
 
6.
Neighbors (1920 Short Film)
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A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together despite of their feuding families. (18 mins.)
 
7.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
8.
The Garage (1920 Short Film)
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Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire. (25 mins.)
 
9.
The Kid (1921)
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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
10.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
11.
The Ace of Hearts (1921)
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A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination. (75 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
12.
The Idle Class (1921 Short Film)
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A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband. (32 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
13.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (100 mins.)
 
14.
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
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Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way. (150 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
15.
Tol'able David (1921)
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When three thuggish men are responsible for the death of his father and the crippling of his brother, young David must choose between supporting his family or risking his life and exacting vengeance. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
16.
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
17.
The Paleface (1922 Short Film)
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Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons. (20 mins.)
 
18.
Pay Day (1922 Short Film)
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After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing. (21 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
19.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
20.
The Frozen North (1922 Short Film)
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Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama. (17 mins.)
 
21.
Robin Hood (1922)
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A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John. (143 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
22.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
23.
Our Hospitality (1923)
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A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. (65 mins.)
 
24.
The Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop (1923 Short Film)
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Karl Valentin plays a journeyman in a barber shop who prefers to stay in bed than to take care of his (already heavily bearded) customers... (32 mins.)
 
25.
Safety Last! (1923)
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When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. (70 mins.)
 
26.
Crainquebille (1922)
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A poor vegetable peddler in Paris runs afoul of the law and finds himself ground up in the cogs of the corrupt French judicial system. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
27.
The Faithful Heart (1923)
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Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
28.
The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)
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One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage... (54 mins.)
Director: Germaine Dulac
 
29.
Greed (1924)
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The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
 
30.
Girl Shy (1924)
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A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend. (87 mins.)
 
31.
The Last Laugh (1924)
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An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
32.
The Frogs Who Wanted a King (1922 Short Film)
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The frogs are bored with their lot, and ask God to give them a king - but God, irritated with their inability to govern themselves, quickly makes them change their minds. (9 mins.)
 
33.
The Saga of Gösta Berling (1924)
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Gösta Berling is a young and attractive minister. Because he is an alcoholic and his preaches are far too daring... (183 mins.)
Director: Mauritz Stiller
 
34.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
35.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
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Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
36.
The Gold Rush (1925)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
37.
Variety (1925)
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Prologue: The murderer "Boss" Huller - after having spent ten years in prison - breaks his silence to tell the warden his story... (72 mins.)
 
38.
Seven Chances (1925)
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A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7 p.m. that same day. (56 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
39.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
40.
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
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A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved. (120 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
41.
Chess Fever (1925 Short Film)
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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game... (28 mins.)
 
42.
Ménilmontant (1926 Short Film)
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways. (38 mins.)
 
43.
Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925 Short Film)
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A black and white short film which documents a trip through Paris by train. (8 mins.)
Director: Henri Chomette
 
44.
Sparrows (1926)
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Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of. (110 mins.)
 
45.
Faces of Children (1925)
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A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage... (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
46.
Master of the House (1925)
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When a man becomes tyrannical towards his family, the women of the house decide to teach him a lesson in gratitude. (111 mins.)
 
47.
The Temptress (1926)
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An architect tries suppressing his passion for a seductive woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
48.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
 
49.
A Page of Madness (1926)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
50.
Faust (1926)
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
51.
Mother (1926)
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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
 
52.
Now You Tell One (1926 Short Film)
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The Liars Club is holding their contest to see who can tell the most unbelievable story, with a gold medallion waiting to be awarded to the winner... (20 mins.)
 
53.
Flesh and the Devil (1926)
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Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved. (112 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
54.
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
55.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
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A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
56.
The Kid Brother (1927)
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A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town. (82 mins.)
Director: Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe
 
57.
Wings (1927)
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. (144 mins.)
 
58.
Eve's Love Letters (1927 Short Film)
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A young wife is contacted by a former boyfriend, who informs her that he has a collection of her love... (22 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
59.
The Unknown (1927)
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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. (63 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
60.
Underworld (1927)
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Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend. (80 mins.)
 
61.
Sunrise (1927)
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An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
62.
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
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A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this "Viennese fairy tale." (106 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
63.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
64.
The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
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A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader... (85 mins.)
 
65.
The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)
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In the Crimea, the Reds and the Whites aren't done fighting, and Jeanne discovers that the man she loves is a Bolshevik (when he kills her father)... (104 mins.)
 
66.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
67.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 Short Film)
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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher... (13 mins.)
 
68.
The Starfish (1928 Short Film)
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Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses... (21 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
69.
The Circus (1928)
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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. (72 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
70.
The Last Command (1928)
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A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary. (88 mins.)
 
71.
The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928 Short Film)
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Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism. (28 mins.)
Director: Germaine Dulac
 
72.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
73.
The Crowd (1928)
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The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls. (98 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
74.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
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Allan visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline, slowly leading to her death. (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
75.
Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928 Short Film)
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Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine. (6 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
76.
The Wedding March (1928)
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A young impoverished aristocrat falls in love with an inn-keepers daughter, but has to marry money. (113 mins.)
 
77.
The Horse Ate the Hat (1928)
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On his way through the woods to his marriage, Fadinard's horse eats the hat of a married lady spending here a few moments with her lover... (60 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
78.
The Mysterious Lady (1928)
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An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
79.
Storm Over Asia (1928)
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In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him... (127 mins.)
 
80.
The Docks of New York (1928)
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A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
 
81.
L'argent (1928)
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The business tycoon Nicolas Saccard is nearly ruined by his rival Gunderman, when he tries to raise capital for his company... (195 mins.)
 
82.
The Wind (1928)
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A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
83.
Queen Kelly (1929)
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A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa. (101 mins.)
 
84.
Wrong Again (1929 Short Film)
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Among the horses stable hands Stanley and Oliver are tending is a thoroughbred named "Blue Boy." But... (20 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
85.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
86.
Piccadilly (1929)
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A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder. (92 mins.)
 
87.
The Skeleton Dance (1929 Short Film)
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The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit. (6 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
88.
Pandora's Box (1929)
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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
 
89.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
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Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
90.
Escape from Dartmoor (1929)
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Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant... (88 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
91.
Asphalt (1929)
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Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German... (90 mins.)
Director: Joe May
 
92.
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
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After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a scrict girls' reform school. (104 mins.)
 
93.
Blackmail (1929)
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After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing. (85 mins.)
 
94.
Applause (1929)
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A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager. (80 mins.)
 
95.
Nogent, Eldorado du dimanche (1929 Documentary)
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(20 mins.)