1921-1936-Silent Film Journal

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1.
The Wildcat (1921)
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A charismatic lieutenant newly assigned to a remote fort is captured by a group of mountain bandits, thus setting in motion a madcap farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained. (79 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
2.
People on Sunday (1930)
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Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang... (73 mins.)
 
3.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
4.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
5.
Woman in the Moon (1929)
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A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there. (156 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
6.
City Lights (1931)
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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
7.
The New Babylon (1929)
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In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established in 1871 against the rich and the powerful... (120 mins.)
 
8.
The Kiss (1929)
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An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
9.
The River (1928)
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A naïve young man is working on a logging camp beside a turbulent river. When it closes for winter, he opts to stay for the experience... (84 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
10.
Lucky Star (1929)
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Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe... (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
11.
Alles dreht sich, alles bewegt sich (1929 Documentary)
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A short film which consists of a collage of images at a Berlin street carnival. (3 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
15.
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)
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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of... (142 mins.)
 
16.
Race Symphony (1928 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
Inflation (1928 Documentary)
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Inflation explores the subject of money through photographs and with with stop motion animation techniques, adding faces of people impoverished and enriched by the unpredictability of finance. (8 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
20.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
21.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
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The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew. (70 mins.)
 
22.
Street Angel (1928)
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A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
23.
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
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
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The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
26.
Warning Shadows (1923)
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During a dinner, given by a wealthy baron and his wive, attended by four of her suitors in a 19th century German manor... (90 mins.)
Director: Arthur Robison
 
27.
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him. (242 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
28.
7th Heaven (1927)
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A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
29.
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927 Documentary)
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Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village. (69 mins.)
Stars: Kru, Chantui, Nah, Ladah
 
30.
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
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927 Documentary)
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In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The last emperor in the long line is czar Nicholas II... (90 mins.)
Director: Esfir Shub
 
33.
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
 
34.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
35.
Go West (1925)
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With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast. (68 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
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.
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
 
38.
Entr'acte (1924 Short Film)
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An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear. (22 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
39.
The Navigator (1924)
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Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. (59 mins.)
 
40.
Destiny (1921)
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When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate. (114 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
41.
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
 
42.
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)
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A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. (78 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
43.
Three Ages (1923)
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The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods. (63 mins.)
 
44.
Rhythmus 21 (1923 Short Film)
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Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side... (3 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
45.
The Love Nest (1923 Short Film)
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In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain. (20 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
46.
The Pilgrim (1923)
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The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church. (47 mins.)
 
47.
The Balloonatic (1923 Short Film)
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A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament. (22 mins.)
 
48.
Daydreams (1922 Short Film)
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A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart. (23 mins.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
The Electric House (1922 Short Film)
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After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house. (23 mins.)
 
51.
The Blacksmith (1922 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results. (21 mins.)
 
52.
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.)
 
53.
Cops (1922 Short Film)
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A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force. (18 mins.)
 
54.
The Paleface (1922 Short Film)
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Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons. (20 mins.)
 
55.
The Boat (1921 Short Film)
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Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another. (23 mins.)
 
56.
The Goat (1921 Short Film)
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A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy. (23 mins.)
 
57.
The 'High Sign' (1921 Short Film)
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A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang. (20 mins.)
 
58.
Lichtspiel Opus 1. (1921 Short Film)
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Against a dark background, several bright, curved or rounded shapes pulse towards the center of the screen... (13 mins.)
 
59.
Hard Luck (1921 Short Film)
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Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life. (22 mins.)
 
60.
The Haunted House (1921 Short Film)
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A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout. (21 mins.)
 
61.
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
 
62.
Manhatta (1921 Documentary)
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This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors. (11 mins.)
 
63.
A Bronx Morning (1931 Documentary)
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Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses. (11 mins.)
Director: Jay Leyda
 
64.
Filmstudie (1926 Short Film)
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Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads. (7 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
65.
Zweigroschenzauber (1929 Short Film)
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An abstract short film from Hans Richter in which a series of unrelated images are edited together. (2 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
66.
Opus III (1924 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Ruttmann
 
67.
Opus II (1921 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Ruttmann
 
68.
Opus IV (1925 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Ruttmann
 
69.
Happiness (1935)
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A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse... (95 mins.)
 
70.
Modern Times (1936)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
71.
Ballet mécanique (1924 Short Film)
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A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles... (19 mins.)
 
72.
Symphonie diaganale (1924 Short Film)
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A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition... (7 mins.)
Director: Viking Eggeling
 
73.
Kino-pravda no. 9 (1922 Short Film)
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(12 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
74.
Kino-pravda no. 8 (1922 Short Film)
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(13 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
75.
Kino-pravda no. 7 (1922 Short Film)
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A series of newsreel films from Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova, and Mikhail Kaufman which document Russian Life in the early 1920s. (11 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
76.
Kino-pravda no. 5 (1922 Short Film)
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A series of newsreel films from Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova, and Mikhail Kaufman which document Russian Life in the early 1920s. (7 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
77.
Kino-pravda no. 1 (1922 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A series of newsreel films from Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova, and Mikhail Kaufman which document Russian Life in the early 1920s. (10 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
78.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
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Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
79.
The Eleventh Year (1928 Documentary)
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This documentary film is showing the hard labor of countrymen in industrial production to strengthen the U.S.S.R. economy and turning their country into a world power. (52 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
80.
Impatience (1928 Short Film)
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(36 mins.)
 
81.
Earth (1930)
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In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. (75 mins.)
 
82.
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. (93 mins.)
 
83.
The Case of Lena Smith (1929)
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In late 19th century Vienna, Lena Smith, a naive peasant girl from Hungary, has a child by a corrupt young cavalry officer... (80 mins.)
 
84.
A Sailor-Made Man (1921)
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An idle, wealthy playboy foolishly joins the Navy when the father of the girl he wants to marry tells him to get a job to prove himself worthy. (47 mins.)
Director: Fred Newmeyer
 
85.
Accuracy First (1928 Documentary)
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A training film stressing accuracy for Western Union's keyboard operators, who were mostly women. (5 mins.)
 
86.
Among Those Present (1921 Short Film)
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An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman. (34 mins.)
Director: Fred Newmeyer
 
87.
Arsenal (1929)
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Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev... (90 mins.)
 
88.
Barbed Wire (1927)
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During WWI, a French farm girl and a German P.O.W. fall in love. (67 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
89.
Battling Butler (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves. (77 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
90.
Camille (1926 Short Film)
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A home movie version of the Dumas play: a young woman becomes a courtesan and tragedy befalls her. (33 mins.)
 
91.
College (1927)
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To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete. (66 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
92.
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.)
 
93.
Dnevnik Glumova (1923 Short Film)
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Filmic insert to Eisenstein's modernized, free adaptation of Ostrovskiy's 19th-century Russian stage play... (5 mins.)
 
94.
Dr. Jack (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr... (59 mins.)
Director: Fred Newmeyer
 
95.
Emak-Bakia (1927 Short Film)
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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard... (18 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
96.
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
 
97.
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
 
98.
For Heaven's Sake (1926)
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An irresponsible young millionaire changes his tune when he falls for the daughter of a downtown minister. (58 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor
 
99.
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.)
 
100.
Foolish Wives (1922)
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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. (117 mins.)