The 20's Watch List

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1.
Leaves From Satan's Book (1920)
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In 4 episodic tales of human suffering; the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918, Satan attempts to win God's favor. (167 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
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.
The Parson's Widow (1920)
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A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him... (71 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
4.
The Penalty (1920)
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A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs. (90 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
5.
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
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)
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After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck-- but in doing so, causes himself the worst luck imaginable. (62 mins.)
Director: Max Linder
 
8.
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
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
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A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
13.
The Iron Horse (1924)
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After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway. (150 mins.)
 
14.
Kino Eye (1924 Documentary)
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This documentary promoting the joys of life in a Soviet village centers around the activities of the Young Pioneers... (78 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
15.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
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After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party... (129 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
16.
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
 
17.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (155 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
18.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
21.
The Prey of the Wind (1927)
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(90 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Cameraman (1928)
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Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
25.
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
 
26.
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
 
27.
The Masks of the Devil (1928)
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Baron Reiner, a charming though unscrupulous Viennese aristocrat, becomes infatuated with Virginia,... (80 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Two Timid Souls (1928)
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Garadoux has beaten his wife. His lawyer Fremissin is young and very shy, and therefore, not very efficient... (87 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
30.
Zvenigora (1928)
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(109 mins.)
 
31.
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.)