The Story of Film: An Odyssey (1918-1928)

A selection of films from the documentary series.
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1.
Blind Husbands (1919)
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An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife. (99 mins.)
Director: Erich Stroheim
 
2.
The President (1919)
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The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child... (75 mins.)
 
3.
The Oyster Princess (1919)
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An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince. (58 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Haunted Spooks (1920 Short Film)
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After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking... (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.
Never Weaken (1921 Short Film)
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Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss... (19 mins.)
Director: Fred Newmeyer
 
11.
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
 
12.
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.)
 
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.
Souls on the Road (1921)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Minoru Murata
 
16.
The Victor (1921 Short Film)
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An animated short film from Russian artist Walter Ruttmann. (3 mins.)
Director: Walter Ruttmann
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Three Ages (1923)
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The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods. (63 mins.)
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
The Wheel (1923)
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Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from... (273 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
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A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los... (111 mins.)
 
27.
The Marriage Circle (1924)
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Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte... (85 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
28.
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
 
29.
Kino-pravda no. 19 - Chernoe more - Ledovityi okean - Moskva (1924 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. (16 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
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
 
32.
Stage Struck (1925)
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A young woman dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend starts to flirt with an actual actress, she becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival. (70 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Nothing But Time (1926 Documentary)
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The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was). (45 mins.)
“ Date on Wikipedia says 1926. ” - cameron-askin
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
39.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
40.
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
 
41.
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
 
42.
Xixiang ji (1927)
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A famous Chinese story about a young couple who consummate their marriage without the approval of their parents. (49 mins.)
Director: Minwei Li, Hou Yao
 
43.
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
 
44.
The Telltale Heart (1928 Short Film)
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An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown. (24 mins.)
 
45.
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
 
46.
Plane Crazy (1928 Short Film)
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Inspired by Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris, Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip involving some necking, though Minnie objects to the necking. (6 mins.)
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
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
 
49.
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