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Starting with 1910 because movies before that were mostly short.


1910

The Usurer | D.W. Griffith
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This D.W. Griffith was a rather full affair. Most of the films this year are really dull, it struggles to find its feet or anything that can keep the plot going. Basically another film about poverty and pure greed. It all works out in the end for the good guys tho hoorah.

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Top 5 of 1910
1. The Unchanging Sea | D.W. Griffith ***
2. The House with Closed Shutters | D.W. Griffith **1/2
3. White Fawn’s Devotion | James Young Deer **1/2
4. Le vitrail diabolique | Georges Méliès **
5. The Usurer | D.W. Griffith **

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What Shall We Do with Our Old? | D.W. Griffith
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Not exactly a great way to start off but they can't all be winners. Back when D.W. Griffith was all about overdramatizing his pictures without truly crafting the cinematography or story.

A very basic tragedy about an old couple where the wife falls ill and the husband loses his job. Back when society I guess didn't take care for its old. Bad movie overall, doesn't offer anything new to the craft and is quite tedious.

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Top 5 of 1911
1. L’inferno | Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro ***1/2
2. Les aventures de baron de Munchhausen | Georges Méliès ***1/2
3. The Last Drop of Water | D.W. Griffith ***1/2
4. Little Nemo | Winsor McCay ***
5. The Lonedale Operator | D.W. Griffith ***

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In Nacht und Eis | Mime Misu
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Another rather tedious entry that isn't just boring to watch but also rather of bad taste, it was released only a few weeks after the sinking of the Titanic so you could say it was too soon, too soon. And there's no artistry, it looked uninspiring and basic. Just a bunch of people being on the Titanic and eventually dying. Hoorah.

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Top 5 of 1912
1. À la conquête du pôle | Georges Méliès ***1/2
2. The Land Beyond the Sunset | Harold M. Shaw ***1/2
3. Mest kinematograficheskogo operatora | Wladyslaw Starewicz **1/2
4. How a Mosquito Operates | Winsor McCay **1/2
5. The Musketeers of Pig Alley | D.W. Griffith **1/2

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Ingeborg Holm | Victor Sjöström
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At last, a film that was worth something. While yes, the story is overdramatized and perhaps a bit dull. The cinematography is very impressive for the time. Directed by one of Sweden's best directors, Sjöström, and one of the best silent film directors period. It follows the tragic life of a woman, Ingeborg Holm, that loses her husband to an illness and eventually has to give up her children as well due not having enough money. I bet these tragic tales were a reality of the time.

*** 1/2

Top 5 of 1913
1. The Mothering Heart | D.W. Griffith ****
2. Suspense. | Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber ***1/2
3. Ingeborg Holm | Victor Sjöström ***1/2
4. The Battle at Elderbush Gulch | D.W. Griffith ***
5. Fantômas – À l’ombre de la guillotine | Louis Feuillade **1/2

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1914

A Florida Enchantment | Sidney Drew
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An unfortunately bad film because I wanted it to be good, it's considered the first Lesbian film that Survives, about a lady who finds a potion that can turn women into strong acting males, and males the opposite. There's a lot of same-*** kissing between women in it, and naturally that comes with racism, sexism, and homophobia but what can you expect from an uninspired 1914s flick. But it was daring at the very least.

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Top 5 of 1914
1. Tillie’s Punctured Romance | Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett ***1/2
2. Cabiria | Giovanni Pastrone ***
3. Gertie the Dinosaur | Winsor McCay ***
4. Laughing Gas | Charles Chaplin ***
5. Kid Auto Races at Venice | Henry Lehrman ***

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The Italian | Reginald Barker
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By no means an excellent film, another rather basic film about poverty and the American dream of an Italian moving to America to provide a better life for his family, only for it to crumble. But what makes it memorable is George Beban's superb performance, one of the few truly memorable performances of the 1910s. And the cinematography is quite strong at times, capturing Beban's memorable performance.

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Top 5 of 1915
1. The Birth of a Nation | D.W. Griffith ****1/2
2. A Night in the Show | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
3. The Tramp | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
4. The Italian | Reginald Barker ***
5. The Champion | Charles Chaplin ***

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One A.M. | Charles Chaplin
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You absolutely can't get through the 1910s without a single Chaplin since he basically dominated most of the late 1910s. However, as far as his films go "One A.M." was rather soulless. Pure slapstick without a heart, a love interest or even an antagonist. It lacked what made his pictures into classics.

**1/2

Top 5 of 1916
1. Intolerance | D.W. Griffith ****
2. Behind the Screen | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
3. The Floorwalker | Charles Chaplin ***
4. The Pawnshop | Charles Chaplin ***
5. Fatty and Mabel Adrift | Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ***

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The Poor Little Rich Girl | Maurice Tourneur
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A wonderfully charming kids film about a mischievous rich girl that gets poisoned by the help because that was the norm back then I guess, and the poisoning causes her to visit her dreamland in a very Pan's Labyrinth kind of way. Obviously not as advanced, but they do a really nice job with her dreamworld and her having to chose between life and death. Despite the heavy subject matter, it's still rather light hearted and FUN which isn't that common in these 1910 flicks. Not quite a masterpiece but a delightful flick regardless.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1917
1. The Poor Little Rich Girl | Maurice Tourneur ***1/2
2. The Adventurer | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
3. Coney Island | Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ***1/2
4. The Little Princess | Marshall Neilan ***1/2
5. The Immigrant | Charles Chaplin ***

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1918

Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru | Victor Sjöström
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I wanted to like this more than I actually did, just because Sjöström has proven to be an excellent director and this is one of his most highly regarded films but it suffers from what other early 10s do, melodrama and not captivating enough to keep one interested for over an hour. However, the performances are pretty memorable as was the directing. Had a couple great waterfall shots.

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Top 5 of 1918
1. Ich möchte kein Mann sein | Ernst Lubitsch ****
2. A Dog’s Life | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
3. Shoulder Arms | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
4. The Bell Boy | Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ***1/2
5. Out West | Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ***

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1919

Male and Female | Cecil B. DeMille
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A bit of a slow burner at first, centered around a butler's love for a spoiled bratty dame (played by no one other than Gloria Swanson!). But everything changes once they're shipwrecked on a deserted Island and he quickly becomes the provider of the group.

Swanson's character learns what qualities are important in a person as she slowly (and predictably so) falls for the butler. While the story isn't anything special by any means, it's rather well done and hardly ever gets boring. The true stars of the film are the main leads, Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan. The highlight of the film was a flashback into their previous lives during Babylonian times in which Gloria's character sacrifices herself by entering a pit full of lions.

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Top 5 of 1919
2. Anders als die Andern | Richard Oswald ****
2. J’accuse! | Abel Gance ****
3. Die Puppe | Ernst Lubitsch ****
4. Back Stage | Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ***1/2
5. Male and Female | Cecil B. DeMille ***1/2

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Aaaand i'm done with the 1910s.

While probably my least favorite decade i'm doing, it's still very important for film history and where most of the film pioneers (other than Melies, Griffith and the Lumiere brothers) began making films.

My Top 20 of the 1910s
1. The Birth of a Nation | D.W. Griffith ****1/2 (1915)
2. Intolerance | D.W. Griffith **** (1916)
3. Anders als die Andern | Richard Oswald **** (1919)
4. J’accuse! | Abel Gance **** (1919)
5. Die Puppe | Ernst Lubitsch **** (1919)
6. Ich möchte kein Mann sein | Ernst Lubitsch **** (1918)
7. The Mothering Heart | D.W. Griffith **** (1913)
8. The Poor Little Rich Girl | Maurice Tourneur ***1/2 (1917)
9. The Adventurer | Charles Chaplin ***1/2 (1917)
10. Coney Island | Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle ***1/2 (1917)
11. A Dog’s Life | Charles Chaplin ***1/2 (1918)
12. Suspense. | Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber ***1/2 (1913)
13. Shoulder Arms | Charles Chaplin ***1/2 (1918)
14. Behind the Screen | Charles Chaplin ***1/2 (1916)
15. L’inferno | Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro ***1/2 (1911)
16. À la conquête du pôle | Georges Méliès ***1/2 (1912)
17. The Land Beyond the Sunset | Harold M. Shaw ***1/2 (1912)
18. A Night in the Show | Charles Chaplin ***1/2 (1915)
19. The Tramp | Charles Chaplin ***1/2 (1915)
20. Les aventures de baron de Munchhausen | Georges Méliès ***1/2 (1911)

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1920

The Penalty | Wallace Worsley
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A classic Lon Chaney horror, in which he plays a cripple that had his legs unnecessarily amputated as a child and lives his life as a miserable lonely man with a heart full of vengeance and evil. Lon Chaney's incredible performance carries the film on its, pardon my pun, two feet. It does fizzle out a bit towards the end as this tragic tale comes to a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion. A broken man is fixed and made good only to... spoiler alert... not have a happy ending.

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Top 5 of 1920
1. One Week | Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton ****
2. Way Down East | D.W. Griffith ****
3. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari | Robert Wiene ***1/2
4. The Penalty | Wallace Worsley ***
5. Der Golem | Carl Boese, Paul Wegener ***

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Tol’able David | Henry King
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A charming tragedy of a poor boy named David who loses his dog, father and brother to three criminals that are related to his sweetheart. While a slow burner and melodramatic at times, Richard Barthelmess is far too charming to not enjoy this flick. You really want him to succeed and really hate those baddies. The most memorable scene for me was when he was going to kill them and his mother begged him not to, in the mud, because she didn't want to lose her baby. That scene brought me to tears.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1921
1. Körkarlen | Victor Sjöström ****1/2
2. The Kid | Charles Chaplin ****1/2
3. Tol’able David | Henry King ***1/2
4. The Idle Class | Charles Chaplin ***1/2
5. The Haunted House | Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton ***1/2

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Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler | Fritz Lang
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Oef this was a tough one to finish. A four and a half Fritz Lang classic that is full of incredible mind-shattering shots, yes this is true. But the story just doesn't grab me like Metropolis or Die Niebelungen. It's soo long and I kept dozing off a couple times. And it's not the longest silent i've seen, that was Napoleon. Now that film had its faults as well but it was a whole lot more compelling overall. Maybe this crime/gambling thing just wasn't for me. But the film was exceptionally done, it is Fritz Lang after all.

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Top 5 of 1922
1. Häxan | Benjamin Christensen ****1/2
2. Nosferatu | F.W. Murnau ****
3. Manslaughter | Cecil B. DeMille ***1/2
4. Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler | Fritz Lang ***
5. Cops | Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton ***

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The Extra Girl | F. Richard Jones
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Comedies of the 1920s were still depressing and unglamorous, perhaps that's why I enjoy the 1920s so much. This tale is about a somewhat unattractive and completely clumsy girl that wants to make it in Hollywood (perhaps Mabel Normand's most memorable film). Naturally, all things go wrong and she leaves Hollywood but it's a happy ending nevertheless. My only real problem with the film was the scene with the Lion and the water hose, animal cruelty at Hollywood's finest. Other than that, it was a charming picture with the tragically forgotten Mabel who died far too young.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1923
1. Safety Last! | Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor *****
2. Our Hospitality | John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton ****
3. Three Ages | Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton ***1/2
4. The Extra Girl | F. Richard Jones ***1/2
5. The Pilgrim | Charles Chaplin ***

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Girl Shy | Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
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Never quite cared for Harold Lloyd the same way I cared for Buster Keaton or Charles Chaplin, perhaps because he didn't even direct his own stuff. But when it comes to stunts and suspense, he's way up there with Keaton. It's just story-wise, his films are lacking. Girl Shy is about a guy who stutters especially around pretty girls. The last part of the film is a stunt-appaloosa that baffles me how they even got away with so much craziness and no deaths. Seriously, it had all the stunts you could imagine and for that reason alone it's the second best film of his that i've seen so far.

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Top 5 of 1924
1. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache | Fritz Lang ****1/2
2. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried | Fritz Lang ****
3. Sherlock, Jr. | Buster Keaton ***1/2
4. Girl Shy | Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor ***1/2
5. Orlacs Hände | Robert Wiene ***1/2

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Top 5 of 1922
2. Nosferatu | F.W. Murnau ****


A movie I have seen :sarina:

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You haven't seen The Kid? Sarina! Did you enjoy Nosferatu at least?

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I have not seen The Kid.

And I love Nosferatu.

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This was a defining 20 seconds of my childhood:


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Ha, was that actually on the show?


1925

Go West | Buster Keaton
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Wasn't my initial pick but it was on Netflix SO WHY NOT. Three comedies in a row :3 I looove Buster Keaton, he was the master of comedy throughout the 20s. Yes, he even beats Chaplin for the 20s (The General > Gold Rush, sorry not sorry). Go West is an adorable western about Buster Keaton's love for a cow. The entire film is really about Keaton and the cow mutually protecting each other while Buster gets in trouble. It has the classic Buster stuff, the chases and slapstick. It's far and away one of his best but certainly worth a watch.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1925
1. Bronenosets Potyomkin | Sergei M. Eisenstein ****1/2
2. The Gold Rush | Charles Chaplin ****1/2
3. Seven Chances | Buster Keaton ****1/2
4. Stachka | Sergei M. Eisenstein ****
5. Go West | Buster Keaton ***1/2

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Yep, in an episode called "The Graveyard Shift", in the first season.

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Sparrows | William Beaudine, Tom McNamara
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A pleasant surprise and even though it's quite heavily Christian and perhaps marketed as a children's film, it's quite a fun spectacle that is GORGEOUSLY shot. Seriously, the lighting is incredible. I'm surprised that I haven't seen it being mentioned more often. It's about a poor orphan girl (played by Mary Pickford!) taking care of a pack of orphan children. She lives in the barn of a mean old man who kidnapped a baby and wants to throw her in quicksand. The second half of the film has the orphans run through the dangerous swamp, running from alligators and such. It's a great film that packs action, comedy, drama and all of the above.

****

Top 5 of 1926
1. The General | Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton ****1/2
2. Faust | F.W. Murnau ****
3. Sparrows | William Beaudine, Tom McNamara ****
4. Kurutta ippêji | Teinosuke Kinugasa ****
5. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed | Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch ***1/2

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7th Heaven | Frank Borzage
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1927 is easily the best year of the silent era, many classics came from it and 7th Heaven is a classic as well, earning Janet Gaynor the first ever Oscar for best actress and Frank Borzage for best Director. A tale of woe between a poor man who saves the life of a meek woman and slowly falls for her. Naturally, war tears them apart. It loses points for predictability and negative view on Atheism but it's a solid love story with strong performances. I'm just glad that it didn't win the first best picture Oscar.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1927
1. Metropolis | Fritz Lang *****
2. Wings | William A. Wellman ****1/2
3. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans | F.W. Murnau ****
4. Napoleon | Abel Gance ****
5. The Jazz Singer | Alan Crosland ****

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Lonesome | Pál Fejös
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A cute, simple romance about two lonesome people who meet a day out in Coney Island. It's mostly a silent but came out after sound was introduced so has a few scenes of dialogue, and those are the weakest moments of the film. The strength lied in the fantastic cinematography, the camera always flowed and had life. Unfortunately the story was rather basic and bored me at times.

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Top 5 of 1928
1. La passion de Jeanne d’Arc | Carl Theodor Dreyer *****
2. The Man Who Laughs | Paul Leni ****1/2
3. The Cameraman | Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton ****1/2
4. Oktyabr | Sergei M. Eisenstein ****
5. The Circus | Charles Chaplin ***1/2

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Asphalt | Joe May
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A gorgeous looking german expressionist film of the late silent era, very much a silent film noir about a police falling for a thief who tries to change for him but has a past that won't let her. Suffers from the 20s melodrama and cliched love story, but the gorgeous cinematography makes up for it at times. Else Heller is a less attractive Louise Brooks but she certainly has a strong screen presence and carries the film with her face.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1929
1. Die Büchse der Pandora | Georg Wilhelm Pabst *****
2. Tagebuch einer Verlorenen | Georg Wilhelm Pabst ****
3. Chelovek s kino-apparatom | Dziga Vertov ****
4. Un chien andalou | Luis Buñuel ***1/2
5. Asphalt | Joe May ***1/2

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And I sadly put the silent era behind me.

Tragic because the 1920s were the pioneer decade in film making, so much expression and camera movement and life... and then the talkies killed it. Who the **** wants to hear people talk amarite? I wish talkies had come around at least 5-10 years later but oh wells.

The roaring 20s were a decade of EXPRESSION. Gotta love 'em

My Top 30 of the 1920s
1. Metropolis | Fritz Lang ***** (1927)
2. Safety Last! | Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor ***** (1923)
3. Die Büchse der Pandora | Georg Wilhelm Pabst ***** (1929)
4. La passion de Jeanne d’Arc | Carl Theodor Dreyer ***** (1928)
5. The General | Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton ****1/2 (1926)
6. The Man Who Laughs | Paul Leni ****1/2 (1928)
7. Körkarlen | Victor Sjöström ****1/2 (1921)
8. Bronenosets Potyomkin | Sergei M. Eisenstein ****1/2 (1925)
9. Häxan | Benjamin Christensen ****1/2 (1922)
10. Wings | William A. Wellman ****1/2 (1927)
11. The Cameraman | Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton ****1/2 (1928)
12. The Gold Rush | Charles Chaplin ****1/2 (1925)
13. The Kid | Charles Chaplin ****1/2 (1921)
14. Seven Chances | Buster Keaton ****1/2 (1925)
15. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache | Fritz Lang ****1/2 (1924)
16. Faust | F.W. Murnau **** (1926)
17. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans | F.W. Murnau **** (1927)
18. Oktyabr | Sergei M. Eisenstein **** (1928)
19. One Week | Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton **** (1920)
20. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried | Fritz Lang **** (1924)
21. Sparrows | William Beaudine, Tom McNamara **** (1926)
22. Napoleon | Abel Gance **** (1927)
23. Kurutta ippêji | Teinosuke Kinugasa **** (1926)
24. Our Hospitality | John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton **** (1923)
25. Tagebuch einer Verlorenen | Georg Wilhelm Pabst **** (1929)
26. Nosferatu | F.W. Murnau **** (1922)
27. The Jazz Singer | Alan Crosland **** (1927)
28. Way Down East | D.W. Griffith **** (1920)
29. Stachka | Sergei M. Eisenstein **** (1925)
30. Chelovek s kino-apparatom | Dziga Vertov **** (1929)

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1930

Morocco | Josef von Sternberg
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A fairly strong and charming effort in times when talkies were on the way in and silents on the way out. With two of the early talkies legends Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper in an unusual Hollywood setting, Morocco during times that weren't entirely safe, about a love affair between a womanizer and a cabaret singer. The cinematography was good despite the restrictions of sound.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1930
1. All Quiet on the Western Front | Lewis Milestone *****
2. Hell’s Angels | Howard Hughes ****
3. Der blaue Engel | Josef von Sternberg ***1/2
4. Morocco | Josef von Sternberg ***1/2
5. L’age d’or | Luis Buñuel ***1/2

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Little Caesar | Mervyn LeRoy
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1931 is my favorite year of the 30s, it was all about the birth of monsters and mobsters. Little Caesar is one of the early popular gangster talkies and while I see why it brought so much popularity to the genre, I found it to be quite hit and miss. Overdramatic performances and a flat cinematography. Edward G. Robinson is a strong lead tho as the small misunderstood criminal.

**1/2

Top 5 of 1931
1. Frankenstein | James Whale *****
2. City Lights | Charles Chaplin *****
3. The Champ | King Vidor ****1/2
4. M | Fritz Lang ****1/2
5. Dracula | Tod Browning, Karl Freund ****

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Shanghai Express | Josef von Sternberg
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A pretty great film that made Marlene Dietrich an even bigger star as director Josef von Sternberg pretty much filmed her at her most baddest, sexiest role yet. Shanghai Express explores a lot of racist themes towards the Chinese and also stars one of the most successful Chinese actresses in Hollywood: Anna May Wong. Story is of passengers on their way to Shanghai during the civil war. Its gothic style and cinematography is what most attracted me, and how much of the film takes place on a train.

****

Top 5 of 1932
1. Freaks | Tod Browning ****
2. Le sang d’un poète | Jean Cocteau ****
3. Shanghai Express | Josef von Sternberg ****
4. ¡Que viva Mexico! | Sergei M. Eisenstein ***1/2
5. Vampyr | Carl Theodor Dreyer ***1/2

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Gold Diggers of 1933 | Mervyn LeRoy
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One of the most important musicals in cinematic history, but i'm not a huge fan of musicals to begin with. However, I have to applaud its visual style and production design, truly exceptional especially for its time. What hurts it for me is the basic Hollywood story of love, glamor, etc. It's about a rich theater musician who's fallen for a theater actress whose brother disapproves of and attempts to break them apart, only to mistaken the identity of the girl with another girl. It all comes with a happy ending for everyone so not much to see there, but again, it looked fantastic visually and I understand why it was triumphant. Certainly better than Oscar winner The Broadway Melody.

***1/2

Top 5 of 1933
1. Duck Soup | Leo McCarey ****1/2
2. King Kong | Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack ****
3. Lot in Sodom | James Sibley Watson ***1/2
4. Gold Diggers of 1933 | Mervyn LeRoy ***1/2
5. Zéro de conduite | Jean Vigo ***1/2

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