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Archive for December 18th, 2009

Here we are again, guys.  Another poll, and the biggest if not in terms of expected participation, then certainly in terms of anticipation from yours truly and with the longest countdown.

Put simply, this Silents poll is covering a far greater timespan than any other poll, incorporating the eligibility of any film, of whatever length, first shown prior to 1st January 1930.  The term Silents poll is a bit of a misnomer on two counts.  Firstly in that early talkies from 1927-1929 (The Jazz Singer, Applause, The Love Parade, to name three usual suspects) are eligible, while silent films released after 1929 aren’t (Earth, City Lights, Modern Times, The Goddess, I Was Born But…, etc were eligible for our first poll for the 1930s back in what already seems like the distant past).

The reason this poll is so looked forward to, however, is because it gives me the opportunity to don my missionary’s hat and point you in the direction of some masterworks from this embryonic era that you may not have heard of. 

As the countdown itself is raised to 100 entries, beginning tomorrow, it’s only fair the nearlies should double, too.  So here’s no 200 down to 101, including some just missing the cut that may surprise…but when have I disappointed on that score.  Prepare to have your Eyes opened.

200 The Life Story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918…Maurice Elvey)
199 Blind Husbands (US 1919…Erich Von Stroheim)
198 The White Hell of Pitz Palu (Germany 1929…Arnold Fanck, G.W.Pabst)
197 Les Mystères du Château du Dé (France 1929…Man Ray)
196 Aelita (USSR 1924…Yakov Protazanov)
195 Dynamite (US 1929…Cecil B.de Mille)
194 The Jazz Singer (US 1927…Alan Crosland)
193 Civilization (US 1916…Thomas H.Ince, Raymond B.West, Reginald Barker)
192 Alraune (Germany 1928…Henrik Galeen)
191 Heimkehr (Germany 1928…Joe May)
190 Applause (US 1929…Rouben Mamoulian)
189 Destiny (Germany 1921…Fritz Lang)
188 True Heart Susie (US 1919…D.W.Griffith)
187 The Seashell and the Clergyman (France 1928…Germaine Dulac)
186 Fièvre (France 1921…Louis Delluc)
185 The Three Must-Get-Theres (US 1922…Max Linder)
184 City Girl (silent version) (US 1929…Friedrich W.Murnau)
183 Ingeborg Holm (Sweden 1913…Victor Sjöstrom)
182 The Magician (US 1926…Rex Ingram)
181 The Smiling Madame Beudet (France 1923…Germaine Dulac)
180 The Chronicles of the Grey House (Germany 1925…Arthur Von Gerlach)
179 Ella Cinders (US 1926…Alfred E.Green)
178 La Glace à Trois Faces (France 1927…Jean Epstein)
177 Waxworks (Germany 1924…Paul Leni)
176 The Queen of Spades (Russia 1916…Yakov Protazanov)
175 La Terre (France 1921…André Antoine)
174 Sparrows (US 1926…William Beaudine)
173 La Femme et le Pantin (France 1928…Jacques de Baroncelli)
172 Daydreams (US 1922…Buster Keaton)
171 The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (USSR 1924…Lev Kuleshov)
170 Wings (US 1927…William A.Wellman)
169 The Cheat (US 1915…Cecil B.de Mille)
168 The Circus (US 1928…Charles Chaplin)
167 A Woman of Paris (US 1923…Charles Chaplin)
166 The Cat and the Canary (US 1927…Paul Leni)
165 El Dorado (France 1921…Marcel l’Herbier)
164 The End of St Petersburg (USSR 1927…Vsevelod I.Pudovkin)
163 The Girl With the Hatbox (USSR 1927…Boris Barnet)
162 The Manxman (UK 1929…Alfred Hitchcock)
161 Crainquebille (France 1922…Jacques Feyder)
160 The Scarlet Letter (US 1926…Victor Sjöstrom)
159 The Marriage Circle (US 1924…Ernst Lubitsch)
158 Exit Smiling (US 1926…Sam Taylor)
157 The Life and Death of 9713 a Hollywood Extra (US 1927…Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich)
156 L’Inhumaine (France 1924…Marcel l’Herbier)
155 The Cameraman’s Revenge (Russia 1912…Wladyslaw Starewicz)
154 Crossways (Japan 1928…Teinosuke Kinugasa)
153 Neighbors (US 1920…Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline)
152 Orphans of the Storm (US 1921…D.W.Griffith)
151 Erotikon (Sweden 1920…Mauritz Stlller)
150 The Beloved Rogue (US 1927…Alan Crosland)
149 The Late Mathias Pascal (France 1926…Marcel l’Herbier)
148 The Wonderful Life of Nina Petrowna (Germany 1929…Hanns Schwarz)
147 Kino Eye (USSR 1924…Dziga Vertov)
146 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (US 1927…Ernst Lubitsch)
145 L’Arrivée d’un train en Gare de la Ciotat (France 1895…Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière)
144 Noah’s Ark (US 1928…Michael Curtiz)
143 The Strong Man (US 1926…Frank Capra)
142 Tumbleweeds (US 1925…William S.Hart, King Baggott)
141 Male and Female (US 1919…Cecil B.de Mille)
140 The Great Train Robbery (US 1903…Edwin S.Porter)
139 King of Kings (US 1927…Cecil B.de Mille)
138 Le Voyage dans la Lune (France 1902…Georges Méliès)
137 The Iron Mask (US 1929…Allan Dwan)
136 The Garage (US 1919…Fatty Arbuckle)
135 The Dying Swan (Russia 1916…Evgenii Bauer)
134 Regeneration (US 1915…Raoul Walsh)
133 Cabiria (Italy 1914…Giovanni Pastrone)
132 Robin Hood (US 1922…Allan Dwan)
131 Flesh and the Devil (US 1926…Clarence Brown)
130 Nerven (Germany 1919…Robert Reinert)
129 Gertie the Dinosaur (US 1914…Winsor McCay)
128 Gösta Berlings Saga (Sweden 1924…Mauritz Stiller)
127 The Adventurer (US 1917…Charles Chaplin)
126 October (USSR 1928…Sergei M.Eisenstein)
125 Terje Vigen (Sweden 1917…Victor Sjöstrom)
124 The Navigator (US 1924…Buster Keaton, Donald Crisp)
123 Menilmontant (France 1926…Dimitri Kirsanov)
122 The Cure (US 1917…Charles Chaplin)
121 An Italian Straw Hat (France 1927…René Clair)
120 The Cameraman (US 1928…Edward Sedgwick)
119 The Iron Horse (US 1924…John Ford)
118 Peter Pan (US 1924…Herbert Brenon)
117 Nanook of the North (US 1922…Robert J.Flaherty)
116 Barbed Wire (US 1927…Rowland V.Lee)
115 The Black Pirate (US 1926…Albert Parker)
114 For Heaven’s Sake (US 1926…Sam Taylor)
113 Steamboat Willie (US…Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney)
112 One Week (US 1920…Buster Keaton)
111 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (US 1921…Rex Ingram)
110 The Unknown (US 1927…Tod Browning)
109 The Love Parade (US 1929…Ernst Lubitsch)
108 Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (Germany 1927…Walter Ruttmann)
107 Der Golem (Germany 1920…Paul Wegener, Carl Boese) 
106 Show People (US 1928…King Vidor)
105 Way Down East (US 1920…D.W.Griffith)
104 The Paleface (US 1922…Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline)
103 Broken Blossoms (US 1919…D.W.Griffith)
102 Storm Over Asia (USSR 1928…Vsevelod I.Pudovkin)
101 The Phantom of the Opera (US 1925…Rupert Julian, Edward Sedgwick, Lon Chaney)
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