1920-1929


Another 'masterpiece' about which much is written, but which few have seen as the director originally intended.

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Sergei Eisenstein's first feature film, with a grim ending. Not for those of a weak political disposition.

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No, not the one with Sabu!

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Truncated versions once available on Youtube can't now be found, and the only DVD for sale costs £31 and is only Region 1!

A delightful comedy full of felicitous visual and verbal gags (not bad for a silent movie).

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If you like Laurel and Hardy, you'll remember Mae Busch as a regular in their short movies. She had a career outside slapstick, though, and this film is an example of what she could do in serious dramas...when Erich Von Stroheim wasn't hogging the screen!

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The 1001 Movies list is set out in chronological order, starting from 1902 (that's seven years after the first public screenings of movies, by the Lumière Brothers: odd that nothing by them or Edison was regarded as sufficiently significant to merit inclusion). For some reason, I chose to start instead with this Denmark/Sweden film about witchcraft...

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The story of Dracula, though names have been changed to protect the innocent. I feel obliged to use the word 'iconic' about this film, but it's rather overused.

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Reputedly, the first feature length documentary.

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This was the first movie where I noticed something odd about running times. 1001 Movies and IMDB has it at 54m. The only version I can find on Youtube is about 38m but it seems complete.

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Fritz Lang's 4+hour epic about a criminal mastermind is just too indigestible.

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D.W. Griffith's French Revolution epic. Very watchable romance, if somewhat crude politically.

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