100 Silent Films

100 Silent Films

Paperback BFI Screen Guides (Paperback)

By (author) Bryony Dixon

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  • Publisher: BFI PUBLISHING
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 123mm x 168mm x 20mm | 371g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844573087
  • ISBN 13: 9781844573080
  • Illustrations note: 35 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 451,562

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i"?100 Silent Films provides an authoritative and accessible history of silent cinema through one hundred of its most interesting and significant films. As Bryony Dixon contends, silent cinema is not a genre; it is the first 35 years of film history, a complex negotiation between art and commerce and a union of creativity and technology. At its most grand - on the big screen with a full orchestral accompaniment - it is magnificent, permitting a depth of emotional engagement rarely found in other fields of cinema. Silent film was hugely popular in its day, and its success enabled the development of large-scale film production in the United States and Europe. It was the start of our fascination with the moving image as a disseminator of information and as mass entertainment with its consequent celebrity culture. The digital revolution in the last few years and the restoration and reissue of archival treasures have contributed to a huge resurgence of interest in silent cinema. Bryony Dixon's illuminating guide introduces a wide range of films of the silent period (1895-1930), including classics such as The Birth of a Nation (1915), The General (1926), Metropolis (1927), Sunrise (1927) and Pandora's Box (1928), alongside more unexpected choices, and represents major genres and directors of the period - Griffith, Keaton, Chaplin, Murnau, Sjostrom, Dovzhenko and Eisenstein - together with an introductory overview and useful filmographic and bibliographic information.

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BRYONY DIXON is a curator at the BFI National Archive responsible for the collections of silent film. She has researched and written on many aspects of early and silent film and co-directs the annual British Silent Film Festival as well as programming for a variety of film festivals and events worldwide.

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'This is no bluffer's guide. The enjoyment of silent cinema is Dixon's priority. As Dixon says when discussing Hell's Hinges (1916):"Nearly everything in current cinema can be traced back to the silent era." And that's why this guide is so valuable - anyone interested in how cinema became what it is today will find many of the answers here, both in Bryony Dixon's illuminating book and the films you will rush to watch the minute you put it down.' - Silent London 'David Thomson is arguably the doyen of "film list" authors and Dixon shares both his rare ability to justify a choice with a single cinematic trump card and his lucid prose style - her description of Dziga Vertov's radical montage as "visual Esperanto" is inspired. She captures some of silent cinema's most sublime moments - Charlie Chaplin mournfully eating his shoelaces in The Gold Rush (1925) or the woodland chase in People on Sunday (1930) - with an infectious joy.' - Lucian Robinson, The Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction The Adventures of Dollie, D. W. Griffith, 1908 Alfred Butterworth & Sons, Leaving the Works, Glebe Mills, Hollinford, 1901, Mitchell and Kenyon, 1901 Alice in Wonderland, Percy Snow, 1903 Ballet Mecanique, 1924 The Battle of the Somme, 1916 The Battles of the Coronel and Falkland Islands, Walter Summers, 1928 The Battleship Potemkin/Bronenosets Potyomkin, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925 Beggars of Life, William Wellman, 1928 Berlin, Symphony of a City, Walter Ruttmann, 1927 The Big Swallow, James Williamson, 1901 The Birth of a Flower, F. Percy Smith, 1910 The Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith, 1915 Blackmail, Alfred Hitchcock, 1929 Body and Soul, Oscar Micheaux, 1925 The Cabinet of Dr Caligari/Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1919 Cabiria, Giovanne Pastrone, 1914 The Cameraman's Revenge/Mest' kinematograficeskogo operatora, Ladislas Starewicz, 1912 Casanova, Alexandre Volkoff, 1928 The Cheat, Cecil B. DeMille, 1916 Un chien andalou, Luis Bunuel, 1928 A Cottage on Dartmoor, Anthony Asquith, 1929 Daybreak/Tianming, Sun Yu, 1933 The Derby, Topical Film Company, 1913 Les Deux Timides, Rene Clair, 1928 Douro, faina fluvial/Labour on the Douro River, Manoel de Oliveira, 1931 Drifters, John Grierson, 1929 Earth/Zemlya, Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930 En Dirigeable sur les Champs de Bataille, Lucien Le Sainte, 1918 The Fall of the House of Usher/La chute de la maison Usher, Jean Epstein, 1928 Finis Terrae, Jean Epstein, 1928 Flesh and the Devil, Clarence Brown, 1926 The General, Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, 1926 The Gold Rush, Charles Chaplin, 1925 The Golem, How He Came into the World/Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam, Paul Wegener, Carl Boese, 1920 Gosta Berlings Saga, Mauritz Stiller, 1924 The Great Train Robbery, Edwin S. Porter, 1903 The Great White Silence, Herbert Ponting, 1924 Greed, Erich von Stroheim, 1925 Heart of the World, Guy Maddin, 2000 Hell's Hinges, Charles Swickard, 1916 Hotes de l'air, Oliver Pike, 1910 How a Mosquito Operates, Winsor McCay, 1912 L'Inferno, Giuseppe Beradi, Arturo Busnego, 1911 The Informer, Arthur Robison, 1929 It, Clarence Badger, 1927 I Was Born, But..., Yasujiro Ozu, 1932 Japonaiserie, Gaston Velle, 1904 The Kid, Charles Chaplin, 1921 Lenin Kino-Pravda No. 21/Leninskaia Kino Pravda, Dziga Vertov, 1925 Liberty, Leo McCarey, 1929 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock, 1926 The Lure of Crooning Water, A. H. Rooke, 1920 Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1928 Manhatta, Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand, 1921 La Mariee du chateau maudit, Albert Capellani, 1910 The Marriage Circle, Ernst Lubitsch, 1926 Metropolis, Fritz Lang, 1927 Monte Cristo, Henri Fescourt, 1929 Nanook of the North: A Story of Life and Love in the Actual Arctic, Robert J. Flaherty, 1922 Napoleon, Abel Gance, 1927 The Nibelungen Saga/Die Nibelungen Saga, Fritz Lang, 1924 Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors/Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens, F. W. Murnau, 1922 The Oyster Princess, Ernst Lubitsch, 1919 Page of Madness/Kurutta Ippeiji, Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926 Pandora's Box/Die Buchse der Pandora, G. W. Pabst, 1928 Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un bateau, Auguste and Louie Lumiere, 1896 Paris qui dort, Rene Clair, 1923 Le Passion de Jeanne d'Arc/The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928 People on Sunday/Menschen am Sontag, Robert Siodmak, Edgar Ulmer, Rochus Gleise, 1929 The Perils of Pauline, Louis Gasnier, Donald Mackenzie, 1914 The Phantom Carriage/Korkarlen, Victor Sjostrom, 1921 Policeman/Keisatsukan, Tomu Uchida, 1933 Poor Little Rich Girl, Maurice Tourneur, 1917 Premier Prix de Violoncello, Pathe Freres, 1907 The Queen of Spades, Yakov Protazanov, 1916 Rain/Regen, Joris Ivens, M.H.K. Franken, 1929 The Last Night/Revoutionshochzeit, A. W. Sandberg, 1928 Safety Last!, Fred Newmeyer/Sam Taylor, 1923 The Scarecrow, Buster Keaton/Eddie Kline,1920 Sex in Chains/Geschecht in Fesseln, Wilhelm Dieterle, 1928 La Souriante Madame Beudet/The Smiling Madame Beudet, Germaine Dulac, 1922 The Son of the Sheik, George Fitzmaurice, 1926 The Spirit of his Forefathers, British Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1898 Stage Struck, Allan Dwan, 1925 Strike/Stachka, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925 The Student of Prague, Stellan Rye, 1913 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, F. W. Murnau, 1927 Suspense, Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley, 1913 The Talisman/Pied de Mouton, 1907 The Thief of Bagdad, Raoul Walsh, 1924 The Three-Must-Get-Theres, Max Linder, 1922 Tol'able David, Henry King, 1921 Underworld, Josef von Sternberg, 1928 The Unknown, Todd Browning, 1927 Les Vampires, Louis Feuillade, 1915 Voyage a travers l'impossible/The Impossible Voyage, Georges Melies, 1904 Way Down East, D.W. Griffith, 1920 The White Slave Trade/Den Hvide Slavehandel, Auguste Blom, 1910 The Wind, Victor Sjostrom, 1928 Witchcraft Through the Ages/Haxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922 Bibliography Index