Comedy · Criterion Collection · Silent Film · United States

#615 The Gold Rush (1925)

#615 The Gold Rush 1925 // USA // Charles Chaplin Criterion Collection (LINK) Watching Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush with hundreds of audience in the theater is one of my greatest cinematic experience ever. But what intrigues me the most is the fact that I could hardly remember which version of The Gold Rush I have watched… Continue reading #615 The Gold Rush (1925)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Silent Film · Thriller

#885 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

#885 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927 // UK // Alfred Hitchcock Criterion Collection (LINK) The Lodger has been a fun and enthralling film to watch but not so much an exploratory film to be reviewed of since almost every scene has been thoroughly analysed by the critics in view of the recurring Hitchcockian elements… Continue reading #885 The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Avant-Garde · Brazil · Criterion Collection · Silent Film

#877 Limite (1931)

#877 Limite 1931 // Brazil // Mário Peixoto Criterion Collection (LINK) I was privileged to have the opportunity to watch the restored Limite several years ago at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. All I knew before stepping into the theater was that Limite is a silent Brazilian film, and it is a myth. Directed by Mário Peixoto, who… Continue reading #877 Limite (1931)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Germany · LGBT · Silent Film

#358 Pandora’s Box (1929)

#358 Pandora’s Box 1929 // Germany // Georg Wilhelm Pabst Criterion Collection (LINK) As film approached to the end of silent era in the late 20s, the Weimar cinema was transformed from the epoch of Expressionism into the movement of “New Objectivity”, which largely focused on social issues by employing realistic cinematic settings. Retrospectively, Austrian-born German director… Continue reading #358 Pandora’s Box (1929)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Silent Film · United States

#531 The Docks of New York (1928)

#531 The Docks of New York 1928 // USA // Josef von Sternberg   Criterion Collection (LINK) Despite Josef von Sternberg’s last silent entry The Case of Lena Smith was unfortunately lost, we could still observe a great deal of artistry and a summation of his all former silent works in The Docks of New York, his the last surviving silent film.… Continue reading #531 The Docks of New York (1928)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Silent Film · United States

#530 The Last Command (1928)

#530 The Last Command 1928 // USA // Josef von Sternberg Criterion Collection (LINK) Emil Jannings, a Swiss-born German actor, earned the first ever Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 with his performance in Josef von Sternberg directed silent film The Last Command. Long before working in Hollywood, “The Magic Empire of The Twentieth Century! The Mecca of the World!”… Continue reading #530 The Last Command (1928)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Silent Film · United States

#529 Underworld (1927)

#529 Underworld 1927 // USA // Josef von Sternberg Criterion Collection (LINK) The 1927 silent film Underworld was the first break-out hit from the Austria-born American film director Josef von Sternberg, who was more widely known for the seven sound-film collaborations with Marlene Dietrich in the 30s, in which Sternberg adopted a more sophisticated and stylistic aestheticism unfortunately overshadowed his early achievement in silent features. Underworld, a… Continue reading #529 Underworld (1927)