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)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Silent Film

#62 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

#62 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 // France // Carl Th. Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) If I have to choose one face to embody the word”cinema”, that would be the poignant face of French actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti in the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Falconetti, a stage actress hired by the Danish auteur Carl Theodor… Continue reading #62 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Denmark · Drama · Silent Film

#706 Master of the House (1925)

#706 Master of the House 1925 // Denmark // Carl Th. Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer, best remembered for the masterpieces namely The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932) and Ordet (1955), had begun working in film industry ever since the early 1910s. Master of the House, Dreyer’s earliest work that is included in… Continue reading #706 Master of the House (1925)