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Shouldn't Be Missed Silents in November??


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Purely personal preferences, but I wouldn't miss these for the world:

 

November 3rd (The best night by far)

Poor Little Rich Girl

It

Sadie Thompson

Pandora' Box (If you only watch one, this should be it; Louise Brooks is beyond superlatives)

Way Down East

 

November 10th

The Big Parade

He Who Gets Slapped

 

November 17th

Sunrise

The Rag Man

 

November 24th

The Freshman

 

 

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They've chosen from the best of the silents, so you can't go wrong with most any of them, including the regular Sunday night offerings.  If it proves to be too much to take it all in, don't worry, the titles show up over time on TCM, so if you miss any, you will likely have a chance to see it within a year, or at most two.  But if I had to make a short list, I'd say:

 

Poor Little Rich Girl (Mary Pickford)

Pandora's Box (Louise Brooks)

Show People (Marion Davies)

The Thief of Bagdad (Douglas Fairbanks)

The Big Parade (John Gilbert)

Sunrise (Janet Gaynor)

and any of the comedies with Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, or Arbuckle

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Pandora's Box, Way Down East, and Sunrise are all excellent films. Show People is very good, too- but those, along with Thief of Baghdad, The Big Parade, Ben-Hur, and several others get shown fairly frequently, it seems.

 

I'm most looking forward to The Wildcat on the 3rd, because I like Ernst Lubitsch and have never seen one of his silent films; and The Last Command on the 17th.

 

Ooh, and don't miss Putting Pants on Phillip on the 24th. It's a hoot.

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They've scheduled SEVEN CHANCES (1925), a great Buster Keaton film that boasts a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by Jean Arthur. But if you're unfamiliar with the work of 'The Great Stone Face', the best offering TCM has this month is Keaton's masterpiece SHERLOCK, JR. (1924), airing next Sunday, November 9.

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If someone will post a full list I'll make some recommendations.

 

Of the ones already mentioned, I'd call these absolute must-sees:

 

Pandora's Box 

 

Sunrise

 

The Thief of Bagdad 

 

The Freshman

 

Sherlock Jr -- Watch whatever Keaton and Lloyd you can. While I'm as a big a Buster fan as you'll ever meet (I think he's the greatest filmmaker -- not greatest comic filmmaker, greatest filmmaker, period -- who ever lived) IMHO the famous rockslide climax of Seven Chances is overrated. The first half of the film is funny though.

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Here's the list that TopBilled posted over in the Star of the Month forum.

 

http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/50050-silent-stars-sotm-november-2014/

 

Monday November 3

THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917)..Mary Pickford

IT (1927)..Clara Bow

SADIE THOMPSON (1928)..Gloria Swanson

THE WILDCAT (1921)..Pola Negri

PANDORA'S BOX (1928)..Louise Brooks

WAY DOWN EAST (1920)..Lillian Gish

 

Tuesday November 4

SHOW PEOPLE (1928)..Marion Davies

TORRENT (1926)..Greta Garbo

CAMILLE (1921)..Nazimova

 

Monday November 10

THE SHEIK (1921)..Rudolph Valentino

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)..Douglas Fairbanks

THE BIG PARADE (1925)..John Gilbert

BEN-HUR (1925)..Ramon Novarro

HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924)..Lon Chaney

 

Tuesday November 11

THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (1926)..Ronald Colman

 

Monday November 17

THE LAST COMMAND (1928)..Emil Jannings

SUNRISE (1927)..Janet Gaynor

THE RAG MAN (1925)..Jackie Coogan

CAPTAIN JANUARY (1924)..Irene Rich

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (2010)..Baby Peggy

KIKI (1926)..Norma Talmadge

HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE (1924)..Constance Talmadge

 

Monday November 24

A DOG'S LIFE (1918)..Charlie Chaplin

SEVEN CHANCES (1925)..Buster Keaton

THE FRESHMAN (1925)..Harold Lloyd

CHARLEY MY BOY! (1926)..Charley Chase

FATTY AND MABEL ADRIFT (1917)..Fatty Arbuckle

PUTTING PANTS ON PHILLIP (1927)..Stan Laurel

FAST COMPANY (1924)..Del Henderson

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These are the ones I've seen. My Draconian list of must-sees are in bold. That doesn't mean the others aren't good or even great. If you're a newb to silents you should try to see as many as you can.


 


 


IT (1927)..Clara Bow


SADIE THOMPSON (1928)..Gloria Swanson


PANDORA'S BOX (1928)..Louise Brooks


WAY DOWN EAST (1920)..Lillian Gish


 


Tuesday November 4


SHOW PEOPLE (1928)..Marion Davies


 


Monday November 10


THE SHEIK (1921)..Rudolph Valentino


THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)..Douglas Fairbanks


THE BIG PARADE (1925)..John Gilbert


BEN-HUR (1925)..Ramon Novarro


HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924)..Lon Chaney


 


Tuesday November 11


THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (1926)..Ronald Colman


 


Monday November 17


THE LAST COMMAND (1928)..Emil Jannings


SUNRISE (1927)..Janet Gaynor


 


Monday November 24


A DOG'S LIFE (1918)..Charlie Chaplin


SEVEN CHANCES (1925)..Buster Keaton


THE FRESHMAN (1925)..Harold Lloyd


PUTTING PANTS ON PHILLIP (1927)..Stan Laurel


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I love silent comedy, especially Keaton. His movies seem to go beyond regular slapstick, turning your every-day sight gag into a cinematic spectacle of epic proportions (Those words don't seem too big, do they? Nah.) No one ever improved on him in the stunt-man genre of film-making, either, as his films had some of the most harrowing moments and brutal pratfalls. It seemed that he had a super-human durability- he took abuse that is usually reserved for dummies.

 

Seven Chances is a pretty good example of this, but I think it's one of his least funny films in the first half. The second half is all chase scene. My favorite film of his is probably Our Hospitality.

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Not particularly crazy about slapstick.  Should I still seek out the comedy silents??

 

This won't be shown until Oscar Month (Saturday, 2/21), but IMO this is the greatest Harold Lloyd of them all:

 

6:15 AM Speedy (1928)  

In this silent film, a young man helps his girlfriend save the family trolley business.

Dir: Ted Wilde Cast:  Harold Lloyd , Ann Christy , Bert Woodruff .

BW-86 mins,

 

The highlight is a mapcap scene where Lloyd takes Babe Ruth through Manhattan and to Yankee Stadium, nearly making the poor Bambino die of fright in the process.  Here's that clip:

 

 

 

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One of Keaton's most remarkable films -- if not for technical innovations, rather as a showcase of Buster's longevity -- is 'The Railrodder', a 1965 short film produced by the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. Simultaneous to the production of that film, Keaton participated in the riveting NFB documentary 'Buster Keaton Rides Again', which I believe was narrated by Orson Welles.

 

For those interested in taking a look at 'The Railrodder', here's a link to the official video from the National Film Board YouTube channel:

 

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Not particularly crazy about slapstick.  Should I still seek out the comedy silents??

 

Lydecker

 

Physical comedy is not necessarily slapstick.  The comedy in these films can, and often is, clever, and subtle.  Also, watch how the way the camera frames the action contributes to the comedy.

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