12 Genres, 24 Must-See Silent Movies

To celebrate the second annual Silent Movie Day, I’ve put together a list of 24 silent movies from 12 different genres that showcase the variety of films produced in the heyday of silent cinema (roughly between 1895 and 1930). Click on a favorite genre below to jump straight to two silent films that are bound to pique your interest.…

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A Trip to Salt Lake City (1905) Review

The earliest films relied heavily on other entertainment mediums such as vaudeville, theater, books, and newspapers to create short narratives for audiences. Comedy especially relied on jokes that were prevalent in late 19th and early 20th-century culture. For example, one of the earliest Lumiere films The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) was lifted from a popular illustrated cartoon of the day.…

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1898: Trailblazing Brits and the Brighton School

Beginning in May 2020, I sought to deepen my knowledge of the silent era by starting the European Silent Cinema Project. For the project, I review two European silent films each year starting in 1895 and ending in 1930. For a comprehensive list of films and reviews visit the project’s main page here.

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