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1922

 

Nosferatu

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IMDB 7.9

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Rotten Tomatoes 97% 

 

"One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu's eerie, gothic feel -- and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire -- set the template for the horror films that followed" critical Consensus RT

 

"There is pure expressionist inspiration in Murnau's juxtaposition of the malign wolves and the terrified old women: a poetry of fear." - Peter Bradshaw

 

Fun Fact: The movie was banned in Sweden due to excessive horror. The ban would not be lifted until 1972

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I had given up on this actually happening, but I'm glad it is. Looking forward to this, especially once we get to 1930 for the films I have seen and voted for.

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1923

 

Safety Last

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Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor

Letterboxd 4.0m

Rotten Tomatoes 97%

IMDB 8.1

 

RT Conesus “Persuasive enough to give audiences acrophobia when they aren't laughing at Harold Lloyd's antics, Safety Last! is a marvel of visual effects and slapstick comedy.”

The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!” - Roger Ebert

 

fun fact

Thought Harold Llyod’s character is credited as the “The boy” his paycheck says “Harold Llyod”

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1924

 

Sherlock Jr

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Directed by Buster Keaton

Letterboxd 4.3

IMDB 8.2

Rotten Tomatoes 92%

 

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fun fact

“ Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too. “ David Kehr

Trivia Sherlock Jr’s assistant, Gillette, is named after William Gillette the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes on stage

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1925

 

Battleship Potemkin

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Director Sergei Eisenstein 

 

Letterboxd 3.9/5

IMDB 8/10

Rotten tomatoes 100%

 

RT consensus “A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.”

 

“Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark/milestone status.” Phillip French

 

 

fun fact

The step sequence in this film inspired the steps shootout scene in the Untouchables

 

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1926

 

The General

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Director Buster Keaton

 

Letterboxd 4.1/5

IMDB 8.2 (181 on the top 250)

Rotten Tomatoes 92%

 

“ Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.” RT consesus 

 

critic review 

“In these times when all risk is assumed by CGI effects, Keaton's squealing funny, exquisitely timed, death-defying leaps are all the more breathtaking.” Katie Muir

 

Fun fact

The pistol Johnnie uses near the end of the film to arrest the Yankee officer in the cab of the General is a Colt revolver from the 1870s.

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1927

 

Metropolis

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Director Fritz Lang

 

Letterboxd 4.2 (183 on top 25)

IMDB 8.3 (115 on top 250)

Rotten Tomatoes 97%

 

RT Consensus

A visually awe-inspiring science fiction classic from the silent era

 

Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning.” Jami Bernard

 

Fun fact

Film included more than 37,000 extras including 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald men, 750 children and 310 days of shooting

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1928

 

Passion of the Joan of Arc

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Director Carl Theodor Dreyer

 

Letterboxd  ( 34 on top 250)

Imdb 8.2 (207 on the top 250)

Rotten Tomatoes  98%

 

RT consensus

The Passion of Joan of Arc is must-see cinema for Renée Maria Falconetti's incredible performance alone -- and an all-time classic for innumerable other reasons.

 

critic review

“The film makes for an intimately unsettling watch, as Dreyer's style of shooting (harsh angles to go along with all those up-close-and-personal visages) traps the viewer as much as the players.” Matt Brunson

 

Fun fact

Voted as the ninth greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics' poll. 

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1929

 

Man with the Movie Camera

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Director: Dziga Vertov

 

Letterboxd 4.2

IMDB 8.4

Rotten Tomotoes 

 

RT concensus 

Groundbreaking in its exploration of the medium, Man with a Movie Camera is proof that cinema in and of itself can be a source of grand entertainment and sociological value

 

critic review 

 

"This is an exuberant manifesto that celebrates the infinite possibilities of what cinema can be." Jonathan Romney 

Fun Fact 

Although this film was well-received abroad, its style caused considerable controversy in the Soviet Union under Iosif Stalin's increasingly repressive rule. Even director Dziga Vertov's colleague Sergei Eisenstein accused him of indulging in "unmotivated camera mischief". Vertov enjoyed a few more years of relative creative freedom before the government banished him to anonymously editing newsreels.

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1930

 

All Quiet on the Western Front

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Director: Lewis Milestone

 

Letterboxd 4.0

IMDB 8.1

Rotten Tomatoes 98%

Won 2 Oscars and 2 Oscar Nominations

Won Best Picture and Director

Nominations Writing and Cinematography

 

RT consensus

“Director Lewis Milestone's brilliant anti-war polemic, headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres, lays bare the tragic foolishness at the heart of war.”

 

critic review 

“All Quiet on the Western Front will grip you and leave an indelible mark upon your soul.” Ella McCormick

 

Fun Fact

Made for the then considerable sum of $1.25 million. The fact that production began only a few months after the 1929 stock-market crash puts into perspective the enormous gamble taken by Universal Pictures in making this film.

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Most of the 1920s were my #1s. although I have a feeling a lot of people didn't submit 1920s movies.

 

Please watch Before Sunrise (1927), it's pretty great as is King of Kings (1927) and Faust (1926).

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On 5/1/2022 at 11:30 PM, Kalo said:

Most of the 1920s were my #1s. although I have a feeling a lot of people didn't submit 1920s movies.

 

Please watch Before Sunrise (1927), it's pretty great as is King of Kings (1927) and Faust (1926).

 

I'd add  The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)  Greed (1924)  & The Gold Rush (1925)

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1931

 

M

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Director M

Letterboxd 4.3 108/250

IMDB 8.3/10 (96/250

Rotten Tomotoes 100%

 

Consesus 

A landmark psychological thriller with arresting images, deep thoughts on modern society, and Peter Lorre in his finest performance

 

"Lang's movie is that rare thing, a nail-biting soul-searcher. While M steers clear of analyzing deviance, it is startling in its musings on which punishment fits an inhuman crime."  Carrie Ricky

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1932

 

Freaks

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Directer Tod Browning 

 

Letterboxd 3.9

IMDB 7.9

Rotten Tomotoes 95%

 

consesus: "Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed"

 

critic review 

"One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression" Tom Hoddleston

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1933

Duck Soup

 

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Director Leo McCary 

 

Letterboxd 3.9

IMDB 7.8

Rotten Tomotoes 91%

 

Consesus 

"Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies"

 

Critic review

"Genius just about covers it." Tom Huddleston 

 

 

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1934

It Happened One Night

 

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Director Frank Carpa

 

Letterboxd 4.1

IMDB 8.1

Rotten Tomotes 99% 

 

Consesus "Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired"

 

"It Happened One Night is one of the most entertaining films I have seen. Its entertainment value is entirely due to good acting and good directing, particularly to the latter."  John Betjemen 

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1935

The Bride of Frankenstien 

 

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Director James Whales

 

Letterboxd 4.0

IMDB 7.8

Rotten Tomotes 98%

 

Consesus "An eccentric, campy, technically impressive, and frightening picture, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein has aged remarkably well"

 

1 oscar nomaintion (sound recording) 

 

Critic 

"Whale's erudite genius brings it all together. He sculpts every nuance of self-parody, social satire, horror, humour, wit and whimsy into a dazzling whole, keeping every one of his fantastical plates spinning until the tragic, inevitable finale." Simon Brraud

 

1936

 

Modern Times 

 

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Direcor Charlie Champlin 

 

Letterboxd 4,.2 (135/250)

IMDB 8.5  (45/250)

Rotten Tomotoes 98%

 

Consesus "A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious." 

 

critic 

"It's the greatest comedy - and funniest movie - of all time. ... But, as with most of Chaplin's other films, it'll also make you cry your eyes out." Cameron Meier

 

1937

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

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Director David Hann

 

Letterboxd 3.5

IMDB 7.6

Rotten Tomtotes 98% 

 

Consesus "With its involving story and characters, vibrant art, and memorable songs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set the animation standard for decades to come." 

 

1 Oscar nomination Best Musuc

1 honrary Oscar for Walt Disney 

 

Crtiic 

"The film is as charming as it is novel in conception and execution and it is so bound to appeal as strongly to grown-ups as to youngsters." Kate Cameron 

 

1938

Bring Up Baby 

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Director Howard Hanks 

 

Letterboxd 3.9

IMDB 7.8

Rotten Tomotoes 94%

 

Consesus "With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal" 

 

Critic "It is, to put it bluntly, the perfect screwball comedy, a rapid-fire barrage of ludicrous mayhem whose absurdity only gets funnier as it goes along, thanks in huge part to the game dedication of its cast." Mathew Lucas

 

1939

Wizard of Oz

 

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Director Victor Fleming 

 

Letterboxd 4.0

IMDB 4.1 (220/250)

Rotten Tomotes 98%

 

Consesus

An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and ol

 

2 Oscars (Original Song and Orignial Score) 3 Oscar Nomination (Picture, Art Direction, Special Effects

 

Critic 

"The Wizard of Oz has been filmed with imagination. It has warmth and understanding of child psychology; it has gentle humor and a sturdy philosophical undercurrent. [It is] a rare and distinguished film that should capture the hearts of all ages." Mildred Martin 

 

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