An exercise in imagination:
Hark! Your friendly local silent film venue has no idea what to play. They have called on you to come up with a program for the evening with a feature and some short subjects. The silent film community is relying on you!
So, here’s what you’ll need to do:
First, choose your theme for the evening and then…
Select Essential Films:
1 or 2 Silent Features
1 or 2 Silent Comedy Shorts
For Extra Credit:
1 Silent Non-Fiction Short
1 Silent Cartoon
Obviously, this is all for fun and there are no right or wrong answers. I look forward to reading everyone’s responses but in the meantime, here’s mine:
Theme: Orientalism in the Silent Era
Feature: The Sheik (1921) and Tales of the 1001 Nights (1921)
Comedy Shorts: The Shriek of Araby (1923) and His Uncle’s Wives (1913)
Non-Fiction: Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1896)
Cartoon: Mummy O’ Mine (1926, Mutt and Jeff)
Have fun, everybody!
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