There are maybe five or six silent films that are famous enough to be mentioned by Jane Q. Public. Metropolis, Battleship Potemkin, things like that. The list of “essential” silents– the films most silent film fans have heard about– is longer but there is still a long tail of obscure pictures that need advocates to get the word out.
Let’s play advocate! Share some silent film titles that you feel deserve to be on that list of essentials. Happy, sad, silly, serious, any genre and any period. (Modern too, if you like.)
Of course, obscurity is relative and so is taste. There are no wrong answers; if it’s obscure in your neck of the woods and you like it, please share. I’m sure everyone else will be very happy to get some new entries for the old to-watch list. (Sharpens pencil.)
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