Which Silent Films Are You Finally Going to See in 2018?

Since we’re almost through January, I thought this would be a good time to discuss your silent movie plans for the year. In short, which silent films are you finally going to see this year?

My for-sure must-see is Lois Weber’s Shoes, which is making its debut on DVD and Bluray. I have been eagerly anticipating this release.

What about you? Are you finally going to see an anticipated film on home video? Are you going to catch an old favorite on the big screen for the first time? Let me know! Maybe you’ll help someone else fill out their to-watch list.

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30 Replies to “Which Silent Films Are You Finally Going to See in 2018?”

  1. BIG SCREEN TIME! FIRST VIEWING TIME! This coming Sunday I will be attending Silent Revue to catch The Golden Clown (1926). Opening Night of the Toronto Silent Film Festival is Hamlet (1921). I hope to fit in Battle of the Somme (1916), and The Strong Man (1926), which I haven’t seen since I was a teenager. Those are for starters! (Pardon the exclamation points. I’m excited.)

  2. The WC Fields silents IT’S THE OLD ARMY GAME and RUNNING WILD and the epic WesternTHE COVERED WAGON, all coming out on Blu-ray this spring. Also, even though I’ve owned a copy since December 2016, I need to watch all of Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON in one sitting in 2018.

  3. Whoops forgot the DVD programme built around ‘Kidnapped’ produced by some new entrepreneur somewhere in America.

  4. Partner and I are very happily going to all four days of the San Fran Silent Film Festival, May 31-June 3. Haven’t been for several years now, so am utterly thrilled! Film lineup will be TBD until March, but who cares? Live accompaniment for all the films, plus love The Castro, both theatre and neighborhood 😀

  5. The first silent film I saw in 2018 was The Dumb Girl of Portici. Although it’s official release on DVD/Blu-Ray is next month. I was able to buy it early from Milestone Films early because they offered it first to their email subscribers, which I am of them.

  6. I am going to try and get either “Lilac Time” or “Her Wild Oat” screened in my area. I have not seen either, and I want to see the restored versions; preferably on 35mm.

  7. I have never seen THE COVERED WAGON (1923) on the big screen before, so my colleague and I programmed Paramount’s new digital preservation for our Silent Treatment screening this Saturday at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.

  8. There are some German Expressionist films coming on DVD for the first time in here – I have my eyes on them! And I also plan to watch some more of Asta Nielsen and Alla Nazimova 😉

  9. This year I shall buy a machine capable of playing blurays from all regions. Then I shall start with “Lonesome” and “Beggars of Life”.

  10. Based on positive reviews from this very website, I look forward to getting ahold of Asphalt.

    And based on the slide(?) that you have to illustrate this page, maybe a future topic to cover would be what did the pre-precode movie going public regard as “unclean” filmmaking? Although I am sure there were intentional independent movies aiming for the gutter, they wouldn’t have been pictures that a respectable movie house would have shown under any circumstances. In the 1910’s what was regarded as unclean/risque/not safe for women and children?

    1. That’s a pretty big topic and the simple answer is that it depended on the region and the censor board. Something approved in New York may not have flown in Chicago. I highly recommend Brownlow’s Behind the Mask of Innocence for more on the topic.

      1. It definitely must be a bigger topic than I figured… Behind the Mask is apparently a fully researched book of 579 pages. Fortunately it is available at the Clearwater Florida library, so a film education is soon to begin. All the same, I always kind of thought that movies made before the pre code era were usually going to be safe for all audiences, Brute Island being a notable exception:-)

  11. I just ordered “Kafka Goes to the Movies”. It has been released by Edition Filmmuseum and you need a dvd player that is a multi zone player. Kafka is my favorite author and this release contains films that he saw and talked about in his writings.

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