While awareness of silent cinema is on the rise thanks to the internet, misinformation is spread as well. There are still people who think silent films were all weird melodramas and Keystone Cops with not much in between.
We’ve talked before about silent movies that are good for newcomers but today I want to hear about the silent movie that you use to give people an absolute shock. “They made movies like THAT back then?”
Or what about the bold social films of Lois Weber, who tackled topics ranging from birth control to underpaid educators? Or the race films of Oscar Micheaux? And then we have torn-from-the-headlines films like the comedy Nick Winter and the Theft of the Mona Lisa.
There are no wrong answers, of course, I just want to hear about silent movies that veer off in unexpected directions.
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