Help Wanted: You Choose My Reviews

Every year, I like to hold a Reader Requests month during which I review films requested by my site’s readers. It’s that time of year again!

I will be reviewing these films in January but this will give me a generous head start, especially if I have to track down obscure stuff.

Here’s how it works:

Leave a comment with your requests. Silent films are, obviously, what I am after but also feel free to request sound movies set in the silent era and other silent-related material.

Feel free to second other requests.

Request as many (or as few) films as you like.

I think that’s about it. I will go through the requests and make four or five final selections and then we’re off to the races!

To help you out, here is the alphabetical index of films I have already reviewed.

I always enjoy these months because they send me off in directions I might never have gone otherwise and I discover films I might have overlooked. It’s very educating and helpful and I truly appreciate your assistance.

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36 Replies to “Help Wanted: You Choose My Reviews”

  1. Hi Fritzi. I would love to read your thoughts on Shooting Stars (1928). This is one of my favourite Silent films, and I think it is also one of the best films about making films ever made. It’s great fun.

  2. So much is written about ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Seventh Heaven,’ how about Janet Gaynor’s other Oscar film, ‘Street Angel’? (I love them all.)

  3. I would love for you to review California Straight Ahead (1925) with Reginald Denny and Gertrude Olmstead! Denny is wonderful and charming as always. 🙂

  4. More documentaries and newsreels, please! I spun fortune’s wheel on these requests and both times it came up “Reviewer’s Choice.” 🙂

  5. I’d love you to cover a weird silent movie, such as L’Inhumaine (1924), Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922), Un Chien Andalou (1929), Dementia (1955), Brand Upon The Brain! (2006), Dog Star Man (1964), Metropolis (1927), Blancanieves (2012), Woos Whoopee (1928), Nosferatu (1922), A Page Of Madness (1926), and The Hands Of Orlac (1924). The world needs more weirdness to go around; otherwise, it will sadly become boring and conformist. Keep up the good work in exploring unique movies!

  6. Hi Fritzi,

    My request is not so much a specific film but a genre. I love film noir and there are some silent films that would qualify as pre-Noir. This might delve into German, Japanese and possibly English films. The great thing about your reviews is you have introduced me to some great films I had never heard of. So, instead of suggesting titles my hope would be to draw upon your expertise for films that I do not know. Thanks, Matthew

    1. Seconded!

      Come to think of it. any film directed by my dear friend’s dad, Wallace Worsley, makes my wish list (along with the aforementioned docs and newsreels from my previous comment).

  7. I will second anything with Asta Nielsen, and The Hunchback.
    I’ll add some comedies, in no particular order.
    Fluttering Hearts (1927)
    Just Imagination (1916) None other then Musty Suffer, himself!
    What Happened to Rosa
    Now You Tell One (1926)
    The Detectress (1919)
    Rowdy Ann (1918)

  8. Hi Frirtzi, I would love to see your review of The Headless Horseman (1922) and The Iron Horse (1924).

  9. Two suggestions, both with a few possible levels of generality:

    Ruan Lingyu / Chinese silents / silents of 1930s.

    Victor Sjöström / Golden Age of Swedish/Scandinavian cinema.

  10. How about a Chinese silent film? I’ve never seen one, and know next to nothing about them, other than that there are some. So I’m curious!

    Also, I’ll second The Call of Cthulhu.

    1. I also know very little of Chinese silents, but last year BFI released “The Goddess” (by Yonggang Wu, starring Ruan Lingyu) on DVD, which unfortunately seems to be restricted to region 2.

      For me this was the most awaited DVD release of 2017.

      1. Dear Overseas Visitor: I found vast resources opened when I bought, at a reasonable price, a Blu-ray/DVD player and had it opened up to all region DVD (not so easy re Blu-ray regions, though). In Australia Panasonic agents will do this if the Panasonic player is brand new and you have a receipt. While you wait service in my case.
        (Pardon my hitchhiking on your blog, Fritzi)

  11. Hi,
    I would like to see you review one of the following please?
    Au Bonheur des Dames, Lucky Star, A Throw of Dice and I Was Born, but…(Japan). whatever you choose I’m always happy.
    Thanks.

  12. “Der müde Tod”/”Destiny” by Fritz Lang. One of the first silents I saw from him.

  13. Arsenal (1928): made in Ukrain, about the war of independence, directed by Alexander Dovzhenko, and things get wild at a party with an accordion in a train. It’s just my cup of tea!
    Thanks!
    Le

  14. I would enjoy reading your thoughts about any or all of the following: The King of Kings, Haxan or Witchcraft through the Ages, Where East is East, Erotikon (1929), The Call of Cthulhu, Evangeline, Moulin Rouge (1929), Piccadilly. For Piccadilly, it might also be interesting to review the different musical tracks currently available, as the most recent one, shown by Turner Classic Movies, is very controversial. Personally I prefer an earlier one, even though it’s pieced together from previously recorded music.

  15. “Crac” by Frédéric Back (it’s a short animated movie made in the 1980s, but I think it qualifies as a silent movie, there are sound effects and no real dialogue). I watched it not long ago and thought you might like it.
    Also, I’d love to read your review of “Desert Nights”, with John Gilbert, and “The Queen of Spades”, with Ivan Mosjoukine.

  16. My choice is L’argent (1928), a great film of the late silent period directed by Marcel L’Herbier and featuring some very fluid camera work.

  17. I just remembered a suggestion (or two)

    ‘The Sentimental Bloke’ which appears to be available via Amazon US
    Summary: https://aso.gov.au/titles/features/sentimental-bloke/notes/
    DVD All Region

    And ‘The Kid Stakes’ which is a little more difficult to find, but a recent DVD or Blu-ray via National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia.
    Summary: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/kid-stakes
    Blu-ray All Region

    Both as Australian as a mug of billy tea, both very good and possibly a widening of horizons for your review filmography.

  18. I just finished watching The Kiss, so I would like your thoughts on that film. I’m also surprised you haven’t reviewed He Who Gets Slapped.

  19. Hello !

    As your website is an incredible source of information and knowledge about silent movies (and thanks a lot for that, because they’re usually forgotten now and that’s a shame), I’d love to read your feelings about “Broken Blossoms” (1919), directed by D.W. Griffith, with Lillian Gish, Donald Crisp and Richard Barthelmess.

    It is one of my favorite silent movies and, in my opinion, it represents the poetry of silent movies perfectly.

    Also, I think about the beautiful “The Last Laugh”, directed in 1924 by F.W. Murnau. An incredible movie with no intertitle.

    “Sherlock Junior”, with the great Buster Keaton, directed in 1924, may also deserve a review.

    Eventually, there is also “Underworld”, directed in 1927 by Joseph von Sternberg, a silent gangster movie which foreshadows early talkies with Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, or Howard Hawks’ Scarface.

    Cheers !

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