I am working on a project (honestly, when am I NOT working on a project?) and I want to include a list of essential silent films. As the list should reflect more universal taste and because I will just put down a bunch of Ivan Mosjoukine films if left to my own devices, I am asking for your help.
Which silent films do you consider to be absolutely essential? Leave a comment below (for the sake of brevity, please limit the list to ten or fewer titles) and I will start compiling!
These aren’t necessarily the best silent films or your favorite silent films, they are the titles that you think will give a newcomer the best well-rounded viewing experience. I know the limit is hard but please take it as a challenge.
Feel free to list fewer than ten, if you like. Heck, if you only want to list one, that’s fine by me. Modern silents are fine as well. Outside-the-box choices are welcome and encouraged, though some classics are classics for a reason. There are no wrong answers, this is all a matter of your opinion. If you need some inspiration, here is Silent Era’s Top 100 and 50 Great Films listed in Classics of the Silent Screen.
If you prefer more privacy, you can submit up to ten titles with this survey but remember that publishing your list in the comments may inspire others, give them ideas or let them second your choices.
I look forward to seeing which titles you choose!
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