Last week, we talked about silent movie disappointments, films that we hoped would be good but turned out to be awful or at least meh. This time, we’re going in the opposite direction.
Has there been a silent movie that just didn’t look interesting? Or had a cast or crew that failed to excite you? Or you heard it was dreadful and not to bother?
But then you ran out of other silent films. Or someone frog marched you off to see it. Or it was sandwiched between two films you really wanted to see on television or at a film festival. Or a strange urge just came over you.
And then you finally watched that movie and… wow! It was good!
For me, I had that experience with The Wishing Ring. I find Maurice Tourneur’s films to often be beautiful bores and only watched this 1914 feature because another film on my schedule fell through. And was I ever glad I took the plunge! Instead of dull and dry, the film was fast-paced, funny and cute. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Your turn! Which silent films did you expect to dislike but ended up enjoying? Of course, this is all a matter of opinion and there are no wrong answers.
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