Silent Film Twitter was recently in a tizzy (I was as tizzed as anyone) about an article that suggested most of the best silent films survive so why shed tears for lost films? This is, of course, all kinds of weird (I would have thought the recovery of lost films would be the least controversial topic for this prickly fandom) but it did give me an idea for an absolutely evil and ruthless poll.
Sight & Sound polled critics to create a definitive list of the 50 greatest films of all time. Y’all know how I feel about this (it’s impossible) but let’s use it as a jumping off point. The list has a mere seven silent films, zero pre-1920s (boo!) so we’re going to play a little game.
You have to get rid of one. You can only keep six. Which one gets the old heave-ho?
Obviously, I am not advocating for any film to be lost. This is just a sadistic bit of what-if to see which films are most beloved by readers of this site. It also illustrates a point about the tragedy of lost films. Please take it with a grain of salt (preferably some nice French grey salt).
Also, please, please, please let’s all resolve to watch more pre-1920 films. I am so tired of seeing brilliant material being ignored because of its age.
(Oh, and here’s an archived link to the original article.)
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