A little while ago, I asked my readers to submit their favorite essential silent films, I then followed up by asking my readers to choose their favorite movie out of the top ten most-recommended films on the list. The results are in!
And the winner is…
Yes, F.W. Murnau’s classic romance (and possibly among the first Oscar bait films made before the Oscars were the Oscars) still has a warm place in many hearts. Congratulations!
This was not entirely unexpected since Sunrise was also the film that was the most-recommended in the lists people submitted.
Here is the complete breakdown:
Comedy did very, very well, which is also not surprising. I was a little surprised to see Safety Last end up so far down the list, though.
Fortunately, all of these films except The Wind and Pandora’s Box have been released on Bluray (Napoleon is a UK release so check your region before purchasing) so you are in a great position to judge for yourselves and see if you agree.
The final rankings, along with links for more information and where to obtain copies, are listed below for your convenience. All DVDs/Blurays are region 1/A unless otherwise noted. If there are multiple editions of the film available, I have linked to the version that I consider to be the best IN-PRINT version in my region. (No, I do not want to argue about progressive scan.)
It makes a huge difference. Evidence:
Anyway, here they are, from top vote-getters to last place. But, corny though it is, it really is an honor to be nominated because it means modern silent movie fans still know and love these pictures.
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