Here are the nominees for Best Picture of 1918! There were no Academy Awards back then, of course, but that won’t stop us from handing out our own digital statuettes.
I asked readers to submit their suggestions for feature-length (four reels or more) films and they came through. I narrowed the list down to pictures with a decent amount of support and was left with five:
The Eyes of the Mummy (Germany)
The Outlaw and His Wife (Sweden)
Stella Maris (USA)
The Whispering Chorus (USA)
1918 was pretty slim pickings, I have to admit. I mean, there are amazing 1918 films but not the banquets of delight that 1915, 1916 and the upcoming 1919 are. Choosing best picture of 1919 is going to be tough and I fully expect to be able to get a full tournament out of it. (I can think of three strong contenders from Lubitsch alone!) When I was reviewing 100-year-old pictures, I had to work a little harder to find films from 1917 and 1918 to cover. I blame the war.
The Outlaw and His Wife (Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru) was released either in very late 1917 or very early 1918 depending on who you believe. I decided to let it through as silent films have pretty inexact release dates. Plus, I am not in a position to be choosy.
In case there is a 1918 film that you really feel strongly about, I have also included a write-in slot but it is optional. Let’s see which picture wins the day!
If the survey isn’t loading for you, here is a direct link. Campaigning and rallying around your favorite is enthusiastically encouraged.
If you haven’t seen any of these films… well, please take this in the spirit of having received five enthusiastic recommendations and I hope you get a chance to enjoy them soon.
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