Which 1918 Film Deserves Best Picture? Vote Now!

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)

Mickey (USA)

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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18 Replies to “Which 1918 Film Deserves Best Picture? Vote Now!”

  1. I tried to write my answer in, but it won’t let me because it says question 1 is mandatory 🙁

    Anyway, I have seen very, very little of 1918. My favorite 1918 film is Shoulder Arms. I know it’s a short, but I’ll love it forever. It’s funny, and its portrayal of German soldiers as “merely” bumbling rather than evil is a major improvement over other films of the time.

    1. I went ahead and changed the survey so that it allows write-ins without voting on the first question.

      I forgot to add (it was in the previous post) that we’re doing features with four reels or more this time around. I will probably have more categories (including short films) next year but I wanted to keep things simple to start. This was kind of a spur of the moment idea that came about because I enjoyed my star tournament so much and I will be able to get a little fancier with more time to plan.

      1. Thanks, my vote is in!

        Clearly, I need to expand my viewing. I’ve seen very few features from before the 1920s.

  2. Wow! three of my initial picks made it to the finish line! Of course that made it still harder to pick the final.

  3. We don’t really know what the pickings were in 1918 because a lot of those films are lost. It’s the silents fan’s cross to bear.

    1. Well, I mean, that really goes without saying but I don’t think we can deny a distinct drop in quality from what is available and it’s not as if there is a significant difference in the percentage lost in 1918 vs. 1915, 1916 or 1919. Too much Hate the Hun is bad for your cinematic health.

  4. I have only seen one of those movies,and it was the BlueBird,which i thought was really,really good! I will vote for the Bluebird. It was an awesome film. the ending is really good.

  5. Online streaming…

    I had just arranged myself time to see Stella Maris from the link you kindly shared a week ago. TV was on, laptop connected, comfortable pillow brought to the sofa…

    Now the video is no longer available!

    In the same archive, there is another version, which however is completely silent. I don’t want to spoil a potentially excellent film that way.

      1. Luckily that version you linked came back to the archive, and it definitely was worth seeing. I first thought it was permanently removed.

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