We all have to start somewhere and so I want to ask: what was the first silent movie you ever watched?
While I had seen cartoons in the silent film tradition (the Pink Panther, Much Ado About Nutting), redrawn Mutt and Jeff animation and even the Mel Brooks film Silent Movie, my first proper silent-movie-made-during-the-silent-era-with-title-cards-and-everything was Sparrows.
Alas, due to a crummy, warped VHS copy (thanks, Blockbuster) and my own lack of acclimation to silent era storytelling, I absolutely hated it. (Don’t worry, I did a proper rewatch later.) My second silent film, City Lights, is what really turned me into a fan and a one-two-three punch of Sessue Hayakawa, Conrad Veidt and Milton Sills made me a devotee of silent drama. (The Cheat, The Beloved Rogue and The Sea Hawk.)
So, what about you? What was your first silent film experience? And did you like it? Please share!
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