Obscure Even for Us: Which off-the-wall silent films do you unreservedly recommend?

There are maybe five or six silent films that are famous enough to be mentioned by Jane Q. Public. Metropolis, Battleship Potemkin, things like that. The list of “essential” silents– the films most silent film fans have heard about– is longer but there is still a long tail of obscure pictures that need advocates to get the word out.

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Spill your guts: What’s the most idiotic thing you’ve ever heard about silent movies?

Normally, I try (and often fail) to keep this site on the sunny side of things. Unless, of course, we are discussing a certain director whose name begins with a D and ends with a W Griffith. However, there are times when people need to vent and this is one of them.

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