It’s no exaggeration to say that the home video boom is responsible for a whole generation of silent film fans. As my recent survey shows, the vast majority of the readers of this site rely on home video to see silent films.
While there are quite literally thousands of silent films on home video, there are thousands more in archives waiting their turn to be released. Which silent films would you like to own but are not yet available for sale in your region?
My #1 pick is also my favorite silent film: Michael Strogoff (1926)
This is an epic that has everything and it is the kind of big film that was never quite replicated in the sound era (not that Cecil B. DeMille and William Wyler and Henry King didn’t try, bless them) because, well, borrowing the army of Latvia is such a silent era thing.
Plus, Ivan Mosjoukine both with and without a beard. Rawr.
(A recent Twitter poll found most prefer the beard but I’ll take my Vanya any old way.)
As a second choice, I would really like a Marie Doro movie to be made available to the public. Of all the not-on-video silent stars, she is the one I get asked about the most and people deserve to see a silent star in motion, right? (For the record, I have indeed seen her in action.)
Several of her films survive but, alas, there are access restrictions or I would have taken care of this myself. (Believe me, I asked.)
It’s your turn! Which silents are surviving but unavailable in your region? What’s your wish?
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