You’ve been looking forward to this silent film forever, you can’t wait to see it. At last, you get an opportunity and… meh. Or, worse, feh.
Mine was Surrender. I love director Edward S. Sloman’s His People. I was excited to see Ivan Mosjoukine in his only American film. I… tolerate Mary Philbin. But the film was all about… romantic genocide?
Granted, I knew the basic synopsis before starting out but I had no idea it would be that bad. The picture’s woes are sometimes blamed on Carl Laemmle wanting to turn Mosjoukine into Valentino but the real issue was his insistence on using a story that was dated and ill-suited to film back then.
I go on (and on and on) about this in my full-length review but now it’s your turn. Which silent film disappointed you the most?
One fan’s meat is another’s poison so there are bound to be some beloved titles deemed disappointing, which is perfectly okay. This is all a matter of opinion and personal experience. There are no wrong answers.
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