Last year, I asked readers to share their favorite hidden treasures, obscure silent films that are nonetheless delightful.
There has been a discussion in the silent film community recently about whether programmers and short films that are “just” comedies are worth seeking out and preserving. The overwhelming answer was “Yes!” (as expected) but I think this calls for another show and tell of our favorite obscure treats.
Here are my recommendations from what I have reviewed in 2018 to date: I would like to recommend Parabola, a sleek and stylish animated film by the gloriously nerdy Mary Ellen Bute. I also discovered the wonderful Nick Winter detective comedy series and thoroughly enjoyed Nick Winter and the Theft of the Mona Lisa. Finally, the Stan Laurel solo comedy Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde made me laugh myself silly.
Obscure is relative, of course, and there are no wrong answers. I hope you will share as I know many silent film newcomers love getting outside-the-box recommendations.
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