Are there any silent movie fans out there? If so, I'd love to hear your recommendations. I'll share some of my favorites here. Feel free to add yours. I still haven't seen The Artist but plan to soon.
Here are some of my favorites:
The Oyster Princess - Great Lubitsch silent from Germany about a spoiled brat trying to find a husband - it includes a really fun foxtrot sequence.
Pandora's Box - Classic film by Pabst about a carefree woman's slow descent - beautiful and heartbreaking (and a bit overlong)
The Lodger - Hitchcock's take on Jack the Ripper, or a man thought to be the infamous killer.
Lonesome - I just discovered this American gem through the Criterion Collection. It's about a couple that meet on a day out at Coney Island - great super-impositions and tinted sequences as well as a surprise sound sequence.
The Wind - Great Lillian Gish film about a woman out west in a dust storm - very entertaining!
The Great Train Robbery - I love the medium close-up of the bandit shooting at the audience
The Passion of Joan of Arc - Some of the best close-up work with one of the most distinctive faces I've ever seen.
People on Sunday - Another Criterion discovery. Billy Wilder, Curt and Robert Siodmak, and Fred Zinnemann all worked on this docu-drama about two couples having a Sunday outing. Great images of Berlin just before Hitler came to power.
I've a few more, but these are some of the ones I really enjoy. What are your favorites?
I'm not sure I've ever watched a silent movie. Obviously, I don't have any recommendations, but it's an interesting thread nonetheless.
If you end up watching one, let us know what you think. I avoided silents for years, but now I really enjoy watching them.