Sunday, November 9, 2008

Silent movie marathon - Part 4

Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (1927, Germany) - Oh .. my .. God. People, machines, buildings. Yes!

The Lost World (1925, USA) - Stop motion dinosaurs and a man in a monkey suit. Not bad, but typical. However groundbreaking, special effects really do work better with sound, color and CGI. Watched: 15 minutes, then fast forwarded to the dinosaurs.

The Unknown (1927, USA) - Circus artist Joan Crawford is sick of men groping her, and develops a phobia about hands. She finds comfort with a man who pretends to have no arms, but is secretly a thief and a strangler. Deliciously macabre symbolism. Sometimes a cigar really is a penis.

Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Vol 1: Entr'acte (1924, France), La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928, France), Ballet Mecanique (1924, France), Anemic Cinema (1926, France) - Huh. Funny! Brain massage. Watched all of it, but the nice thing about surrealism is that you can take a bathroom break without missing anything.

La Chute de la Maison Usher (1928, France) - Not bad, but I like Roger Corman's Poe movies better. Watched: 10 minutes.

The Battleship Potemkin (1925, Soviet Union) - Fine film. Made in that very very short period when Bolshevik doctrine held that the state shouldn't massacre citizens for no good reason.

That's all the silent movies for now. I have learned that I hate silent comedies, and that all silent movies should be set to Shostakovich.

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