The General (1926)

The General is a 1926[1] American silent comedy film released by United Artists inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862. Buster Keaton starred in the film and co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman. It was adapted by Al Boasberg, Bruckman, Keaton, Charles Henry Smith (uncredited) and Paul Girard Smith (uncredited) from the memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger. The film, an adventure-epic classic made toward the end of the silent era, received both poor reviews by critics (it was considered tedious and disappointing) and weak box-office results (about a half million dollars domestically, and approximately one million worldwide) at its original release, but is now considered by critics as one of the greatest films ever made. However, because of its huge budget ($750,000 supplied by Metro chief Joseph Schenck) and poor box office, Keaton lost his independence as a film-maker and was forced into a restrictive deal with MGM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_General_(1926_film)

IMDB Ratings: 8.4/10, When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, he pursues it single handedly and straight through enemy lines. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017925/

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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title directed by Rupert Julian. The film featured Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House,[2] causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera_(1925_film)

IMDB Ratings: 7.7/10,  A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0016220/

Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; also known as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror or simply Nosferatu) is a classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok“). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu

IMDB Ratings: 8.1/10, Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013442/

Greed (1924)

Greed is a 1924 American dramatic silent film. It was directed by Erich von Stroheim and starring Gibson GowlandZasu PittsJean HersholtDale FullerTempe PigottSylvia AshtonChester ConklinJoan Standing and Jack Curtis.

The plot follows a dentist whose wife wins a lottery ticket, only to become obsessed with money. When her former lover betrays the dentist as a fraud, all of their lives are destroyed. The movie was adapted by von Stroheim (shooting screenplay) andJoseph Farnham (titles) from the 1899 novel McTeague by Frank Norris. (The onscreen writing credit for June Mathis was strictly a contractual obligation to her on the part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (the parent studio), as she was not actually involved in the production.) Originally over ten hours long, Greed was ultimately edited against von Stroheim’s permission to about two and a half hours, and the full-length version is a lost filmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greed_(film)

IMDB Ratings: 8.1/10, The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015881/

The Gold Rush (1925)

IMDB Ratings: 8.3/10 , The Tramp goes the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015864/

The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film comedy written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp role. The film also stars Georgia HaleMack SwainTom MurrayHenry BergmanMalcolm Waite.

Chaplin declared several times that this was the film that he most wanted to be remembered for. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gold_Rush

Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis ist ein Stummfilm des deutschen Expressionismus, den Fritz Lang in den Jahren 1925 bis 1926 drehte. Schauplatz ist eine futuristische Großstadt mit ausgeprägter Zweiklassengesellschaft. Dieser Science-Fiction-Film ist einer der teuersten der damaligen Zeit und zählt zu den bedeutendsten Werken der Filmgeschichte. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_(Film)

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist film in the science-fiction genre directed by Fritz Lang. Produced in Germany during a stable period of the Weimar RepublicMetropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and makes use of this context to explore the social crisis between workers and owners inherent in capitalism, as expressed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The film was produced in the Babelsberg Studios by Universum Film A.G. (UFA). The most expensive silent film ever made, it cost approximately 5 million Reichsmark,[2] or approximately $15 million when adjusted for inflation.

Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere, and much footage was lost over the passage of successive decades. There have been several efforts to restore it, as well as discoveries of previously lost footage. A 2001 reconstruction ofMetropolis, shown at the Berlin Film Festival, was inscribed on UNESCO‘s Memory of the World Register in that same year.[3] In 2008, a copy of the film 30 minutes longer than any other known surviving copy was located in Argentina. After a long period of restoration in Germany, the restored film was shown publicly for the first time simultaneously at Berlin and Frankfurt on February 12, 2010.[4] The event of the Friedrichstadtpalast was shown live on a screen at the Brandenburg Gate as well as on TV on ARTE. This version was also shown in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater in the last two weeks of October 2010.[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_(film)

IMDB Ratings: 8.4/10, In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein’s scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the occasion, focussed on the crew of the battleship Potemkin. Fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers and their maggot-ridden meat rations, the sailors stage a violent mutiny. This, in turn, sparks an abortive citizens’ revolt against the Czarist regime. The film’s centerpiece is staged on the Odessa Steps, where in 1905 the Czar’s Cossacks methodically shot down rioters and innocent bystanders alike. To Eisenstein, this single bloody incident was the crucible of the successful 1917 Bolshevik revolution, and the result was the “Odessa Steps sequence,” which is often considered the most famous sequence ever filmed; it is certainly one of the most imitated, perhaps most overtly by Brian De Palma in The Untouchables (1987). This triumph of Eisenstein’s “rhythmic editing” technique occurs in the middle of film, not as the climax, as more current film structure might do it. All the actors in the film were amateurs, selected by Eisenstein because of their “rightness” as types for their roles. Pictorial quality varies from print to print, but even in a duped-down version, Battleship Potemkin is must-see cinema. http://www.youtube.com/movie/battleship-potemkin

The Battleship Potemkin (RussianБроненосец «Потёмкин»Bronyenosyets Potyomkin), sometimes rendered as The Battleship Potyomkin, is a 1925 silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers of the Tsarist regime.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_Potemkin