FEATURE FILMS

Battleship Potemkin

  • Original Title: Броненосец Потёмкин

    Year: 1925

    Country: USSR

    Length: 77 minutes

    Company: Goskino

    Director: Sergei Eisenstein

    Cinematography: Eduard Tisse

    Cast: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigor Aleksandrov, Mikhail Gomorov

    Genre: Drama. War

    #war #russia #soviet #revolution #socialism #social

  • Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa.

    Written by Konstantin Dlutskii 


Faust


Häxan, witchcraft through the ages

  • Original Title: Häxan

    Year: 1922

    Country: Denmark

    Length: 105 minutes

    Company: Svensk Filmindustri / Aljosha 

    Genres: Documentary. Drama. Horror

    Director: Benjamin Christensen

    Cinematography: Johan Ankerstjerne

    Cast: Elisabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen, Ella La Cour

    #religion #middle age #witch #inquisition #sorcery #devil #evil

  • A historical view of witchcraft in seven parts and a variety of styles. First, there is a slide-show alternating inter-titles with drawings and paintings to illustrate the behavior of pagan cultures in the Middle Ages regarding their vision of demons and witches. Then there is a dramatization of the situation of the witches in the Middle Ages, witchcraft and witch-hunts. Finally the film compares the behavior of hysteria of contemporary (1921) women with the behavior of the witches in the Middle Ages, concluding that they are very similar.


I was born, but...

  • Original Title: Umarete wa Mita Keredo

    Year: 1932

    Country: Japan

    Length: 91 minutes

    Company: Sôchiku Eiga

    Genres: Drama. Comedy

    Director: Yasujiro Ozu

    Cinematography: Hideo Sigehara

    Cast: Tatsuo Saito, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara, Takeshi Sakamoto

    #neighbors #family #childhood #boys #youth #gang

  • In the 30s, a low middle-class family composed of the father (Tatsuo Saito), the mother (Mitsuko Yoshikawa) and two little sons (Hideo Sugawara and Tomio Aoki) has just moved to a suburb of Tokyo. The two brothers have some sort of adaptation problem with the kids in their neighborhood, but they feel protected with their beloved father, and they become leaders of the gang. Their father is a clerk in an office, and his director lives in the same neighborhood, and he tries to be promoted in his job being a servile flatterer of his boss. One night, the boys find that his father has a silly behavior in his job to please his boss, and they lose the respect for their father, questioning him why he can not be the director of the company.

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Körkarlen, the phantom carriage

  • Original Title: Körkarlen

    Year: 1921

    Country: Sweden

    Length: 106 minutes

    Company: Svensk Filmindustri

    Director: Victor Sjöström

    Cinematography: Julius Jaenzon

    Cast: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

    Genre: Drama. Fantasy

    #ghost #life and death #redemption #family #alcohol #friends

  • It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, the one that picks up the souls of the dead... David Holm, one of the three drunkards, dies at the last stroke of midnight...


Man with a movie camera

  • Original Title: Chelovek s kno-apparatom

    Year: 1929

    Country: USSR

    Length: 67 minutes

    Company: VUFKU

    Director: Dziga Vertov

    Cinematography: Mikhail Kaufman

    Cast: -

    Genres: Documentary. Experimental

    #art #eye #slow motion #innovative #abstract

  • This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film. Even the editing of the film is documented. We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting! 

    Written by George S. Davis


Metropolis

  • Original Title: Metropolis

    Year: 1927

    Country: Germany

    Length: 118 minutes

    Company: U.F.A

    Genres: Drama. Sci-Fi

    Director: Fritz Lang

    Cinematography: Karl Freund

    Cast: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp

    #machine #work #socialism #science fiction #robot #workclass

  • In Metropolis, society is divided in two classes: the rich, who have all the power and all kinds of luxuries and the workers, doomed to work and confined to live in poor conditions. One day, Freder (Alfred Abel), the son of the powerful Joh Fredersen (Gustav Frohlich), the man who is in charge of the whole city, after falling in love with Maria (Brigitte Helm), discovers the hard conditions in which the workers live and warns his father about a possible rebellion.


Modern Times

  • Original Title: Modern Times

    Year: 1936

    Country: USA

    Length: 89 minutes

    Company: United Artists

    Genres: Comedy

    Director: Charles Chaplin

    Cinematography: Rollie Totheroh

    Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Chester Conklin

    #industry #job #satire #workclass #america

  • Chaplin's last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital - When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. 

    Written by Colin Tinto

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Mother

  • Original Title: Mat

    Year: 1926

    Country: USSR

    Length: 88 minutes

    Company: Mezhrabpom

    Genres: Drama

    Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin

    Cinematography: Anatoly Golovnya

    Cast: Vera Baranovskaya, Nikolai Batalov, Aleksandr Chistyakov, Ivan Koval-Samborsky

    #family #war #division #father #pain #love #propaganda

  • Russian director Vsevolod I. Pudovkin's "Mother" is the chronicle of an individual's transformation from political naivete to Marxist awareness set during the 1905 Russian Revolution. Pudovkin uses innovative montage techniques and camera angles to tell this bold story of national unrest through the eyes of a working class woman.


Nosferatu

  • Original Title: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    Year: 1922

    Country: Germany

    Length: 91 minutes

    Company: Prana Film

    Director: F. W. Murnau

    Cinematography: Fritz Arno Wanger

    Cast: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

    Genre: Horror. Expressionism

    #ghost #life and death #vampire #dracula #bite #travel #castle

  • Wisbourg, Germany based estate agent Knock dispatches his associate, Hutter, to Count Orlok's castle in Transylvania as the Count wants to purchase an isolated house in Wisbourg. They plan on selling him the one across the way from Hutter's own home. Hutter leaves his innocent wife, Ellen, with some friends while he is away. Hutter's trek is an unusual one, with many locals not wanting to take him near the castle where strange events have been occurring. Once at the castle, Hutter does manage to sell the Count the house, but he also notices and feels unusual occurrences, primarily feeling like there is a dark shadow hanging over him, even in the daytime when the Count is unusually asleep. Hutter eventually sees the Count's sleeping chamber in a crypt, and based on a book he has recently read, believes the Count is really a vampire or Nosferatu. While Hutter is trapped in the castle, the Count, hiding in a shipment of coffins, makes his way to Wisbourg, causing death along his way.

    Written by Huggo


October

  • Original Title: Oktyabr

    Year: 1928

    Country: USSR

    Length: 100 minutes

    Company: Sovkino

    Director: Sergei Eisenstein

    Cinematography: Eduard Tissé

    Cast: Vassili Nikandrov, Boris Livanov, Eduard Tissé, Nikolai Podvoisky

    Genres: Drama. Historical

    #history #propaganda #russia #revolution #soviet #politics

  • In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin's arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Anatov-Oveyenko leads the attack and signs the proclamation dissolving the provisional government.

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Seven Chances

  • Original Title: Seven Chances

    Year: 1925

    Country: USA

    Length: 56 minutes

    Company: Metro-Goldwyn

    Genres: Comedy

    Director: Buster Keaton

    Cinematography: Elgin Lessley

    Cast: Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards

    #love #wedding #money #time

  • When Jimmie Shannon's uncle leaves him seven million dollars in his will, it seems as though his fortune is well and truly made... until he reads the small print: in order to quality, he has to be married by 7pm on his 27th birthday, which just happens to be that very day.


Steamboat Bill Jr.

  • Original Title: Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Year: 1928

    Country: USA

    Length: 71 minutes

    Company: Buster Keaton Productions

    Genres: Comedy

    Director: Buster Keaton

    Cinematography: Bert Haines

    Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis

    #steam #ship #families #rivalry

  • It is the story of a college-educated young man who comes home to help his father work on his Mississippi River steamboat and immediately demonstrates just what a landlubber he is. What's worse, the woman he falls for is the daughter of his father's worst rival, a bullying rich guy who wants to drive Buster's boat out of business.

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Sunrise

  • Original Title: Sunrise

    Year: 1927

    Country: USA

    Length: 94 minutes

    Company: Fox Films

    Genres: Drama. Romance

    Director: F. W. Murnau

    Cinematography: Charles Rosher

    Cast: Georges O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

    #romance #couple #murder #redemption #love #storm

  • A farmer (George O' Brien) lives happily with his wife (Janet Gaynor) until he meets an attractive woman from the city (Margaret Livingstone). The farmer falls in love with this sophisticated woman and starts to think that his wife is standing in the way of their love.

Tabu

  • Original Title: Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Year: 1928

    Country: USA

    Length: 71 minutes

    Company: Buster Keaton Productions

    Genres: Comedy

    Director: Buster Keaton

    Cinematography: Bert Haines

    Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis

    #steam #ship #families #rivalry

  • It is the story of a college-educated young man who comes home to help his father work on his Mississippi River steamboat and immediately demonstrates just what a landlubber he is. What's worse, the woman he falls for is the daughter of his father's worst rival, a bullying rich guy who wants to drive Buster's boat out of business.

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

  • Original Title: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

    Year: 1925

    Country: Germany

    Length: 65 minutes

    Company: Comenius Film

    Genres: Adventures. Animation

    Director: Lotte Reiniger

    Cinematography: Carl Koch

    Cast: -

    #romance #stop-motion #middle east #tale #warrior

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed (German: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) is a 1926 German animated fairytale film by Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film; two earlier ones were made in Argentina by Quirino Cristiani, but they are considered lost. The Adventures of Prince Achmed features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera. The technique she used for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets, though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action. The original prints featured color tinting.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

  • Original Title: Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari

    Year: 1920

    Country: Germany

    Length: 63 minutes

    Company: Decla

    Director: Robert Wiene

    Cinematography: Willy Rameister

    Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

    Genres: Horror. Expressionism

    #hypnosis #somnambulist #medicine #plot twist #set design

  • Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murderer and starts spying on him and Dr. Caligari. The following night Cesare is going to stab Jane in her bed but softens when he sees the beautiful woman, and instead of committing another murder, he abducts her. Jane's father awakens because of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot outrun his pursuers anymore, he gently places Jane down on the ground and runs away. Francis and the police investigate the caravan of Dr. Caligari...

    Written by Maths Jesperson 


The Cameraman

  • Original Title: The Cameraman

    Year: 1928

    Country: USA

    Length: 69 minutes

    Company: Metro-Goldwyn

    Genres: Comedy

    Director: Buster Keaton

    Cinematography: Elgin Lessley

    Cast: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harry Gribbon, Harold Goodwin

    #work #journalism #love #opportunity

  • Luke Shannon (Buster Keaton), is a bumbling photographer who, in order to win the favor of a beautiful woman, takes a job as a newsreel cameraman. Hilarity ensues as he stumbles through a parade, a Chinese Tong war, a yacht club regatta, a crowded dressing room and a solo baseball game.

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The General

  • Original Title: The General

    Year: 1926

    Country: USA

    Length: 74 minutes

    Company: United Artists

    Director: Buster Keaton

    Cinematography: Bert Haines

    Cast: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

    Genre: Comedy. Adventure

    #war #civil war #history #army #trains #love

  • Johnny Gray is the engineer for the Western and Atlantic Flyer, and his engine is named "The General." There are two loves in Johnny's life, "The General" and Annabelle Lee. During a visit to Annabelle's home, her brother comes in and announces that Fort Sumter has been fired upon, and, immediately, he and Annabelle's father go to enlist in the Southern cause. Johnny does, too, but he is rejected because "he is more valuable to the South as an engineer." Due to a misunderstanding, Annabelle's father and brother think Johnny refused to sign up. After being told of his supposed cowardice, Annabelle informs Johnny that she will not speak to him again until he is in uniform. A year later, a group of Union soldiers led by Captain Anderson steal Johnny's train with Annabelle in one of the boxcars. Johnny gives chase in another train with all sorts of mishaps and comicals events happening along the way. Deep into Union territory, the Yankee soldiers realize Johnny is alone on the train. Johnny deserts the train and flees into the woods.


The Iron Mask

  • Original Title: The Iron Mask

    Year: 1929

    Country: USA

    Length: 85 minutes

    Company: United Artists

    Genres: Adventure. Action

    Director: Allan Dwan

    Cinematography: Henry Sharp

    Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Margarite de la Motte, William Bakewell, Nigel de Brulier, Ulrich Haupt, Belle Bennett

    #france #d'artagnan #musketeer #richelieu

  • King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever. Richelieu enlists D'Artagnan to look after and protect the young prince. Meanwhile, de Rochefort learns of the twins and Richelieu's plans, and kidnaps the twin, raising him in secret. Many years later, with Richelieu dead and the young prince crowned King Louis XIV, Rochefort launches his plan. The king is kidnapped, replaced with his twin, put in an iron mask so as not to be recognized, and led off to a remote castle to be held prisoner. Louis XIV is able to alert D'Artagnan, who realizes that only his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis can help him, so he reunites the Musketeers to derail Rochefort's nefarious plot but at a heavy toll.

The Kid

  • Original Title: The Kid

    Year: 1921

    Country: USA

    Length: 68 minutes

    Company: First National

    Genres: Comedy. Drama

    Director: Charles Chaplin

    Cinematography: Rollie Totheroh

    Cast: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance, Carl Miller

    #family #poverty #childhood #orphan

  • The opening title reads: "A comedy with a smile--and perhaps a tear". As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor called by Edna discovers the note with the truth about the Kid and reports it to the authorities who come to take him away from Charlie. Before he arrives at the Orphan Asylum Charlie steals him back and takes him to a flophouse. The proprietor reads a reward for the Kid and takes him to Edna. Charlie is later awakened by a kind policeman who reunites him with the Kid at Edna's mansion. 

    Written by Ed Stephan

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The Passion of Joanne D'Arc

  • Original Title: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    Year: 1928

    Country: Frace

    Length: 110 minutes

    Company: Societé Generale de Films

    Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

    Cinematography: Rudolph Maté

    Cast: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, Maurice Schutz, Michel Simon

    Genres: Drama. Historical

    #religion #inquisition #middle ages #history #trial

  • Year 1431. Young french Joan of Arc is put on trial for alleged treason. Once glorified as her nation’s saviour, she has become a mere pawn in a game of political intrigue. Her sacrifice would appear inevitable...


The Phantom of the Opera

  • Original Title: The Phantom of the Opera

    Year: 1925

    Country: USA

    Length: 93 minutes

    Company: Universal

    Genres: Drama. Horror

    Director: Rupert Julian

    Cinematography: Milton Bridenbecker

    Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

    #opera #catacombs #faust #romance #kidnap

  • At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal? What's his secret? 

    Written by Yepok