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#954207 - Fri Dec 07 2012 08:59 AM Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by.
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My favorite film of all time, since I was 14 years old, is Sergeant York (1941). My second favorite movie of all time is My Man Godfrey (1936) since I was about 16 years old. And my 3rd favorite movie of all time is Captain Blood (1935) since I was 22. I am 35 by the by.

Not really into silent fims but I do like The Kid (1921), and Daddy Long Legs (I forget the year, I think 1919).

Yours?

-Nam


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#954230 - Fri Dec 07 2012 10:37 AM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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Favourite silent would have to be "Orphans of the Storm" - Lillian Gish being tossed around by the French Revolution - but I'll also admit I've only seen a few dozen, so there might be many wonderful ones I never saw.

And all time fav? Can't pick one, but if you held a knife to my throat, I might gasp out "Casablanca".

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#954276 - Fri Dec 07 2012 01:05 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: agony]
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Casablanca had great music, and a great screenplay but, in my opinion, the story itself was just just average. Though such an opinion could be based on the plethora of films since that mimicked it consistently.

The one film I want to see but as yet have seen is The Jazz Singer. Also concerning Silent Films: if it's comedy, it usually keeps my attention but Drama mainly puts me to sleep. There are exceptions like The Eagle (1925). That was pretty good.

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#954291 - Fri Dec 07 2012 02:49 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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Fritz Lang - Metropolis (1927)

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#954409 - Sat Dec 08 2012 05:19 AM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: sisterseagull]
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Casablanca is unbeatable. Sorry, Nam, but you have clearly been corrupted by (as you say) all the mimics out there. smile

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#954413 - Sat Dec 08 2012 07:29 AM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Chavs]
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I love the music, and the lines are all mainly quotable but the story itself just seems average to me. I am not saying it's a bad movie, it isn't. I just feel it's not great. I am sure, for those who have seen them, one could have the same opinion of those I list in my OP.

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#958823 - Wed Jan 02 2013 05:26 AM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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The 1940 film "Gaslight" starring Anton Walbrook, or any of his films really.

I have seen the films in your OP.

Other films on my "old" list would have to be:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Gone With the Wind
Wizard of Oz
Citizen Cain
Casablanca
Arsenic and Old Lace
Passport To Pimlico
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

I could go on...
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#958866 - Wed Jan 02 2013 10:20 AM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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I like that "Gaslight" better than the Ingrid Bergman/Charles Boyer one, too. Anton Walbrook really caught my attention in "The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp", which is a fabulous movie.

An older movie that I'd really like to see properly is "The Proud Valley", with Paul Robeson. Someone here recommended it, and I tried to find a copy, but could only get portions of it on youtube. I was really impressed by what I saw, though.

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#958926 - Wed Jan 02 2013 06:23 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: agony]
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I like a lot of the old classic movies, but if we're talking about silent films, Nosferatu is my absolute fav. Kind of cheesy, but still extremely creepy and downright scary.

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#958957 - Wed Jan 02 2013 10:53 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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It was the music used in Nosferatu that made the film for me. Eerie!

I agree with zippolover regarding Arsenic and Old Lace, a brilliant film.

I would recommend you see The Jazz Singer Nammage but only because of its historical significance in the film world; I can only describe the 1927 film as something that I had to endure.

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#1023092 - Mon Nov 25 2013 06:54 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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For me, the greatest of the silent comedians was Buster Keaton. The General, Sherlock Jr., Our Hospitality, Steamboat Bill Jr. - all masterpieces of silent comedy.

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#1025986 - Sat Dec 14 2013 08:02 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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Pretty much anything Frank Capra.
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#1031219 - Wed Jan 22 2014 11:05 PM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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My favourites from the Silent Era: The General and Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton); Safety Last (Harold Lloyd); Spies, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler and Die Nibelungen (Fritz Lang); Sunrise (Murnau); The Cat And The Canary (Paul Leni).
As for the 30s and 40s, it really was a golden age for comedy. Among my favourites are Easy Living, His Girl Friday, The Awful Truth, To Be Or Not To Be, The Lady Eve, Unfaithfully Yours, Ninotchka - and I could go on and on.
Favourite classic directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Michael Curtiz, John Huston, Carol Reed, Powell and Pressburger.

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#1031228 - Thu Jan 23 2014 01:33 AM Re: Best Classic Films 1900-1940 the by. [Re: Nammage]
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I've not seen a whole big bunch of silent films, but out of those I have had a look at? Hands down, my favorite was La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc from 1928. I've been lucky enough to see countless breathtaking performances up there on the screen over the years ... but Renée Jeanne Falconetti's tour de force portrayal of Joan of Arc was unforgettable and painful to watch.. I agree that in the '30s and '40s comedies prevailed --- two that always stand out, for me, are It Happened One Night and The Philadelphia Story, both benefiting from great screen chemistry amongst their troupes, terrific scripts, and a breezy sort of sophistication that set a very high standard. Barbara Stanwyck has always been a favorite from that era, in my book ~ the woman brought something to her work that was, for lack of a better word, delicious almost every time! And she could bring it while playing a femme fatale or while knee-deep in a screwball comedy, too. Great stuff smile!
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