A diva’s work is never done.
That’s what I thought the other day when I realized that I’ve been blogging (and tweeting and posting!) about classic films for a whole year.
I scoured the reaches of my imagination for some way to mark the occasion. And then, Turner Classic Movies solved the problem for me. Throughout this month, September 2013, the television epicenter of old movie love will be celebrating the milestones of film history. And I’m going with the flow.
Now, if I started blogging for one reason (other than preserving my sanity in the wake of my recent college graduation), it was because I wanted to share my passion for classic cinema with others. Over the past year, I have learned so much through my digital adventures and I very humbly hope that I’ve been able to give back a little, too. For the month of September, I’m trying something new—I’m going to concentrate primarily (perhaps entirely) on silent film.
To get the ball rolling, I’ve created a YouTube playlist containing most of the silent films that will be airing on TCM this month. Below, you’ll find the same treasure trove of film history, hours of ground-breaking cinema that you can stream or download free of charge. I could name dozens of other great silent films that everyone should watch—and I will over the next 30 days—but these are the ones that you can check out instantly. So, pardon the glaring omissions! However, if you’ve never seen a silent film before, this is a good place to start, although you might not want to start with Intolerance… And if you’ve seen all of these films, well, now you have them all at your fingertips!
Watch, enjoy, and celebrate the Seventh Art in the first spectacular flush of her youth and beauty.
Trip to the Moon (1902) – Georges Méliès
Canned Harmony (1912) – Alice Guy
Falling Leaves (1912) – Alice Guy
Birth of a Nation (1916) – D.W. Griffith
Intolerance (1916) – D.W. Griffith
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) – Robert Wiene
Way Down East (1920) – D.W. Griffith
One Week (1920) – Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton
The Kid (1921) – Charlie Chaplin
Orphans of the Storm (1921) – D.W. Griffith
The Phantom Carriage (1921) – Victor Sjöström
Häxan (1922) – Benjamin Christensen
Nanook of the North (1922) – Robert J. Flaherty
Three Ages (1923) – Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton
La Roue (1923) – Abel Gance
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) – Raoul Walsh
Battleship Potemkin (1925) – Sergei Eisenstein
The General (1927) – Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton
Metropolis (1927) – Fritz Lang
Sunrise (1927) – F.W. Murnau
Un Chien Andalou (1929) – Salvador Dali and Louis Buñuel
The Goddess (1934) – Yonggang Wu