Top 3 Soviet Montage Films

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1. Man with the Movie Camera 1929

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. IMDb

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2. Battleship Potemkin 1925

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. source IMDb

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3, October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 1928

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of… (142 mins.) source IMDb

Top 5 Silent Movies Horror for Halloween

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5. Man Who Laughs 1928

The inspiration for the Clown Prince of Horror!! The Joker.

 

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4. Phantom of the Opera 1925

The Original Phantom Lon Chaney uses his makeup skills to create the iconic mask!!

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3. Haxan 1922

Witchcraft through the Ages.

 

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2. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920

Visually stunning. Great example of a great movement during the Silent era. German Expressionism.

 

Nosferatu

1. Nosferatu

A Symphony of horror. The first great Vampire film. Max Schreck makes cinema history as Count Orlok aka Nosferatu!!! A must for Halloween.

 

 

Silent Horror Shorts George Melies

The Haunted Castle

Georges Melies, a professional magician by training, first saw the new “moving pictures” in 1895. Little over a year later, Melies was filming and projecting his own creations. By accident, he discovered that he could use stop-motion photography to render trick visual effects. Melies was also the first to use techniques such as the fade-in, the fade-out, and the dissolve to create the first real narrative films. Melies made over 500 films, but his most famous – A Trip to the Moon (1902) (Voyage to the Moon). Still, Melies, trained in classic eighteenth century theater, conceived all of his films in terms of fully played-out scenes. Unable to keep up with the changing industry, the end of his life was wrought with poverty, yet his films would be monumental stepping stones for great auteurs such as D.W. Griffith. source IMDb

The Devil’s Castle 1896 is considered the first vampire and horror film. Following are a few of his short horror films.

A Terrible Night 1896

The Devil’s Castle  1896

The Bewitched Inn 1897

The Monster 1903

Dada Cinema

Dada was a provocative and irreverent art movement, founded in Switzerland in the early twentieth century, in which a seemingly chaotic, spontaneous, and pessimistic aesthetic influenced painting, sculpture, theater, literature, and film. The movement’s name is a willfully nonsensical word, intended to punctuate the meaninglessness artists saw in their contemporaneous worldview. Dada filmmakers such as Hans Richter, Man Ray, and Viking Eggeling were challenged by the developing technology of filmmaking in the 1920s. This confluence of technology and aesthetic experimentation suited the Dadaists’ passion for the machine-made object. The visual disruption created by the Dada filmmakers in the 1920s provided a legacy of aesthetic language for the cinematic experiments of future generations of avant-garde artists. The landmark films in this program—all produced between 1921 and 1928—are also on view within the context of other works in other mediums by the same artists in the Dada exhibition on the sixth floor of the Museum. All films are drawn from MoMA’s collection and are silent. Source MOMA