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reviewed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabi.... March 01, 2012
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
**** out of ****    I'm not one to judge a film solely for its place in history, or its influence on the many motion pictures that may have followed. Quality, above all, certainly …
reviewed Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosf.... October 19, 2011
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Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu -- Eine Symphonie des Grauens)
**** out of ****     The 1922 Gothic masterpiece of horror "Nosferatu" is a production of sweeping beauty and spectacle, lively performances and intense atmospheric touches, and pure …
reviewed Brand Upon the Brain!. August 12, 2011
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Brand Upon the Brain!
**** out of ****     "Brand Upon the Brain", the most recent Guy Maddin feature to be labeled as a silent psychodrama, is an ambitious film that honestly does offer up something new …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). June 28, 2011
It is fun watching classic films. They are so different than modern ones. This is a set of three digitally mastered movies: The General, from 1926, lasts 75 minutes; The Playhouse, from 1921, is 23 minutes; …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). June 13, 2011
I had two choices watching this movie...smile or laugh out loud. When I wasn't smiling I was laughing. Buster Keaton's The General is a perfect introduction for those who may shy away from silent …
reviewed Häxan. April 01, 2011
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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
**** out of ****     "Haxan", a certainly controversial, at-the-time graphic, and flamboyantly intellectual documentary/horror film, appeals to me for so many reasons. For one: I like …
reviewed Piccadilly. February 24, 2011
Piccadilly
There are three reasons to watch Piccadilly, a 1929 British silent backstage melodrama. The performance of Anna May Wong is primary. She's a knockout as Shosho, a Chinese dishwasher in a posh London …
reviewed The Phantom of the Opera (The Milesto.... December 02, 2010
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The Phantom of the Opera Ultimate Edition (front)
**** out of ****      The original "Phantom of the Opera" film adaptation reminds me ever-so greatly of what it means to be both dramatic and atmospheric. So many films forget …
reviewed Battleship Potemkin. August 01, 2009
Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin is a celluloid masterpiece. The direction of Eisenstein is truly a sight. The film chronicles a ship of disgruntled sailors who are tired of being mistreated by their superior officers.   …
reviewed Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosf.... May 17, 2009
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu -- Eine Symphonie des Grauens)
Nosferatu is one of the first vampire movies ever made. It also was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Stoker's widow sued the film-makers and won a huge settlement and the court ordered …
reviewed The Phantom of the Opera (1925 film). May 10, 2009
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The Phantom of the Opera (1925 movie)
Carl Laemmle's screen version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (based on the penny-dreadful by Gaston Leroux), is still a fascinating and riveting screen entertainment, despite being re-made several times …
reviewed Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Kino.... May 05, 2009
DVD cover
   -This review pertains to Kino On Video's Restored Authorized Edition DVD of Nosferatu-    Perhaps the greatest horror film of all time premiered on March 4, 1922 in Berlin. …
reviewed The Call of Cthulhu. May 03, 2009
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The Call of Cthulhu
THE CALL OF CTHULHU is that long dreamed of but seemingly impossible feat--a film that is absolutely true to the work of author H.P. Lovecraft! Many have tried and failed starting in 60s with abominable films …
reviewed Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collecti.... December 22, 2008
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Pandora's Box
-This review pertains to the Criterion Collection's 2-disc Special Edition DVD of Pandora's Box-      Georg Wilhelm Pabst's 1929 film Pandora's Box is a masterful melodrama. Based …
reviewed Classics of the Early Cinema Collecti.... December 22, 2008
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DVD set front
As a distinct genre, horror can be dated back to the gothic literature of the seventeenth century. Since the invention of the motion picture film, there have been many attempts to translate the genre …
reviewed The Phantom of the Opera (The Milesto.... December 22, 2008
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The Phantom of the Opera Ultimate Edition (front)
-This review pertains to The Phantom of the Opera: The Ultimate Edition DVD-       Faithfully adapted from Gaston Leroux's mystery novel, the Universal Studios' film The Phantom of …
reviewed TCM Archives: Lon Chaney Collection. December 22, 2008
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DVD front
In 1883, Leonidas Chaney was born in Colorado Springs, however the world would come to know him as Lon Chaney. Lon Chaney was one of the great American performers during the era of silent filmmaking. …
reviewed Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauen.... December 17, 2008
Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Kino International's 2-disc The Ultimate DVD Edition)
-This review pertains to Kino International's 2-disc Ultimate DVD Edition of Nosferatu-         In 1922, German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau released his film Nosferatu …
reviewed Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collecti.... April 19, 2008
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Pandora's Box
One of the last great works of the silent cinema, G.W. Pabst's PANDORA'S BOX was cruelly-ignored and dismissed by both audiences and critics upon it's original release in 1929. It wasn't until the George …
reviewed Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauen.... November 18, 2007
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Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Kino International's 2-disc The Ultimate DVD Edition)
Creepy, truly creepy. Max Schreck as Count Orlok is beautifully terrifying. The portrayal is oustanding and truly spooky. This silent film has achieved without any words what most films today can't with …
reviewed The General (1927 movie). September 02, 2007
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Pros: Keaton and the train     Cons: Glorification of the Confederacy (PC thugs need only apply for this one)     The Bottom Line: Ten bucks on the Washington Generals  & …
reviewed Der Golem. May 28, 2007
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Der Golem
Set in sixteenth-century Prague, THE GOLEM is a classic silent film based upon a relatively well-known Jewish legend. Even though the Jews of Prague have peacefully lived among the other residents of …
reviewed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 film). March 05, 2007
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 film)
Adapted from the famous novel by Victor Hugo, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME stars Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, the title character. In film begins with the people of Paris reveling and celebrating the Feast …
reviewed Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans. January 22, 2007
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Sunrise
Never had a silent film struck so loud a chord as that which is made in "Sunrise".     Directed by FW Murnau and released by Fox Films (before they merged with 20th Century Studios), …
reviewed Battleship Potemkin. July 07, 2006
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Battleship Potemkin
Pros: Historical significance, the famous Odessa Step sequence      Cons: Everything else      The Bottom Line: Historically significant, for history fans, not …
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