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American Silent Classics

When her marriage to Neville Montague (John Gilbert) is stopped by his strict father, impetuous, aristocratic Diana Merrick (Greta Garbo) throws her bonnet over a few more windmills and marries a charming scoundrel (Johnny Mack Brown). After his arrest and suicide, Neville now married, returns to ... Read more
A Woman of Paris, the first serious drama by Charlie Chaplin, has not been available for general audiences since the late 1920s. The film was made in 1923, written and directed by Chaplin, and quickly became a major influence on other film-makers, including Sergei Eisenstein, René Clair and Ernst ... Read more
Edited version. ... When Juan Gallardo takes up bull-fighting in his native Spanish town, his family overcome their initial disapproval when they discover the financial advantages. Juan marries Carmen, his childhood sweetheart, but his auspicious career is threatened when he meets Dona Sol, the ... Read more
This was Murnau's last completed film. It is the story of a strictly brought up son of a farmer, who comes to the bustling city of Chicago to sell the wheat crop. Here, he meets and fails in love with a waitress who works in a cafe. They marry, and the young man takes her back to Oregon. ... The ... Read more
Felicitas, a married woman falls in love with Leo, her husband discovers the affair and challenges Leo, who kills him Leo is ordered to leave the country for a period, he leaves Felicitas in the care of his close friend Ulrich. ... The same fatal enchantment ensues, and when Leo returns four years ... Read more
One of the great silent films, The Crowd, is about John, an ambitious young man who fails in love and marries only to find that family life and ambition don't mix. Cast with unknown players, the film was a big critical success in its day ... Read more
Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Paramount and CIC. ... General Dolgorucki is first seen as a quivering recluse, hiding in a rented room in Hollywood and struggling against old age. ... By chance, the Russian director, Leo Andreyev sees his photograph while casting for a new ... Read more
The Patsy is the screen version of the stage play of the same title by Barry Connors, and many titles take over, verbatim, the witty lines of the play 'The Patsy' of the story is a younger sister who is imposed upon by an older sister and a mother, who favours the older daughter . ... Father takes ... Read more
Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art New York, MGM and CIC ... A sensitive young girl from Virginia goes to live with her cousin (Orlamond) and his coarse insensitive wife (Cummings) on a lonely and windy Texas prairie. The wife resents the additional burden of keeping the young girl, and to ... Read more
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