THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
This week’s category might be just as difficult to pick from as the one about a month ago where we watched controversial films. I’m speaking of a Silent Film of course. And why is that going to be difficult you ask? Well, for one, we don’t watch many silent films today. Most people don’t understand the flow of a silent film and how the intertitles work, simply because we are so familiar with watching films with synchronized sound dialogue. But, it’s worth revisiting some silent films from the past because we can appreciate how much storytelling had to be done with the action instead of the words.
This week’s list comes from Open Culture and is a list of “101 Free Silent Films: The Great Classics.” Of course, you are welcome to pick films not on this list, many of which you can probably find at your local library. That said, there are some great silent films on this list, from the Russian Battleship Potemkin to Metropolis to Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 film The Gold Rush, there is something here for everyone.
I’m pretty sure I watch at least parts of this in college in some of my film history classes, but I’m not positive that I ever watched the entire thing, so I’m considering this a new movie for the purpose of this challenge. I also felt it was appropriate to watch an early adaptation of Dracula (albeit unofficial in this case) since we just had the release of the new Dracula film Renfield this weekend. Check out my weekly preview for more on that.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?