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Friday, September 24, 2010

1921

Blades af Satans bog / Leaves from Satan's Book (Carl Theodor Dreyer)

TOP TIER:
The Boat (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline)
Destiny (Fritz Lang)
Dream Street (D.W. Griffith)
The Goat (Buster Keaton and Malcolm St. Clair)
The 'High Sign' (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline)
The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
Leaves From Satan's Book (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty)
Orphans of the Storm (D.W. Griffith)
The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström)
The Play House (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
The Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley)
Adventures of Tarzan (Robert F. Hill and Scott Sidney)
Be My Wife (Max Linder)
The Conquering Power (Rex Ingram)Eldorado (Marcel L'Herbier)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rex Ingram)
Hamlet (Svend Gade and Heinz Schall)Hard Luck (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline)
The Haunted House (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline)
Jesse James as the Outlaw (Franklin B. Coates)
Johan (Mauritz Stiller)
The Idle Class (Charles Chaplin)
Leap Year (James Cruze)
Little Lord Fauntleroy (Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford)
Love Never Dies (King Vidor)
Missing Husbands (Jacques Feyder)
Miss Lulu Bett (William C. de Mille)
Never Weaken (Fred C. Newmeyer)
Nobody (Roland West)
The Nut (Theodore Reed)
Parisette (Louis Feuillade)
The Pet (Winsor McCay)
A Sailor-Made Man (Fred C. Newmeyer)
Seven Years Bad Luck (Max Linder)
The Sheik (George Melford)
The Sky Pilot (King Vidor)
La terre (Andre Antoine)
The Three Musketeers (Fred Niblo)
Tol'able David (Henry King)
The Wildcat (Ernst Lubitsch)

The 'High Sign' (Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline)






3 comments:

Chris said...

I'm curious why Sjöström's highly regarded Phantom Carriage gets "relegated" to the lower level? Coupled with The Wind it is usually touted as his best, must-see work, and also a key film of the silent Swedish era. It's also a personal concern, in my eyes his film trumps everything else on the Top Tier list.

Jaime said...

I did it to mess with you, of course!

Seriously, though, I'm open to considering promoting or adding any film. But "relegated" is kind of a misleading word, since films don't make "Essential Viewing" unless they are - or strongly SEEM to be - essential viewing. Relegated might describe "Further Investigation," but it would more accurately describe "titles you don't see here."

I'll push PHANTOM CARRIAGE to the top. Thanks!

Chris said...

Please don't take offense. The use of quotation marks were meant to take off some of the sting the word might have. Obviously Essential Viewing films should be held in esteem, the title itself tells me that. I just thought that The Phantom Carriage deserved more.

Thank you for listening and of course for your continued efforts.