1927: Wings

Probably the greatest war film of the silent age. Two city boys from well-off families, Jack and David, fall in love with the same girl. When the USA joins WW1, they both enlist in the Air Corps and become fighter pilots. They become best friends and put their rivalry on the back burner. Meanwhile Jack’s…

1926: The Black Pirate

  A merchant ship is attacked by pirates. They pillage the ship then blow it up, crew and all. Two survivors are washed up on a beach – the man we come to know as The Black Pirate, and his father who soon dies from his ordeal. The younger man swears revenge. When the pirates…

1925: The Lost World

From the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, and best remembered today as the precursor to King Kong. Mildly unhinged explorer Professor Challenger returns to London from an expedition to the Amazon, where he claims to have found an isolated land, high on a plateau in the jungle, still populated by dinosaurs. Unfortunately all his photographs…

1924: Sherlock Junior

Phew, a tough choice this year – which is partly why it’s taken me so long to get round to it. Someone said I should pick more esoteric films than I have been, since everyone’s familiar with Chaplin, Lloyd etc – but having covered those two I can hardly let Keaton off the hook –…

1923: Safety Last

Safety Last Yes, it’s the film with one of the most iconic images of the silent period, Harold Lloyd hanging off that clock. I’m not planning to do the most obvious or famous films from each year, nor necessarily the ones I happen to like best – I just wanted to do this one. Anyone…

1922: Haxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages

This year brought two of the greatest early horror films, F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu”, and Benjamin Christensen’s “Haxan”. I’ve watched them both this week but I’ve picked “Haxan” as my film for the year as it’s the more neglected of the two. “Haxan” is what would today be called a drama-documentary. It’s a picturesque tour of…

1921: The Kid

We’re not done with Chaplin yet. No apologies – this is a great film, also it’s the only feature film in my collection from that year. Simple plot – A poor and unmarried young mother abandons her baby in a car outside a mansion. Soon she regrets it and goes back but the car has…