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Modern Times
Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary…
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A masterpiece of psychological horror and the film that has come to epitomize the mysterious highly stylized German Expressionist cinema. A demented hypnotist and his ghastly henchman spread death througout the German countryside. Newly remastered from the archival German material…
Metropolis
Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, Metropolis had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, restored in Germany with state-of-the-art digital technology, under the supervision of the Murnau Foundation, and with…
City Lights
City Lights, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for…
Nosferatu
This new presentation of Murnau's classic is mastered from original German material recently made available to Kino and is the most complete version available. An expressionist retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula so faithful to the original tale of vampirism that…
The Birth of a Nation
A profoundly influential and controversial film, this is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious…
Nanook of the North
Robert Flaherty made this wonderful film of Eskimo (Inuit) life following six years as an Artic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. Flaherty seized upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who reenacted episodes of their lives and…
Battleship Potemkin
Odessa - 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship's loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable - mutiny. Seizing control of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors' revolt becomes the…
Safety Last!
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd--the modern guy striving for success--is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last!…
A Trip to the Moon: In Its Original 1902 Colors/The Extraordinary Voyage
A Trip To The Moon (1902): The material for A Trip to the Moon is sourced from a restored color version that had been considered lost for several decades and is presented with an original soundtrack by the French band,…
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Berlin, Symphony of a Great City
At once an invaluable photographic record of life in Weimer Berlin and a timeless demonstration of the cinema's ability to enthrall on a purely visceral level, Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (Berlin, die Symphonie der Grosstadt) offers a kaleidoscopic…
The General
Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton's The General is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing.
Man With A Movie Camera - Musical Accompaniment by Michael Nyman
Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Startlingly modern, this film utilizes a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create…
The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterwork--which charts a prospector's search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)--forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the…
The Freshman
Harold Lloyd's biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman's careful plans inevitably go hilariously…
The Great Train Robbery
The genesis of the motion picture medium is vividly recreated in this unprecedented collection of the cinema's formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would…
LUMIERE'S FIRST PICTURE SHOWS (20 Films by Louis & Auguste Lumiere)
Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory, The Gardener, Arrival of a Train at La Ciot Station and many more are on display in Lumiere's First Picture Show; a collection of firsts from the filmakers that started a business of film production,…
The Kid
Charlie Chaplin was sitting atop the movie world in 1921 when he decided (against heavy studio resistance) to make The Kid, his first dramatic comedy -- a tale of an abandoned baby adopted by an impoverished tramp and the life…
A Christmas Past
A collection of nine enchanting films 1901-1925 offers a nostalgic peek into the Yuletide pleasures of the early 20th century.
Within Our Gates
In this early silent film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux, kindly Sylvia Landry (Flo Clements) takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of collecting $5,000 to keep a Southern school for impoverished black children open to the public. She…
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