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Orphans of the Storm (1921)

The French Revolution turns out to be a very good match for DW Griffith.

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Way Down East (1920)

This is the fourth DW Griffith film I’ve watched in my tour through film history, and the fourth starring Lillian Gish.

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Within Our Gates (1920)

For the first hour or so of its 75 minutes, Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates is far more compelling as a historical artifact than as cinema.

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Broken Blossoms (1919)

DW Griffith, the premier American epic filmmaker of the 1910s, had his biggest financial stumble in the hugely ambitious, 3.5-hour Intolerance.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

In the the late 1910s-1920s, a bunch of German filmmakers invented the tone and aesthetics of horror movies amidst postwar defeat drudgery in a movement called “German expressionism.”

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Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

The problem with choosing “intolerance” as a theme for your time-sprawling opus is that it is so shapeless and blunt as to lose all meaning.

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The Vampires (Les Vampires) (1915)

The film serial was an early cinema format that is, honestly, more familiar today than ever, though through a different mechanism:

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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

I don’t even know where to begin. Imagine me staring speechless at a blank text box for several minutes as the prelude to this review.

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The Great Train Robbery (1903)

As usual, the Americans got there after the Europeans, but did it with more scope and spectacle.

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A Trip to the Moon (1902)

As I dive deeper and deeper into film history with The Goods and my expanded set of movie reviews, I’d like to more systematically expand my understanding and coverage of film history.