Silent

An old-fashioned but excellent melodrama film directed by D. W. Griffith.

From the Wikipedia entry for "The Conquering Power": The_Conquering_Power.jpg "The Conquering Power is a silent film made in 1921, directed by Rex Ingram and starring Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, and Ralph Lewis.

Avant-garde adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play. Rumors at the time of its production that the cast was all gay doomed its success with the mainstream public. However, the film is now perceived as a landmark of artistic cinema with its spectacle of striking visual images. With English intertitles and German subtitles.

Henriette and Louise, a foundling, are raised together as sisters. When Louise goes blind, Henriette swears to take care of her forever. They go to Paris to see if Louise's blindness can be cured, but are separated when an aristocrat lusts after Henriette and abducts her. Only Chevalier de Vaudrey is kind to her, and they fall in love. The French Revolution replaces the corrupt Aristocracy with the equally corrupt Robespierre. De Vaudrey, who has always been good to peasants, is condemned to death for being an aristocrat,

Director D.W. Griffith's expensive, most ambitious silent film masterpiece Intolerance (1916) is one of the milestones and landmarks in cinematic history. Many reviewers and film historians consider it the greatest film of the silent era. The mammoth film was also subtitled: "A Sun-Play of the Ages" and "Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages." Griffith was inspired to make this film after watching the revolutionary Italian silent film epic Cabiria (1914) by director Giovanni Pastrone.

Originally released Christmas 1910, this Edison production features Charles Ogle (Frankenstein) as Bob Cratchet. Remastered, retitled, tinted and new soundtrack added in 2010.

Buster Keaton stars in this comedy as the captive of hostile Indians. His captors tie him to a stake and prepare him for death by fire. Keaton moves with the stake as the Indians try frantically to place the firewood around him. When he survives the flames due to his fire-resistant clothes, Keaton is made a member of the tribe and named Little Chief Paleface. He then foils the scheme of unsavory oil speculators to steal the land from his Indian companion.

The opening scene, a dream sequence prior to the vaudeville routines which follow, is what makes this film famous. In it Keaton plays everyone in a theatre simultaneously (through multiple exposures). He is the band leader, all its members, the dancers on the stage and everyone in the audience.

Buster and Sybil exit a chapel as newlyweds. Among the gifts is a portable house you easily put together in one week

Features Rudolph Valentino in Ibanez's classic romantic tragedy about the rise and fall of a matador. This is a digest version, part of the "Silents Please" tv series, has a musical score and narration. You can find more information regarding about the full version of this film on its IMDb page.

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