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Berlin: Symphony of a Great City 1927

65
Silent
Germany

A train speeds through the country on its way to Berlin, then gradually slows down as it pulls into the station. It is very early in the morning, about 5:00 AM, and the great city is mostly quiet. But before long there are some signs of activity, and a few early risers are to be seen on the streets. Soon the new day is well underway - it's just a typical day in Berlin, but a day full of life and energy.

Destiny 1921

105
Silent
Germany

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Different from the Others 1919

50
Silent
Germany

Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

Faust 1926

116
Silent
Germany

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Filmstudie 1926

7
Silent
Germany

Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

Girls in Uniform 1931

88
Talky
Germany

Manuela is a spirited and independent teenager sent to a boarding school when her mother dies. The Prussian principal runs the school with an iron hand, believing that discipline and hunger strengthen a girl's character. Like the rest of the girls, Manuela develops a crush on Elizabeth Von Bernburg, a young teacher who believes it's important to be the children's trusted friend.

M 1931

117
Talky
Germany

A psychotic child murderer stalks a city, and despite an exhaustive investigation fueled by public hysteria and outcry, the police have been unable to find him. But the police crackdown does have one side-affect, it makes it nearly impossible for the organized criminal underground to operate. So they decide that the only way to get the police off their backs is to catch the murderer themselves.

Madame DuBarry 1919

85
Silent
Germany

The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.

Metropolis 1927

153
Silent
Germany

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Michael 1924

86
Silent
Germany

Mikaël is an artist who rises as his teacher, the aging Zoret, falls. Then Mikaël takes up with the Princess Zamikoff, selling gifts from Zoret and even stealing from the master to pay for his carnal and luxurious life with her. He abandons Zoret, whose health begins to fail but who also discovers spirituality in his solitude.

Mr Delaware and the Boxing Kangaroo 1895

1
Silent
Germany

Boxing Kangaroo (German:Das Boxende Känguruh) is an 1895 German short black-and-white silent documentary film, directed and produced by Max Skladanowsky, which features a Kangaroo boxing against a man against a white background at the Circus Busch. The film, which premiered at the first public projection of motion pictures in Germany on November 1, 1895, was filmed on 35 mm film and is 18 feet in length. The "groundbreaking production", was, according to WildFilmHistory, "a huge success", which, ""espite being intended for entertainment rather than as a scientific behaviour study", "revealed animal actions in a way that had never been seen before", and, "exposed the potential for future films concerning wildlife and natural history".

Nosferatu 1922

94
Silent
Germany

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Pandora’s Box 1929

133
Silent
Germany

G.W. Pabst's film that catapulted Louise Brooks to international acclaim and made her 'the' icon of the Jazz Age tells the tragic story of Lulu, the hedonistic dancer and prostitute. Based on the plays of F. Wedekind.

People on Sunday 1930

74
Silent
Germany

The film follows the lives of a group of residents of Berlin on a summer's day during the interwar period, filmed over a succession of Sundays in the summer of 1929. The actors were amateurs whose day jobs were those that they portrayed in the film.

Symphonie diagonale 1924

5
Silent
Germany

This short film is a visual rather than musical symphony. A cacophony of animated geometric figures appear in succession, much like a musical piece where idioms or themes emerge. All the figures have in common that they are oriented either approximately minus thirty degrees from the horizontal plane or approximately plus thirty degrees from the horizontal plane.

Tartüff 1925

74
Silent
Germany

Young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance.

The Burning Soil 1922

110
Silent
Germany

The film follows the story of a struggle over a plot of petroleum-rich land.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920

78
Silent
Germany

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders.

The Diary of a Lost Girl 1929

104
Silent
Germany

Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world.

The Joyless Street 1925

125
Silent
Germany

The film follows the lives of two women from the same poor neighborhood, as they try to better themselves during the period of Austrian postwar hyperinflation. They are Marie, who becomes a prostitute, and Grete, who at the last moment, is saved from that fate.

The Last Laugh 1924

77
Silent
Germany

An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933

122
Talky
Germany

A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

The Threepenny Opera 1931

112
Talky
Germany

In London, rascal Mackie Messer is 'king of the thieves' and an irresistible pimp. When he meets Polly Peachum on the street, he invites her for a drink and they soon marry. When Polly's father Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum a.k.a. 'the king of the beggars' learns about the marriage of his daughter, he presses the chief of police Jackie "Tiger" Brown to arrest his friend Mackie.

Vampyr 1932

70
Talky
Germany / France

A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

Waxworks 1924

65
Silent
Germany

A poet is hired by the owner of a wax museum in a circus to write tales about Harun al Raschid, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper. While writing, the poet and the daughter of the owner, Eva, fantasize the fantastic stories and fall in love for each other.