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Laughing Gas 1914

16
Silent
USA

Another short Keystone film, one of the first movies Charlie Chaplin directed himself. It is an entertaining slapstick comedy with a lot of slapping, hitting and falling. Charlie plays a dental assistant that pretends to be a dentist.

Recreation 1914

7
Silent
USA

Charlie Chaplin - "All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl." In this short silent comedy, the Tramp is contemplating suicide, until a beautiful girl passes by and he changes his mind.

Shanghaied 1915

27
Silent
USA

Another great slapstick comedy made by Essanay Studios. directed, written and edited by Charlie Chaplin. A shipowner intends to scuttle his own ship and its contents in order to get some insurance money. The Tramp, totally unaware of its malicious plans, falls in love with his daughter (Edna Purviance) and gets mixed up in recruiting sailors for the ship.

The Cure 1917

1917
Silent
USA

The Cure is one of the 12 films Chaplin made with Mutual Films Company and one of his best and funniest shorts. Charlie plays an alcoholic - a role he perfected during his theater days in England. He checks into a health spa to dry out, but takes a suitcase full of alcohol with him and soon gets extremely drunk and throw the place into chaos.

The Face on the Bar Room Floor 1914

14
Silent
USA

A Keystone Studios Chaplin short film, Based on Hugh Antoine D'Arcy's poem of the same name. Charlie plays a painter that lost the woman he loves to a rich man. Afterward, he drinks more and more at the bar and draws her portrait on the barroom floor.

The Fireman 1916

24
Silent
USA

The Fireman is Chaplin's second film for the Mutual Film Corporation, and a typical silent occupation comedy. Charlie is a no-good fireman, abused by his chief (Eric Campbell). Edna Purviance is a local rich man's daughter whose father plots to have his house burn down in order to put his hand on the insurance money. However, when her father sets up the fire he doesn't realize that his daughter is still in her room. Now Charlie must save the girl.

The Floorwalker 1914

29
Silent
USA

The floorwalker is Chaplin's first Mutual Film Corporation film. Chaplin stars in his traditional Tramp persona, as a customer who creates havoc in a department store and becomes accidentally entangled in a scheme of the store manager and the store's floorwalker.

The Masquerader 1914

9
Silent
USA

Another Keystone short comedy, directed and written by Chaplin. In this film, we get a rare chance to see Charlie as himself, as the Tramp and as Senorita Chapelino - a female impersonator. Chaplin plays an actor in a film studio, who gets fired on his first day. However, he doesn't give up and returns the next day as the beautiful Senorita Chapelino.

The Vagabond 1916

34
Silent
USA

The Vagabond is the third film Chaplin made for Mutual Company and although not the funniest, certainly one of the most serious and interesting. Chaplin tells a melodramatic story with elements of melancholy, similar to those we can find in his later feature films. The Tramp is an impoverished street violinist who rescues a girl (Edna Purviance) from a band of gypsies.

Tillie's Punctured Romance 1914

82
Silent
USA

Tillie's Punctured Romance is the first feature-length slapstick comedy produced by the Keystone Film Company, and the last film Chaplin neither wrote nor directed. Directed by Mack Sennett and starring some of the most famous actors of this time such as Mabel Normand, Marie Dressler and the Keystone Cops. Chaplin plays a con artist who talks an innocent country girl Tillie into running off to the city with him and with her father's savings. There he abandons Tillie and runs off with her money and his beautiful ex-girlfriend Mabel.

Behind the Screen 1916

29
Silent
USA

Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.

Between Showers 1914

15
Silent
USA

Between Showers is Chaplin's fourth short film and an important stage in the evolution of the tramp. Charlie and a rival tramp compete over the heart of a young lady. Both of them try to help her cross the street and fight over an umbrella that the rival stole earlier from a policeman.

Blind Husbands 1919

92
Silent
USA

An Austrian military officer and roue' attempts to seduce the wife of a surgeon. The two men confront each other in a test of abilities that ends surprisingly.

Broken Blossoms 1919

90
Silent
USA

Young Lucy Battling lives under her father's iron rule. Out one day, she falls in love with Cheng Huan, newly arrived in London from China. This does not please her father, who attempts to break the bond by brute force.

Daisy Doodad’s Dial 1914

9
Silent
UK

Daisy and her husband both go in for a face-pulling contest, but when the big day comes she is unable to attend the competition, and her husband wins instead. When the next opportunity comes around, she is determined to win -- but gets a little over-enthusiastic on the way to the contest and finds herself in trouble! She is most ungrateful for her rescue; fate, however, catches up with her that night...

Dante's Inferno 1911

68
Silent
Italy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

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.

Easy Street 1917

23
Silent
USA

A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Gertie the Dinosaur 1914

12
Silent
USA

Winsor Z. McCay bets another cartoonist that he can animate a dinosaur. So he draws a big friendly herbivore called Gertie. Then he get into his own picture. Gertie walks through the picture, eats a tree, meets her creator, and takes him carefully on her back for a ride.

Hell’s Hinges 1916

64
Silent
USA

When Reverend Robert Henley and his sister Faith arrive in the town of Hell's Hinges, saloon owner Silk Miller and his cohorts sense danger to their evil ways. They hire gunman Blaze Tracy to run the minister out of town. But Blaze finds something in Faith Henley that turns him around, and soon Silk Miller and his compadres have Blaze to deal with.

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages 1916

163
Silent
USA

Intolerance and its terrible effects are examined in four historical eras. In ancient Babylon, a mountain girl is caught up in the religious rivalry that leads to the city's downfall. In Judea, the hypocritical Pharisees condemn Jesus Christ. In 1572 Paris, unaware of the impending St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, two young Huguenots prepare for marriage. Finally, in modern America, social reformers destroy the lives of a young woman and her beloved.

Joan the Woman 1916

138
Silent
USA

A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.

Kid Auto Races At Venice 1914

11
Silent
USA

Kid Auto Races at Venice is Chaplin's Little Tramp first cinematic appearance and the second film Chaplin participated in. Less than a half a year before, Chaplin was an obscure British vaudeville actor, without the slightest idea about filmmaking. Those early movies have a tremendous historical value and can be seen as a portrait of young Hollywood and an extremely rare look at one of its biggest talents learning and perfecting his craft.

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.

Male and Female 1919

116
Silent
USA

Lord Brockelhurst, his unwilling betrothed Lady Mary, his butler Crichton and scullery maid Tweeny are on Lord Loam's yacht which is wrecked leaving them all to cope on a desert island. Class distinctions fall apart for the time being.

Mickey 1918

93
Silent
USA

Mickey, an orphan who has been brought up in a mining settlement, is sent to New York to live with her aunt.

One A.M. 1916

22
Silent
USA

A one-man mime show. Charlie comes home drunk. Forgetting his key, he climbs in through the window, climbs back out with the key, and goes through the door. The rest are equilibrium gags, the central one being with his collapsible wall-bed.

Police 1916

34
Silent
USA

Police is Chaplin's 14th film with Essanay Studios. It is one of his best Essanay's shorts, managing to tell a coherent story with strong elements of social commentary. Charlie is an ex-convict who finds life on the outside too hard to bear, can't find a decent job (or any job at all) and then decides to burglarize a house with another ex-convict.

Regeneration 1915

72
Silent
USA

Owen Conway, the leader of a Bowery gang and the bouncer at a low-dive. rescues Marie Rose Deering, a pretty school teacher and a social worker, from insult and assault at the hands of one his his gang. This chance meeting arouses what good is left in him and, under her tutelage, and who he calls "my little Mamie Rose," he becomes as a little child among the angels. But death robs him of the influence that has raised him from the dregs.

Stella Maris 1918

84
Silent
USA

Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some people do. Unity Blake is a poor orphan all too familiar with the harsh realities of the real world. These two young women both fall in love with John, love which is complicated by the fact that he is still married to (though separated from) a bad wife.

The Adventurer 1917

24
Silent
USA

Charlie escapes from prison. After rescuing a girl and her mother from drowning, Charlie is invited to their home where a big party is held and he is treated like a hero. However, as a result Charlie's photo is printed in the newspapers and the prison guards come after him.

The Birth of a Nation 1915

165
Silent
USA

D.W. Griffith's epic tale of the American civil war, told primarily from the perspective of the South. The story is nominally that of two families, one from the north, the other the south, and the challenges they face during the war. Heavily slanted in favor of the Confederates, who are noble and right, against the Yankees who are degenerate and without scruples.

The Blue Bird 1918

75
Silent
USA

Two peasant children are led by a fairy to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. The fairy gives them a cap with a diamond setting, and when they turn the diamond, the children become aware of and conversant with the souls of a Dog and Cat, as well as of Fire, Water, Bread, Light, and other presumably inanimate things.

The Cheat 1915

59
Silent
USA

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

The Immigrant 1917

25
Silent
USA

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

The Outlaw and His Wife 1918

136
Silent
Sweden

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they flee and become two of the many outlaws of Iceland's mountains.

True Heart Susie 1919

61
Silent
USA

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his knowledge. Eventually he rises to a position of success and sophistication, and Susie realizes that she has through her own efforts raised him to a level where he is inaccessible to her.