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Behind Green Lights 1946

64
Talky
USA

This B crime drama takes place during a single night in a midwestern city. Police lieutenant investigates the murder of a local detective after the victim is found in an abandoned car.

1

Cabiria 1914

148
Silent
Italy

During the Punic Wars in the third century B.C. the little girl Cabiria, and her nurse Croessa, are abducted during the confusion caused by an eruption of Mount Etna. Cabiria is sold in Carthage to be sacrificed in the temple of Moloch. Fulvio Axilla, a Roman spy, and his slave, Maciste, rescue her and she ends up in the care of Queen Sophonisba. Ten years later, after many wars and alliances, Carthage falls to the Romans and Cabiria returns home with Fulvio.

2

D.O.A. 1950

83
Talky
USA

Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.

3

Detour 1945

67
Talky
USA

In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble...

4

Fear in the Night 1947

72
Talky
USA

An intriguing low-budget film noir about a nightmare that turns out, or becomes true. A man dreams he committed murder with an unknown woman in a strange, mirrored room. Probably only a dream... but he finds real bruises and physical objects from his so called dream. The movie is based on the story "And So to Death" by Cornell Woolrich.

5

Shed No Tears 1948

70
Talky
USA

June Vincent as Edna, a devious femme fatale who convinces her husband to fake his own death in order to get $50,000 from his insurance company and live a life of luxury. Unfortunately for her husband, her real plan is to live a life of luxury with her lover. A classic B noir with great acting and a well-written story.

6

The Big Bluff 1955

70
Talky
USA

This little-known film noir was directed and produced by W. Lee Wilder, Billy Wilder's probably less-talented brother. A scheming fortune hunter seduces a sick, wealthy widow to marry him, knowing that she has only a year to live. When his newlywed wife starts to recover, he decides to alter his plans.

7

The Green Glove 1951

88
Talky
USA

The Green Glove is a priceless medieval relic, stolen from a French church during World War II. Michael Blake (Glenn Ford) has to find it and bring it back. A worth watching crime movie with a great cast.

8

The Man Who Cheated Himself 1950

81
Talky
USA

The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) is a crime film noir about Ed, a homicide detective who witnessed his girlfriend kill her husband. The good news is that Ed himself is assigned to investigate the case. The bad news is that his hotshot younger brother is assigned to the case with him.

9

Time Table 1956

79
Talky
USA

This forgotten crime film-noir directed and starring by Mark Stevens is a well-plotted and acted movie about an almost-perfect crime. An insurance investigator finds his daily life unbearably boring and decides to become a criminal. He plans a flawless train robbery. However, he soon discovers that there is no such thing as the perfect crime.

10

Waterfront 1944

68
Talky
USA

A Nazi spy working as an optometrist in San Francisco waterfront district discovers that his code book, containing names of his fellow Nazi agents, has been stolen. Now he will do everything to get it back.

11

A Corner in Wheat 1909

14
Silent
USA

A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.

12

A Farewell to Arms 1932

80
Talky
USA

A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry's feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.

13

A Life at Stake 1954

78
Talky
USA

Also known as Key Man, this film-noir tells the story of an unemployed out-of-luck architect that encounters a married woman who has an unexpected business proposal for him. Soon the architect begins to suspect the woman's motives.

14

A Page of Madness 1926

59
Silent
Japan

A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

15

A Star Is Born 1937

111
Talky
USA

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

16

Algiers 1938

96
Talky
USA

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

17

Arsenal 1929

90
Silent
Soviet Union

Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides with a national celebration of Ukrainian freedom, but the festivities are not to last as a disenchanted.

18

Attack on a China Mission 1900

4
Silent
UK

The titles tell us this film is based on an incident in the Boxer Rebellion. A man tries to defend a woman and a large house against Chinese attackers. They attack with swords, guns, and paddles. He's over-matched. What will become of the mission, its defenders, and its occupants?

19

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.

20

Blood and Sand 1922

80
Silent
USA

Juan is the son of a poor widow in Seville. Against his mother's wishes he pursues a career as toreador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol, and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance.

21

Blood on the Sun 1945

98
Talky
USA

An American journalist in 1930s Japan decides to expose the government's scheme for world domination.

22

Body and Soul 1925

102
Silent
USA

A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving them both to ruin.

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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.

24

Cause for Alarm! 1951

74
Talky
USA

This 1951 Film-Noir suspense movie is based on a short story by Larry Marcus. Mr. Jones is an invalid husband who wrongfully believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also conspiring to kill him. He describes that suspicion in a letter, which creates a serious concern when he suffers a fatal collapse and die.

25

College 1927

66
Silent
USA

To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete.

26

Cyrano de Bergerac 1950

112
Talky
USA

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten.

27

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.

28

Day of Resurrection 1980

156
Talky
Japan

A military-engineered virus, released during a plane crash, kills the entire human population. The only survivors are scientists in Antarctica, who desperately try to find a cure and save what is left of the planet from further destruction.

29

Dick Tracy meets Gruesome 1947

65
Talky
USA

The last movie in Dick Tracy's film series, based on the comic strip character created by Chester Gould. It is another great 1940s crime B-film, while not extraordinary, still more remarkable than other low budget B-film noirs of its time. In this movie, probably the best of the four, Dick Tracy has to confront a villain using a nerve gas to rob banks. Boris Karloff is extremely creepy and charismatic as the main villain.

30

Dick Tracy's Dilemma 1947

60
Talky
USA

Based on the 1930s comic strip character of Dick Tracy created by Chester Gould, this movie is the third in the film series. One of the most stylish films in the series, blends a noirish atmosphere with the classic detective story. Dick Tracy (Ralph Byrd in a great performance) investigates fur coats theft, also connected to several brutal murders.

31

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.

32

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1920

49
Silent
USA

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

33

Earth 1930

75
Silent
Soviet Union

Dovzhenko’s Earth is the third part of his “War Trilogy” (alongside Zvenigora and Arsenal). This film poem describes the collective experiences of the Ukranian proles’ lives, exploring life, death and the poetic possibilities of cinema itself. It has been an important influence on film directors such as Andrei Tarkovsky and is considered to be one of the greatest silent films ever made.

34

Escape from Sobibor 1987

143
Talky
UK / Yugoslavia

The historical recreation of the escape from the Nazi Death Camp Sobibor, where approximately one-quarter million Jews were executed. Of approximately 600 prisoners who attempted escaped in October 1943, around 300 succeeded. However, nearly all were ultimately recaptured; only about 60 people survived Sobibor.

35

Evel Knievel 1971

88
Talky
USA

Biography of the famed motorcycle daredevil, much of which was filmed in his home town of Butte, Montana. The film depicts Knievel reflecting on major events in his life just before a big jump.

36

Extravagance 1930

71
Talky
USA

Alice's mother has impoverished herself to provide Alice with the luxuries of the high society. When Alice gets married she continues to demand the luxury she is used to - a sable coat in particular. Her husband's business, however, is going under and he just can't afford the coat. How far will Alice go in order to achieve her goal?

37

Faust 1926

116
Silent
Germany

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

38

Foolish Wives 1922

117
Silent
USA

Count Karanzim, a Don Juan is with his cousins in Monte Carlo, living from faked money and the money he gets from rich ladies, who are attracted by his charmes and his title or his militaristic and aristocratic behaviour. He tries to have success with Mrs Hughes, the wife of the new US ambassador.

39

Gangster Story 1959

65
Talky
USA

Jack Martin is a gangster who hides from the law. Low in funds, he decides to rob a small bank. However, now not only the FBI and the police are after him, but also the outrageous local mob boss.

40

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.

41

Great Expectations 1946

118
Talky
UK

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Based on Charles Dickens's classic.

42

His Girl Friday 1940

92
Talky
USA

Walter Burns, the editor of a major Chicago newspaper, is about to lose his ace reporter and former wife, Hildy Johnson, to insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin, but not without a fight! The crafty editor uses every trick in his fedora to get Hildy to write one last big story, about murderer Earl Williams and the inept Sheriff Hartwell. The comedy snowballs as William's friend, Molly Malloy, the crooked Mayor, and Bruce's mother all get tied up in Walter's web.

43

Histoire d'un crime 1901

5
Silent
France

The cell of a man condemned to death. He's sleeping and dreaming about the past that brought him to prison: a frantic pace of living, bad friendships, alcoholism, the murder of a bank-employer. At the end he dreams of climbing up scaffolding, and he suddenly wakes up...

44

Humanity and Paper Balloons 1937

86
Talky
Japan

The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved in the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters.

45

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923

133
Silent
USA

In fifteenth century Paris, Jehan, the evil brother of the archdeacon, plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt, which eventually leads to the peasants storming the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Meanwhile, Jehan's slave, a freakish hunchback named Quasimodo, falls in love with the young gypsy queen, Esmeralda, who in turn is in love with Phoebus, a gentleman soldier and a rogue with the ladies. Phoebus's gallant side is awakened by the beautiful peasant girl, and he soon returns her love. Unknown to him, his love is dangerous, because Jehan lusts for Esmeralda and is willing to kill the handsome soldier to possess her. But the hunchback will tolerate no harm coming to her, not even if it comes from his own master.

46

Impact 1949

101
Talky
USA

An unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

47

In Which We Serve 1942

114
Talky
UK

This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

48

Indiscreet 1931

92
Talky
USA

A classic Pre-Code comedy movie, starring Silent-screen queen Gloria Swanson. Geraldine has grown tired of her boyfriend's infidelities and she finally decides to break up with him. Soon she meets and falls in love with a new man. Her new relationship turns out very well until her sister returns from a trip and introduces Geraldine's ex-boyfriend as the new man in her life.

49

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.

50

The Chinese Connection 1972

102
Talky
Hong Kong

Returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancée, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his sifu has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. The bullying continues, with Chen fighting back, but when he discovers the truth - that his teacher was poisoned on the orders of the dojo's master - he sets off on a doomed mission of revenge.

51

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.

52

Kansas City Confidential 1952

99
Talky
USA

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.

53

La souriante Madame Beudet 1921

54
Silent
France

One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver.

54

La Vie du Christ 1906

33
Silent
France

The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.

55

Lot in Sodom 1933

28
Talky
USA

Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic finale depicting the fall of a city devoted to sins of the flesh. Digitally mastered from excellent 35mm elements. Lot In Sodom has its original experimental soundtrack by Alec Wilder.

56

Love Affair 1939

88
Talky
USA

While in a cruise from Europe to New York to get married with his fiancée and heir of a great fortune in USA, the bachelor sportsman Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) meets the gorgeous former night-club singer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne), who is returning to her supportive boy-friend, and they have a love affair and fall in love for each other. They schedule to reunite on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building six months later, on July 1st, to decide whether they should marry each other or not.

57

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.

58

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.

59

Made for Each Other 1939

92
Talky
USA

John and Jane get married after one day of acquaintance. John's mother disapproves of the marriage. The couple struggles to get through their first year of marriage, tormented by money problems and by sickness. Nevertheless, their love never falters.

60

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.

61

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1971

74
Talky
USA

After finding out that the hippie lifestyle isn't as glamorous as the media makes it look, Dennie comes home to find disapproval and judgment at every turn, and her sister Susie wanting to follow in her footsteps.

62

Meet John Doe 1941

122
Talky
USA

A down-on-his-luck homeless man is hired by a major newspaper to be the voice behind a fictional protest letter about society's ills and in the process a nationwide political movement is begun that culminates with the threat of a leap from the roof of City Hall on a cold Christmas Eve night.

63

Ménilmontant 1926

38
Silent
France

A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

64

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.

65

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.

66

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.

67

Mother 1926

89
Silent
Soviet Union

Russian director Vsevolod I. Pudovkin's "Mother" is the chronicle of an individual's transformation from political naivete to Marxist awareness set during the 1905 Russian Revolution. Pudovkin uses innovative montage techniques and camera angles to tell this bold story of national unrest through the eyes of a working class woman.

68

Nothing Sacred 1937

77
Talky
USA

To redeem himself after a hoax, reporter Wallace Cook proposes a series of stories on doomed Hazel Flagg. Hazel discovers she really doesn't have radium poisoning, but still accepts the big fling in New York that Cook offers her. At first, she has a great time, but complications arise when she and Wally fall in love, and an Austrian specialist discovers that Hazel is faking.

69

October: Ten Days That Shook the World 1928

142
Silent
Soviet Union

October is a 1928 Soviet silent historical film by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov. It is a celebratory dramatization of the 1917 October Revolution commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the event.

70

Of Human Bondage 1934

83
Talky
USA

Of Human Bondage is a classic, compelling pre-code melodrama about love and obsession, directed by John Cromwell. A young man is attracted to an unfeeling waitress who may eventually destroy them both. Bette Davis larger than life persona makes this film widely considered as the movie that made her a star.

71

Oliver Twist 1933

80
Talky
USA

The earliest Hollywood Sound Version of Charles Dickens's novel, this American Pre-Code movie was made on an extremely low budget. It tells the classic story of a young orphan in 1830's London that is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the grips of a gang of criminals.

72

Orphans of the Storm 1921

150
Silent
USA

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

73

Osaka Elegy 1936

71
Talky
Japan

A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.

74

Our Neighbor, Miss Yae 1934

76
Talky
Japan

Keitaro (Obinata Den) is a law student and Yaeko (Aizome Yumeko) is a high school girl. They are neighbors, and their friendship is starting to develop into something more romantic. Then, Yaeko's sister Kyouko (Okada Yoshiko) has a breakup with her husband and returns home. Kyouko is clearly interested in Keitaro and Yae becomes anxious.

75

Our Town 1940

90
Talky
USA

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

76

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.

77

Passing Fancy 1933

100
Silent
Japan

After the death of his wife, a man struggles to raise his son in nearly overwhelming poverty. When the father meets a beautiful young woman, the son becomes jealous of his father's attentions, and conflict arises between them.

78

Penny Serenade 1941

119
Talky
USA

As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she begins to play through a stack of recordings, each of which reminds her of events in their lives together. One of them is the song that was playing when she and Roger first met in a music store. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows that they have shared. A flood of memories comes back to her as she ponders their present problems and how they arose.

79

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.

80

Poppy 1935

72
Talky
Japan

Based on Soseki Natsume's 1908 novel of the same title, Poppy is an ornately complicated story of desire and ambition. Fujio is beautiful, talented, well-heeled, and engaged to Munechika, a rising young diplomat. But she falls in love with Ono, a student employed to tutor her in English, who is attracted by her beauty and wealth.

81

Port of New York 1949

82
Talky
USA

A violent little Noir directed by László Benedek, one of the first movies to be shot in a semidocumentary style, on location in New York City. Two narcotics agents go after a vicious gang of drug dealers, headed by Paul Vicola (Yul Brynner in his first film role), a ruthless psychopath who listens to avant-garde music and murders anyone who stands in his way.

82

Pygmalion 1938

96
Talky
UK

Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady.

83

Q Planes 1939

82
Talky
UK

Also known as Clouds Over Europe, This British spy film tells the story of a British secret service man who suspects that the disappearance of a number of experimental planes is more than just a coincidence.

84

Redes 1936

65
Talky
Mexico

A story of burgeoning labor rights amongst poor fishermen in a small village in Mexico.

85

Reefer Madness 1936

66
Talky
USA

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

86

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.

87

Rescued by Rover 1905

7
Silent
UK

A dog leads its master to his kidnapped baby.

88

Sagebrush Trail 1933

54
Talky
USA

John Brant escapes jail after being wrongly accused of murder then joins a gang hoping to find the real killer. The real killer happens to be a member of the gang and he suspects Brant is up to no good.

89

Santa Fe Trail 1940

110
Talky
USA

In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.

90

Scarlet Street 1945

103
Talky
USA

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.

91

Sisters of the Gion 1936

69
Talky
Japan

Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him.

92

Song at Midnight 1937

113
Talky
China

China's first horror film, loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. A disfigured musical genius roams a traditional Chinese opera house, punishing those who offend him.

93

Sparrows 1926

84
Silent
USA

Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

94

Spring in a Small Town 1948

98
Talky
China

The film takes place following WWII and with China brought to its knees by the actions of the Japanese, prior to the rise of the Communists led by Chairman Mao. Wei Wei plays a woman who lives a lonely life, shackled by her care for her gentle, but ill husband (Shi Yu)- that is until her first love reappears into her life. This is Fei's penultimate film as director, but is still enjoyed by many today as one of his best works.

95

Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928

70
Silent
USA

Following through on a promise to his mother, William Canning Jr. goes to River Junction to meet his father who has not seen him since he was a child. The younger Canning isn't quite what the elder was expecting but the old man has bigger problems. He's being put out of business by J.J. King, who not only owns the local hotel and bank, but has recently introduced a new paddle wheel steamer that puts Cannings older boat, the Stonewall Jackson, to shame. Bill Jr. and Kitty King take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty, her father and his father.

96

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.

97

Storm Over Asia 1928

82
Silent
Soviet Union

In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him. In 1920 he helps the partisans fight for the Soviets against the occupying army. However he is captured when the army tries to requisition cattle from the herdsmen at the same time as the commandant meets with the reincarnated Grand Lama. After being shot, the army discovers an amulet that suggests he was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. They find him still alive, so the army restores his health and plans to use him as the head of a Mongolian puppet regime.

98

Strike 1925

82
Silent
Soviet Union

Laborers at a locomotive factory go on strike to protest harsh working conditions. Management rejects their demands and decides to break the strike by any means necessary.

99

Suddenly 1954

75
Talky
USA

Suddenly is one of the least known thrillers from the 50s and still extremely tense and brisk. The tranquility of the small town of "Suddenly" is interrupted when three gangsters trap the U.S. president when passing through the town. An overwhelming performance of Frank Sinatra as a cold-blooded assassin.

100

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas 1931

86
Silent
USA

In his final film, F.W. Murnau presents the tale of two young lovers on the idyllic island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific. Their life is shattered when the old warrior declares the girl to be the Chosen Maid and it is forbidden for any man to even look upon her. Refusing to accept a life apart, they run off to another island, one that is decadent and westernized. The boy works as a pearl diver but not quite understanding the concept of money, is soon in debt. When the old warrior tracks them down they again plan to run away but in a desperate attempt to pay off his debts, the boy dives for pearls in shark-infested waters. The boy is successful but fate seems determined to keep the two lovers apart.

101

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.

102

The Assassination of the Duke of Guise 1908

15
Silent
France

Lasting longer than was then usual, about 15 minutes, the film more or less accurately depicts the events of the day in 1588 when King Henry III (played by co-director Le Bargy) summoned his powerful rival, Duke Henri de Guise, to his chambers at the Château de Blois and had him brutally murdered. The film has its share of lurid thrills, and the pacing is quick throughout, with better acting than most films of the time, and staged in a somewhat theatrical manner.

103

The Battle of Algiers 1966

121
Talky
Italy / Algeria

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.

104

The Big Combo 1955

84
Talky
USA

Filmed by Legendary cinematographer John Alton, This film-noir detective classic is considered to be one of the most innovative movies of the genre. police Lt. Diamond is ordered to close his investigation of deadly mob boss Mr. Brown because he hasn't been able to collect any firm evidence against him. Diamond makes one last effort to reveal Brown's crimes by going to Brown's girlfriend.

105

The Big Lift 1950

120
Talky
USA

In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin.

106

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.

107

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble 1976

96
Talky
USA

Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS). As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against bacteria and virus, his food is specially prepared, and his only human contact comes in the form of gloved hands. The movie follows his life into a teenager.

108

The Burning Soil 1922

110
Silent
Germany

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

109

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.

110

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.

111

The Docks of New York 1928

76
Silent
USA

A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide.

112

The End of St. Petersburg 1927

85
Silent
Soviet Union

A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to fight in World War I. After three years, he returns ready for revolution.

113

The Fast and the Furious 1955

73
Talky
USA

A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car, hostage and slip into a cross-border sports car race to try to make it to Mexico before the police get him.

114

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921

132
Silent
USA

An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

115

The Goddess 1934

73
Silent
China

Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China.

116

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.

117

The Jackie Robinson Story 1950

76
Talky
USA

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

118

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.

119

The Last Alarm 1940

61
Talky
USA

The Last Alarm offers a cheesy combination of melodrama, crime and comedy. J. Farrell McDonald plays A veteran fireman who is forced to retire by the Fire Department but still yearns for action. Luckily, he is soon hired by a young insurance investigator to look into series of arsons.

120

The Last Command 1928

88
Silent
USA

A decorated, aristocratic Czarist General is reduced to penury after the collapse of Imperial Russia. An old adversary, now a successful director hires the general to re-enact the revolution which deposed him.

121

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.

122

The Last of the Mohicans 1920

73
Silent
USA

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua. Fighting to rescue the women are Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last of the Mohican tribe, and their white ally, the frontiersman Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye.

123

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954

116
Talky
USA

Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy staying in Paris after his discharge and working for a news organization. He would try to write his great novel and that would come between Charlie, his wife and his daughter.

124

The Legend of Boggy Creek 1972

90
Talky
USA

A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

125

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra 1928

11
Silent
USA

This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead), after which he dies and goes on to Heaven where the number is removed.

126

The Life and Passion of Christ 1907

44
Silent
France

Life and Passion of the Christ is one of the earliest feature-length narrative films. The film, with sequences made in the stencil color process Pathéchrome, takes a straightforward approach to its subject matter. All scenes are introduced by an inter-title giving the traditional name of the event (the Annunciation, the Nativity, etc.) followed by the actors playing out the familiar stories from the Gospels. Other than the scene titles, there are no other inter-titles.

127

The Little Princess 1939

93
Talky
USA

In Victorian England little Sara Crewe's widowed father is sent to the Boer War. When he is reported killed the evil head mistress at her boarding school turns Sara into a servant.

128

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927

Silent
UK

A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting's daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger.

129

The Man Who Laughs 1928

110
Silent
USA

When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

130

The Man Who Walked Alone 1945

70
Talky
USA

In this great comedy-drama B film, a young war hero returns home following a medical discharge. He manages a lift from a young woman on the run from her own wedding, after stealing her fiance's car.

131

The Man with the Golden Arm 1955

119
Talky
USA

Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction.

132

The Masseurs and a Woman 1938

66
Talky
Japan

Two blind masseurs Toku and Fuku walk to a mountain retreat to work for the season. The film follows Toku and his interactions with his blind colleagues and various guests from the inns. Toku is attracted to a mysterious single woman, whom he can tell is from Tokyo by her scent. She is intrigued by him, but also makes friends with another visitor from Tokyo who is traveling with his young nephew. The bored nephew, looking for amusement, meets with the woman from Tokyo, as well as with Toku. A rash of thefts at the inns soon after they arrive causes Toku suspect one of these guests

133

The Only Son 1936

87
Talky
Japan

In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune) decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen years later, she visits her son Ryosuke Nonomiya (Shinichi Himori), and finds that he is a poor and frustrated night-school teacher with a wife, Sugiko (Yoshiko Tsubouchi), and a baby boy.

134

The Outlaw 1943

116
Talky
USA

Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

135

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.

136

The Penalty 1920

90
Silent
USA

Blizzard, deranged from a childhood operation in which both his legs were perhaps needlessly amputated after an accident, becomes a vicious criminal, and eventually mob leader of the San Francisco underworld. Out for revenge against the surgeon who performed his operation, he undergoes brain surgery which has a chance of altering his anti-social behavior.

137

The Private Life of Henry VIII 1933

97
Talky
UK

This movie tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives. Set almost entirely within the royal castle, it begins just before the death of his second wife (Anne Boleyn) and ends just after his sixth wedding (to Catherine or Katherine Parr).

138

The Red House 1947

100
Talky
USA

Somehow overlooked today, The Red House is a well written and photographed psychological film. An old farmer and his sister conceal from their adopted teenage daughter a horrifying secret regarding a hidden red farmhouse.

139

The Rise of Catherine the Great 1934

95
Talky
UK

In 1745 a German princess, renamed Catherine, arrives to marry Grand Duke Peter of Russia, whom she initially likes. But his suspicious, unstable nature gradually estranges them, and Peter finds solace with pretty courtiers. Catherine invents her own (fictitious) lovers, temporarily improving matters. Alas, accession to the throne brings out the worst in Peter, and loyal Catherine is urged to assume power.

140

The Scar 1948

83
Talky
USA

John Muller, a brilliant crook just released from prison, finds out that he is pursued by the big-time gambler he once robbed. Muller decides to take a new identity as a psychiatrist. However, soon Muller find himself in a hopeless situation.

141

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934

97
Talky
UK

London fop Percy Blakeney is also secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel who, in a variety of disguises, makes repeated daring trips to France to save aristocrats from Madame Guillotine. His unknowing wife is also French, and she finds that her brother has been arrested by the Republic to try and get her to find out who "that damned elusive Pimpernel" really is.

142

The Sheik 1921

86
Silent
USA

Sheik Ahmed (Valentino) desperately desires fiesty British socialite Diana (Ayres), so he abducts her and carries her off to his luxurious desert tent-palace. The free-spirited Diana recoils from his passionate embraces and yearns to be released. Only after being kidnapped by desert bandits does Diana realize how much she has grown to love Ahmed, who comes to her rescue in the nick of time.

143

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1952

114
Talky
USA

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

144

The Stranger 1946

95
Talky
USA

Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, an infamous Nazi who has erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is Kindler's fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in.

145

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.

146

The Toll of the Sea 1922

54
Silent
USA

When young Lotus Flower sees an unconscious man floating in the water near the seashore, she quickly gets help for him. The man is Allen Carver, an American visiting China. Soon the two have fallen in love, and Carver promises to take her with him when he returns home. But Carver's friends discourage him from doing this, and he returns to the USA alone. By the time the two of them meet again, much has changed, and their reunion proves very trying for them both.

147

The Way Ahead 1944

91
Talky
UK

A British Second World War drama that follows a group of civilians who are recruited into the British Army in order to fight in North Africa. In U.S, the movie was released as The Immortal Battalion.

148

The Whole Family Works 1939

65
Talky
Japan

Father of nine children cannot find a job. Despite their aspirations, the children are encouraged by both parents to hold down menial jobs and contribute to the family expenses. Eventually one rebels, with the support and sympathy of the other children.

149

There Was a Father 1942

94
Talky
Japan

Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

150

Things to Come 1936

100
Talky
UK

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

151

Tokyo Chorus 1931

90
Silent
Japan

A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.

152

Tokyo March 1929

29
Silent
Japan

A classic melodramatic love tragedy addressing social inequality in feudal Japan, depicted in Kenji Mizoguchi's typical style. The nostalgic scenes of 1920s Tokyo provides a valuable visual experience set against the background of the title song, "Tokyo March."

153

Too Late for Tears 1949

99
Talky
USA

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder.

154

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.

155

Ugetsu Monogatari 1953

96
Talky
Japan

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

156

Underworld 1927

80
Silent
USA

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

157

Way Down East 1920

145
Silent
USA

A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.

158

What Did the Lady Forget? 1937

71
Talky
Japan

Komiya is an affluent, respected and good-natured professor of medicine at a Tokyo university. He has a wife, Tokiko , though they are without children. His niece from Osaka, Setsuko comes recently for a visit to Tokyo. A liberated young lady who smokes and drinks, Setsuko finds her aunt Tokiko's interference and control of her habits bossy and annoying.

159

Within Our Gates 1920

79
Silent
USA

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

160

Women of the Night 1948

75
Talky
Japan

Fusako Owada, a young woman in postwar Japan, is the mistress of a notorious drug dealer. Fusako's tenuous grasp on meaningful life is shaken when she learns that her lover is having an affair with her sister.