Aside from THE ARTIST and perhaps METROPOLIS, have you ever seen a silent movie? Which one? What did you think?
No I haven't seen a full silent movie.. Watched a couple clips from some Charlie Chaplin in a lecture once. Got any to recommend?
Funny you should ask! The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival is opening with a recently restored 1922 silent film called BREAKING HOME TIES.
Here's the film's synopsis:
Thinking he has killed his friend Paul in a jealous rage, David Bergmann flees pre-revolutionary Russia for America. In New York he becomes a successful lawyer and woos smart, independent Rose. Meanwhile the wealthy Bergmann parents sell their well-appointed home in St. Petersburg and emigrate to New York. Unable to locate their son who is hiding from his past, immigrant life takes its toll and the parents fall into poverty. Will David marry Rose? Will the Bergmanns be reunited? And what about Paul, the friend David thought he killed back in Russia?
Long thought lost, the world’s only existing print of BREAKING HOME TIES was discovered by Sharon Pucker Rivo of The National Center for Jewish Film in a Berlin archive in 1984. That original distribution print with German intertitles had been erroneously produced under a different title. NCJF’s activities included 35 mm film-to-film restoration, additional digital restoration, and translating (and shooting in 35 mm) the intertitles back into English. Only 20% of U.S. feature films from the 1910s & 1920s survive. For independently produced works, the percentage is dramatically lower still. As for silent films with Jewish content, only a tiny handful survive.
Thanks for your post Howard! I've moved your topic to the "Arts, Culture and Entertainment" forum as I think this will be a better place for it.
I'd recommend making another post in the What's On forum specifically about the The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival :)