The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1927.  Gainsborough Pictures, Carlyle Blackwell Productions.  Screenplay by Eliot Stannard, from the novel and play by Marie Belloc Lowndes.  Cinematography by Gaetano di Ventimiglia.  Produced by Michael Balcon, Carlyle Blackwell.  Production Design by C. Wilfred Arnold, Bertram Evans.  Film Editing by Ivor Montagu. This early classic by Alfred Hitchcock shows the master … More The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

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Berlin: Symphony Of A Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt)

BBBB (out of 5) The great German capital awakening to economic success is captured in all its organized, efficient glory in this fascinating documentary accompanied by a gorgeous symphonic score.  Filmed in 1927, years after the devastation of the first World War and just moments before the crash of ’29 and the subsequent rise of Nazi power, it … More Berlin: Symphony Of A Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt)

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Chicago (1927)

BBBB (out of 5) The play by Maureen Dallas Watkins that later became a talkie hit for Ginger Rogers and, most famously, a Broadway musical and Oscar winning film many decades later was also made as a now forgotten silent film. Phyllis Haver is superb as Roxie Hart, the wayward housewife who goes to jail for … More Chicago (1927)

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Underworld (1927)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This excellent, beautifully shot drama is considered the film that sparked the craze for gangster movies in the thirties. Rough thug George Bancroft finds his lawyer friend Clive Brook at a bar and convinces him to give up the booze, turning the man from a useless bum to a dapper dan in no … More Underworld (1927)

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Metropolis (1927)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Germany, 1927.  Universum Film.  Screenplay by Thea von Harbou, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Karl Freund, Gunther Rittau, Walter Ruttmann.  Produced by Erich Pommer.  Music by Gottfried Huppertz, Bernd Schultheis.  Production Design by Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht.  Costume Design by Aenne Willkomm.  Milestone chapter in science-fiction film history, about a futuristic city run by mass … More Metropolis (1927)

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The King Of Kings

BBB.5 (out of 5) Films about the life of Christ were already a frequent focus of the medium when Cecil B. DeMille made this impressive blockbuster, but it would be safe to say that this is the first grand project on the subject.  H.B. Warner is appropriately blond and lightning-eyed for the white Protestant crowd, … More The King Of Kings

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