Siren of the Tropics (1927)

HENRI ETIEVANT, MARIO NALPAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: La sirène des tropiques France, 1927. La Centrale Cinématographique. Screenplay by Maurice Dekobra. Cinematography by Paul Cotteret, Albert Duverger, Maurice Hennebains. Produced by Louis Aubert. Music by Scott Paulson. Production Design by Eugène Carré, Pierre Schild Josephine Baker gives a terrific performance in…

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La Revue Des Revues (1927)

JOE FRANCIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Alternate title:  Parisian Pleasures France, 1927. Screenplay by Joe Francis, Clément Vautel. Cinematography by Jimmy Berliet, Maurice Guillemin. Produced by Alex Nalpas. Music by Taranta-Babu. Production Design by Marcel Magniez. Hélène Hallier plays a clothing factory employee who is fired by her intolerant boss and decides to try…

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The Peasant Women Of Ryazan (1927)

IVAN PRAVOV, OLGA PREOBRAZHENSKAYA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original Title: Baby ryazanskie Alternate Titles:  Women Of Ryazan USSR, 1927. Sovkino. Screenplay by Boris Altshuler, Olga Vishnevskaya. Cinematography by Konstantin Kuznetsov. Music by Sergey Dreznin. Production Design by Dmitri Kolupayev. Melodrama at its finest in this powerful tale of women surviving the roles they are…

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The Unknown (1927)

TOD BROWNING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1927.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Tod Browning, scenario by Waldemar Young, titles by Joseph Farnham, based on the novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart.   Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad.  Music by Jack Feinberg, Sam Feinberg. Production Design by Richard Day, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Lucia Coulter.  Film…

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7th Heaven (1927)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1927.  Frank Borzage Production, Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, adaptation and titles by Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell, based on the play by Austin Strong. Cinematography by Ernest Palmer, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by William Fox.  Music by R.H. Bassett.  Production Design by Freddie Stoos. …

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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…

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Berlin: Symphony Of A Great City (1927)

WALTER RUTTMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt Germany, 1927.  Deutsche Vereins-Film, Les Productions Fox Europa.  Screenplay by Karl Freund, Walter Ruttmann, based on an idea by Carl Mayer.  Cinematography by Robert Baberske, Reimar Kuntze, Laszlo Schaffer.  Produced by Karl Freund.  Music by Edmund Meisel.  Production Design by Erich Kettelhut.  Film Editing by Walter Ruttmann. The great…

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Chicago (1927)

FRANK URSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1927.  DeMille Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, titles by John W. Krafft, based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Music by Cecil Copping.  Production Design by Mitchell Leisen.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens.   The play by Maureen Dallas Watkins that…

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Underworld (1927)

JOSEF VON STERNBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1927.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, titles by George Marion Jr., adaptation by Robert N. Lee, Charles Furthman.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Music by Robert Israel.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  This excellent, beautifully shot drama is considered the film that sparked the craze…

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Sunrise (1927)

F.W. MURNAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Alternate title:  Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans USA, 1927.  Fox Film Corporation.  Scenario by Carl Mayer, from an original theme by Hermann Sudermann, Titles by Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Karl Struss.  Produced by William Fox. Music by R.H. Bassett, Carli Elinor, Erno Rapee, Hugo Riesenfeld, Willy…

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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…

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The King Of Kings (1927)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1927.  DeMille Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Jeanie Macpherson.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley. Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by Dan Sayre Groesback, Anton Grot, Julian Harrison, Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Adrian, Earl Luick, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens, Harold McLernon. Films about…

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