Silent Film

In Sunset Boulevard, Silent Film star Norma Desmond summed the era up admirably: "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces". The silent film era was much more than cinema's warm-up for the talkies. It produced masterpieces that we still watch with awe today on DVD: the classic comic genius of Keaton and Chaplin; the inventive spectacle of movies like Metropolis, the heartbreak of Sunrise. This is film that remains powerful and thrilling.

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William A. Wellman, 1927

£16.99

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Wings

A thrilling effects-laden melodrama of World War I aerial combat, Wings was also the first-ever B...

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Anthony Asquith, 1928

£16.99

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Underground

The BFI Archive's acclaimed restoration of Anthony Asquith's subterranean tale of love, jealousy ...

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Fritz Lang, 1924

£13.49

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Die Nibelungen (Masters of Cinema)

Perhaps the most stately of Fritz Lang’s two-part epics, the five-hour Die Nibelu...

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J.B.L. Noel, 1924

£10.99

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The Epic of Everest

The Epic of Everest - the official film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924 - is o...

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Robert Wiene, 1919

£13.99

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Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (Masters of Cinema)

One of the iconic masterpieces of cinema history, Robert Wiene's mesmerising Das ...

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Harry B Parkinson, 1920s

£16.99

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Wonderful London

Painstakingly restored by the BFI National Archive to reinstate their original tinting and toning...

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Buster Keaton, 1917-23

£31.49

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Buster Keaton: The Complete Short Films 1917-1923 (Masters of ...

Capturing Keaton’s first steps in front of a camera...

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Michel Hazanavicius, 2011

£6.99

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The Artist

One of the most acclaimed films in years, Michel Hazanavicius's modern-day silent film comedy The...

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Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1928

£7.99

Pandora's Box

The all time silent classic based on two plays by Frank Wedekind. With a legendary performance by...

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D. W. Griffith, 1915

£15.99

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The Birth of a Nation (Masters of Cinema)

An inescapable keystone of American movie history, DW Griffith's The Birth of a N...

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1914-18

£15.29

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British Home Front: Public Information Films of World War I

A compilation of WWI Public Information trailers an...

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Various , 1901-08

£16.99

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Fairy Tales: Early Colour Stencil Films from Pathé

During the belle époque in turn-of-the-century Paris, a short-lived film form cal...

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Pablo Berger, 2012

£14.99

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Blancanieves (Collector's Edition)

A Spanish black and white silent fantasy drama set in southern Spain in 1920s, Pa...

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Various (TV), 2006

£16.99

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Silent Britain

Described by presenter Matthew Sweet as being "one of the most creative, extravagant, sensational...

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John Grierson, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1929

£10.99

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The Soviet Influence: Battleship Potemkin / Drifters

In the 1920s and 30s, Soviet propaganda films profo...

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Various (Documentary), 1916

£14.99

The Battle of the Somme

Smiling awkwardly at the newfangled cameras, troops move towards the Front in the...

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F.W. Murnau, 1927

£13.49

Sunrise (Masters of Cinema)

A landmark of silent cinema and one of the finest films of any era. A woman from ...

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Various (Documentary), 1919

£14.44

The First World War Collection: The Empire's Shield

'All the heroic acts of our gallant sailors cannot be shown on the screen, but wh...

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