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.
Lotte Reiniger, 1926
The earliest surviving animated feature film (preserved in the BFI National Archi...
Harry B Parkinson, 1920s
Painstakingly restored by the BFI National Archive to reinstate their original tinting and toning...
Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1928
The all time silent classic based on two plays by Frank Wedekind. With a legendary performance by...
J.B.L. Noel, 1924
The Epic of Everest - the official film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924 - is o...
Benjamin Christensen, 1922
A darkly humorous, genre-defying silent 'documentary', in which witchcraft throug...
Various , 1901-08
During the belle époque in turn-of-the-century Paris, a short-lived film form cal...
Herbert Ponting, 1924
Herbert Ponting's official record of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the ...
Buster Keaton, 1926-32
Features three films starring the comic genius of silent film, Buster Keaton. In ...
Various (Documentary), 1914-18
A comprehensive impression of life on the British Home Front during the First Wor...
Anthony Asquith, 1928
The BFI Archive's acclaimed restoration of Anthony Asquith's subterranean tale of love, jealousy ...
Alfred Hitchcock, 1927-31
Nine films from Hitchcock's very early period, including some of his silent work ...
Pablo Berger, 2012
A Spanish black and white silent fantasy drama set in southern Spain in 1920s, Pa...