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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J.B.L. Noel, 1924

£9.99

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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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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 ...

DVD+Blu-ray

Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1928

£9.99

Pandora's Box

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

DVD

Lotte Reiniger, 1926

£11.99

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The earliest surviving animated feature film (preserved in the BFI National Archi...

DVD+Blu-ray

Various , 1901-08

£9.99

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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...

DVD

Harry B Parkinson, 1920s

£9.99

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Wonderful London

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

DVD

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...

DVD

Herbert Ponting, J.B.L. Noel, 1924

£16.99

The Epic of Everest / The Great White Silence

Double-pack containing The Epic of Everest - the remarkable official film record ...

DVD+Blu-ray

Pablo Berger, 2012

£10.99

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Blancanieves (Collector's Edition)

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

DVD

Alfred Hitchcock, 1927

£16.99

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The Lodger (2012 Restoration) (Nitin Sawhney Score)

Widely regarded as the first true 'Hitchcock film', The Lodger is a masterclass i...

Blu-ray

Sergei Eisenstein, 1927

October (Hyperkino Edition)

Commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, the celebratory Oc...

DVD

Viktor Turin, 1929

£11.99

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The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Night Mail

In the early 1930s, a small number of Soviet propaganda films were shown in Brita...

DVD+Blu-ray

Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1928

£6.66

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Zvenigora

A silent revolutionary epic and a remarkable avant-garde film, Zvenigora - Dovzhenko's initial fi...

DVD

John Grierson, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1929

£16.99

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The Soviet Influence: Battleship Potemkin / Drifters

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

DVD+Blu-ray

Dziga Vertov, 1929

£13.99

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Man With a Movie Camera (Michael Nyman)

One of the most extraordinary films in the history of cinema and as important and...

Blu-ray

Alexander Medvedkin, 1934

Happiness (Hyperkino Edition)

Aka 'A Tale of a Hapless Mercenary Khmyr, His Horse-Wife Anna, His Well-Fed Neigh...

DVD

Various (Documentary), 1914-18

£12.99

British Home Front: The First World War 1914-1918

A comprehensive impression of life on the British Home Front during the First Wor...

DVD

Herbert Ponting, 1924

£11.99

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The Great White Silence

Herbert Ponting's official record of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the ...

DVD+Blu-ray

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