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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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...

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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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Various , 1901-08

£8.99

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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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Various (Documentary), 1919

£14.99

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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William A. Wellman, 1927

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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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1914-18

£14.99

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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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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...

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Sergei Eisenstein, 1927

October (Hyperkino Edition)

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

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F.W. Murnau, 1926

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Faust (Murnau, 1926) (Masters of Cinema)

FW Murnau's 1926 version of the Faust legend - his last German film - features as...

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Lotte Reiniger, 1926

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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

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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...

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Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1927

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The Passion of Joan of Arc (Masters of Cinema)

Some films have their own mythology - none more so than Carl Theodor Dreyer's The...

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Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1927

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The Passion of Joan of Arc (Masters of Cinema)

Some films have their own mythology - none more so than Carl Theodor Dreyer's The...

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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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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 ...

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Benjamin Christensen, 1922

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Haxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages

A darkly humorous, genre-defying silent 'documentary', in which witchcraft throug...

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Sergei Eisenstein, 1924

Strike (Hyperkino Edition)

Trying out new ideas which he was to go on and make famous the following year in ...

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Fritz Lang, 1929

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Frau Im Mond (Masters of Cinema)

Fritz Lang's 1929 film, Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon) is a number of things. F...

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