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

£16.99

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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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Pablo Berger, 2012

£16.99

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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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Lotte Reiniger, 1926

£16.99

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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

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Georges Melies, 1902

£13.99

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A Trip to the Moon (Restored)

Georges Méliès' 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon, is one of the famous early highlig...

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Herbert Ponting, 1924

£16.99

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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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E A Dupont, 1929

£13.99

Piccadilly

Seething with sexual and racial tension, this is a sumptuous showbiz melodrama starring Anna May ...

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Maurice Elvey, 1918

£16.99

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The Life Story of David Lloyd George

Decades after being lost, the National Library of Wales has published the remarka...

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Dziga Vertov, 1929

£6.99

Man with a Movie Camera (Michael Nyman)

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

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Silent , 1899-1911

£7.99

Silent Shakespeare

Seven short films, taken from the National Film and Television Archive Collection, which provide ...

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Anthony Asquith, 1929

£16.99

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A Cottage on Dartmoor

This late silent film from Anthony Asquith is a dark tale of sexual jealousy and thwarted love th...

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Yakov Protazanov, 1924

£14.99

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Aelita

The first Soviet science fiction film and one of its biggest-budget productions of the 1920s, Ael...

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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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Yasujiro Ozu, 1933-57

£23.49

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The Ozu Collection: Three Melodramas

Melodrama is not a word usually associated with Ozu's quietly poetic oeuvre but h...

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