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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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

Sergei Eisenstein, 1927

October (Hyperkino Edition)

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

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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...

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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...

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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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Buster Keaton, 1926-32

£8.99

The Buster Keaton Collection (Box Set)

Features three films starring the comic genius of silent film, Buster Keaton. In ...

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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

Benjamin Christensen, 1922

£8.99

Haxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages

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

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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...

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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...

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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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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

Alfred Hitchcock, 1927-31

£24.99

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Early Hitchcock Box Set

Nine films from Hitchcock's very early period, including some of his silent work ...

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Hal Roach, 1929

£9.99

Harold Lloyd and Friends: Three Classic Shorts

Three classic shorts starring Harold Lloyd and chums. In 'Haunted Spooks' (1920),...

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Charlie Chaplin, 1916-17

£11.99

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Charlie Chaplin - The Mutual Films (Vol 2)

A second collection of Chaplin films made for the Mutual Film Corporation, from p...

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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

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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