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

£10.49

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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...

DVD+Blu-ray

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

Yasujiro Ozu, 1933-57

£26.99

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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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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

Various (Documentary), 1919

£15.29

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...

DVD

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...

DVD

Various , 1901-08

£15.99

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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

Viktor Turin, 1929

£16.99

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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

Lotte Reiniger, 1926

£9.99

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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

DVD+Blu-ray

Sergei Eisenstein, 1927

£19.49

October (Hyperkino Edition)

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

DVD

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...

DVD

Michel Hazanavicius, 2011

£8.99

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The Artist

One of the most acclaimed films in years, Michel Hazanavicius's modern-day silent film comedy The...

DVD

Various , 1878-1922

£20.49

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Dickens Before Sound

A unique collection of early adaptations of one of Britain's favourite authors. A unique and exci...

DVD

Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1928

£8.49

Pandora's Box

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

DVD

Benjamin Christensen, 1922

£16.99

Haxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages

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

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Sergei Eisenstein, 1924

£23.99

Strike (Hyperkino Edition)

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

DVD

Buster Keaton, 1926-32

£7.49

The Buster Keaton Collection (Box Set)

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

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