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.
J.B.L. Noel, 1924
The Epic of Everest - the official film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924 - is o...
William A. Wellman, 1927
A thrilling effects-laden melodrama of World War I aerial combat, Wings was also the first-ever B...
Harry B Parkinson, 1920s
Painstakingly restored by the BFI National Archive to reinstate their original tinting and toning...
Pablo Berger, 2012
A Spanish black and white silent fantasy drama set in southern Spain in 1920s, Pa...
Various , 1901-08
During the belle époque in turn-of-the-century Paris, a short-lived film form cal...
John Grierson, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1929
In the 1920s and 30s, Soviet propaganda films profo...
Fritz Lang, 1924
Perhaps the most stately of Fritz Lang’s two-part epics, the five-hour Die Nibelu...
Lotte Reiniger, 1926
The earliest surviving animated feature film (preserved in the BFI National Archi...
Herbert Ponting, 1924
Herbert Ponting's official record of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the ...
Robert Wiene, 1919
One of the iconic masterpieces of cinema history, Robert Wiene's mesmerising Das ...
Maurice Elvey, 1918
Decades after being lost, the National Library of Wales has published the remarka...
E A Dupont, 1929
Seething with sexual and racial tension, this is a sumptuous showbiz melodrama starring Anna May ...