ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE (by dollars) The charts below show the top ten movies of  All-Time Box Office, as they would have been calculated at the end of each calendar year. The dollar amounts are for domestic gross only. (U.S. and Canada) Many high-ranking films have been released multiple times over the past century, and the [...]

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Quick: Name America’s most popular silent film. No, it’s not anything by Charlie Chaplin. Not Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd either. Film students might answer The Birth of a Nation, but if we judge by ticket sales, that’s wrong too. Mickey, a film starring comedian Mabel Normand, was by far the most-seen and most popular [...]
New York City’s Liberty Theater in 1935

D. W. Griffith’s evil, racist film The Birth of a Nation is widely regarded as the most popular silent movie ever made. I believe this reputation is based on a misinterpretation of its box office records. The Birth of a Nation indeed made an awful lot of money. It had an estimated $18 million gross [...]
Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr.

The star of a film comedian waxes and wanes more rapidly than that of any other. Actors who seem like comic genius can - in the space of only 5-10 years - deplete their reserves of gags and jokes. Novelty matters in comedy, and when we grow too used to a style, it becomes not [...]

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hollywood. That's no coincidence. The first true blockbuster - the movie that helped create the modern industry - was director D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation. If it had been any other film, [...]
Faust (1926) dir. F.W. Murnau

Faust (1926) - dir. F.W. Murnau ""Faust," with its supernatural vistas of heaven and hell, is particularly distinctive in the way it uses the whole canvas. Consider the startling early shot of Mephisto, his dark wings obscuring the sky as he hovers above a little village that huddles in the lower right corner." - Roger [...]

The apex of René Clair's career was during the transition from silent film to sound. Other great directors successfully made the move during the late 20's and early 30's, but Hitchcock still had yet to perfect his craft, while Chaplin simply put it off as long as he could. Clair managed to keep a consistent [...]

The Last Laugh (1924) - dir. F. W. Murnau The Last Laugh is a true silent film.  It has only one title card, and it is put in as a joke.  Emil Jannings (who later won the very first Oscar, became a Nazi and was burned alive in Inglourious Basterds) does an excellent acting job, [...]

Two of King Vidor's late silent films are early landmarks in genre. 1925's The Big Parade, much moreso than Griffith's Birth of a Nation laid down the template for war films, World War films in particular. 1928's The Crowd gives us the biopic of the ordinary man. The Big Parade follows the story of an American boy who enlists to [...]