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The 15 Best Films Of The 1920s
By AUDREY FOX
Sherlock Jr.
While not as visually ambitious as his other films like “The General” or “Neighbors,” Buster Keaton plays with the concept of filmmaking and storytelling more than usual in “Sherlock Jr.” Keaton stars as a shy projectionist who fantasizes about becoming a famous detective, and the film radiates playfulness and warmth, making it a fan-favorite Keaton film.
My Best Girl
Although there were plenty of romance films throughout the silent era, few films feel as much like a precursor to the modern rom-com as “My Best Girl.” The movie follows a stock girl who falls in love with the son of the department store's owner without realizing his true identity, and the central romance is rife with real chemistry and irrepressible charm.
The Man Who Laughs
Framed like a horror movie but with an underlying tragic element throughout, “The Man Who Laughs” tells the story of an orphaned boy whose face is carved with a permanent grin. The movie’s protagonist and his horrific grin later went on to inspire The Joker character in Batman, but the character here is more tragic and emotive than vindictive.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Directed by Lotte Reiniger, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” is a moving adaption of “One Thousand and One Nights,” using only silhouette animation. This is the first surviving feature-length animated film, and given Reiniger’s attention to detail, the animator’s technical skill, and the ambitious scope of the project, it is a true masterpiece.
The Ancient Law
“The Ancient Law” tells the story of Baruch, a Jewish boy from the shtetl whose passion for theater brings him in direct conflict with his rabbi father. After running away from home, Baruch finds success as a talented actor but ultimately must choose between staying true to himself or staying true to his heritage, providing a lush exploration of culture and religion.