Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

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Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostMon Nov 14, 2016 10:00 am

Hello everyone, I'm continuing with my project (which you can read more about here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=23152" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank) and now I'm asking all of you kind people to please post your favorite films and performances for 1917. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me them. This time there are no previous threads to refer to so I really need all of your help with this one and every year from now until the end of the silent era. I look forward to seeing your recommendations! :) It's really quite simple so please cooperate with me, I know that the early years might be a bit difficult but by the time we get into the 20s I think it will be easier. I think all of you, once you read my other post, understand what I'm asking for and want to do...well, most of you. Thanks for the encouragement that some of you have given me ,by the way! It's much appreciated. Almost everyone I have mentioned this project to thinks its interesting and are looking forward to seeing the finished project and have offered support and generally been helpful so that gives me even more incentive to go through with it. :)
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostMon Nov 14, 2016 4:26 pm

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REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM
THE IMMIGRANT
GREAT WHITE TRAIL
WOMAN GOD FORGOT
POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL

actor
Frederick Warde, THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD
Charlie Chaplin, THE IMMIGRANT
John Barrymore, RAFFLES
Douglas Fairbanks, WILD AND WOOLLY
WIlliam S. Hart, THE NARROW TRAIL

actress
Mary Pickford, POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL
Mae Murray, A MORMON MAID
Alice Brady, BETSY ROSS
Geraldine Farrar, WOMAN GOD FORGOT
Marie Dressler, TILLIE WAKES UP
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostMon Nov 14, 2016 4:36 pm

To which could be added:

Best picture/Foreign film
Terje Vigen

Best Actress
Pauline Frederick, The Love that Lives
Lyda Borelli, Malombra

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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostMon Nov 14, 2016 8:02 pm

Best Film:
A Girl's Folly (1917) (d) Maurice Tourneur
Blue Jeans (1917) (d) John Collins
The Narrow Trail (1917) (d) Lambert Hillyer
Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) (d) Maurice Tourneur
The Secret Game (1917) (d) William C. deMille

Best Short:
The Immigrant (1917) (d) Charlie Chaplin
The Cure (1917) (d) Charlie Chaplin
Coney Island (1917) (d) Roscoe Arbuckle

There are so many missing features from this year though...
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostMon Nov 14, 2016 8:27 pm

I've seen 173 movies released in 1917

1917 was a peak year for Chaplin's work at Mutual, with titles like The Immigrant and Easy Street sure to please. For best features, it's tough to choose, with Pickford's collaborations with Maurice Tourneur and Marshall Neilan immensely strong across the board and Douglas Fairbanks in the Emerson-Loos movies (my favorite is A Modern Musketeer).

The worst movies are The Pinch Hitter, which I've mentioned before, and Fighting Odds, directed by Alan Dwan, who is saddle with Maxine Elliot as his leading lady. She was a popular actress on Broadway, but she was of the acting-by-posing school, which is an uncinematic as you can get.

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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostMon Nov 14, 2016 8:31 pm

1917 is an odd year... When you check filmographies there are many major names of the era with no films listed for 1917. Must have had something to do with the war and backlogged productions....
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostTue Nov 15, 2016 8:48 am

I think "Terje Vigen", (that is, "A Man There Was") is possibly deserving of "Best Picture" category, directed by Victor Sjöström. Glad to see that people have picked "The Narrow Trail", too, because it's as good a Western as any ever made. Fantastic local color. And glad, also, that Doug Fairbanks' film "Wild and Wooly" is recognized. It's truly wonderful. The one I'd also think should be recognized is another Mary Pickford, "Romance of the Redwoods", although it may not stand scrutiny with some people, especially against "Poor Little Rich Girl", which for that year is certainly a great classic; and there's a wonderful restored print version available. One short which stands out for me that year is Chaplin's "Easy Street" which is my own favorite among Chaplin's short films. Although not "great", the first "Cheyenne Harry" film of John Ford with Harry Carey, Sr. came out, too, called "Straight Shooting", and it's good - so good that what was originally going to be a 2-reeler ended up being a 5 reel feature. "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", again a feature with Mary Pickford, is also from '17. It represents well the culture of the era - maybe NOT the culture of today by any means, but you're looking to see what was what in '17.
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostSat Dec 10, 2016 11:48 am

R Michael Pyle wrote:Glad to see that people have picked "The Narrow Trail", too, because it's as good a Western as any ever made.


Does anyone know of a decent DVD source for The Narrow Trail?
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostTue Dec 13, 2016 11:38 am

I realize it hasn't been seen since forever because no copies exist but wasn't Cleopatra the top grossing film of 1917?
From the reviews of the time of this film most were very favorable.
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostSat Feb 25, 2017 11:49 am

boblipton wrote:I've seen 173 movies released in 1917

1917 was a peak year for Chaplin's work at Mutual, with titles like The Immigrant and Easy Street sure to please. For best features, it's tough to choose, with Pickford's collaborations with Maurice Tourneur and Marshall Neilan immensely strong across the board and Douglas Fairbanks in the Emerson-Loos movies (my favorite is A Modern Musketeer).

The worst movies are The Pinch Hitter, which I've mentioned before, and Fighting Odds, directed by Alan Dwan, who is saddle with Maxine Elliot as his leading lady. She was a popular actress on Broadway, but she was of the acting-by-posing school, which is an uncinematic as you can get.

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Just found out Maxine Elliot and her sister Gertrude Elliot, both big stars of stage and a few silents, were born in Rockland, Maine, just down the road (sort of) from me and where I was married in 1971. Where did you see Fighting Odds? I have a copy of Hamlet (1913) which features Gertrude Elliot as Opheiia.
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostWed Mar 01, 2017 1:54 pm

Films
1. - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
2. - A Tale of Two Cities
3. - Poor Little Rich Girl
4. - A Romance of the Redwoods
5. - The Little Princess

Actress
1. - Mary Pickford in 6 films
2. - Marie Dressler - Tillie Wakes Up
3. - Geraldine Farrar - Woman God Forgot
4. - Mae Marsh - Polly of the Circus
5. - Doris Kenyon - A Girl's Folly

Actor
1. - William Farnum - A Tale of Two Cities
2. - John Barrymore - Raffles
3. - Douglas Fairbanks - Modern Musketeer
4. - William S. Hart - Silent Man
5. - Victor Sjostrom - A Man There Was
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostThu Mar 02, 2017 10:47 pm

I'll list a dozen favorite films

The Dying Swan
Terje Vigen
A Girl's Folly
The Cure
Wild and Woolly
The Little American
Thomas Graal's Best Film
Seven Keys to Baldpate
The Narrow Trail
Coney Island
Das Fidele Gefangnis
Bucking Broadway

Actresses: Mary Pickford multiple roles
Vera Karalli The Dying Swan
Erna Morena Lulu
Doris Kenyon A Girl's Folly
Karin Molander Thomas Graal's Best Film

Actors: Douglas Fairbanks multiple roles
Charles Chaplin multiple roles
Frederick Warde The Vicar of Wakefield
John Barrymore Raffles the Amateur Cracksman
Emil Jannings Lulu


Directors: Frank Borzage Until They Get Me
Evgeni Bauer The Dying Swan
Charles Chaplin The Cure
John Ford Bucking Broadway
Maurice Tourneur A Girl's Folly
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostWed May 31, 2017 8:50 pm

I couldn't remember if I ever started or commented in a "best films of 1917" thread and then I remembered why—because it started in 1916.

Anyway, my choices would certainly be in this thread already— A Poor Little Rich Girl is one of Pickford and Maurice Tourneur's best films; A Modern Musketeer is one of Fairbanks' best; and Terje Vigen is one of the best Scandinavian dramas, while as far as comedy goes, you have an embarrassment of riches from Chaplin (Easy Street? The Immigrant? The Cure?) to Arbuckle doing The Butcher Boy... to me this is when the movies really start to be the movies as we know them, in the late teens. (Okay, younger people may substantially disagree with that view.)

Anyone else missed their chance to say, as we approach the halfway point on 2017?
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Re: Your Favorite Films and Performances of 1917

PostThu Jun 01, 2017 3:49 pm

All things being equal, for excellence and longevity of popularity, any and all of Charlie Chaplin's Mutual comedies are high on my list. (I'm curious about Nan of Music Mountain, starring Wallace Reid and partially directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Haven't seen it, and it's considered "lost," but the ingredients are the sugar in my coffee.)
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