Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two days?

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Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two days?

PostMon Apr 30, 2018 6:23 am

This past weekend, I had the privilege of creating live music for Fritz Lang's two 'Nibelungen' films: 'Siegfried' and 'Kriemheld's Revenge.' The first ran on Saturday, and the other on Sunday, for a total of nearly five hours of cinema over two days.

We had a healthy turnout for both parts, and attendees seemed genuinely mesmerized by Lang's vision of tales from Teutonic legends.

So I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for other silent films suitable for back-to-back screenings? I'm thinking of full-length movies that might be too long for a double feature, but would work well as a package over two days.

In terms of Lang, there's also 'Dr Mabuse, the Gambler' (1922), which is also five hours long but can be split into two parts.

There's also 'Zorro' (1920) and its sequel 'Don Q: Son of Zorro' (1925), which actually share running gags with each other. And Valentino's 'The Sheik' (1921) and 'Son of the Sheik' (1926), which show how far film-making advanced in just five years.

Any other suggestions?
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PostMon Apr 30, 2018 8:11 am

Jeff Rapsis wrote:There's also 'Zorro' (1920) and its sequel 'Don Q: Son of Zorro' (1925), which actually share running gags with each other.

Any other suggestions?


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Re: Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two d

PostMon Apr 30, 2018 9:22 am

THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) - not PC
INTOLERANCE (1916)
LES VAMPIRES (1915)
FANTOMAS (1913)
JUDEX (1917)
MISS MEND (1926)
GREED (1924)
THE SPIDERS (1919)
THE INDIAN TOMB (1921)
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Re: Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two d

PostMon Apr 30, 2018 2:12 pm

SUNRISE (1927), THE RIVER (1928, incomplete) and CITY GIRL / OUR DAILY BREAD (1928)
SEVENTH HEAVEN (1927) and STREET ANGEL (1927) and / or FAZIL (1928)
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Re: Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two d

PostMon Apr 30, 2018 4:02 pm

I also vote for Sunrise 1927 and City Girl 1930 (although filmed in 1928, it was released in 1930 with a lost sound version).

Murnau films are impressive.
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Re: Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two d

PostTue May 01, 2018 8:36 am

What a cool OP. It made me think of one of the nicest single evenings I spent watching silents -- a Talmadge sisters double feature, which could have been reapportioned as a two-nighter, with, for instance, a short subject or two added to each sister's feature. I believe the films shown were Lessons in Love with Connie and The Sign on the Door with Norma. What made it extra special was that, since you had to go to festivals to see much of the Talmadges, many in the audience didn't know their work. To think that, in the 20s, there were two sisters, one specializing in tear jerkers and melodrama and the other in romantic comedy, was amazing. Connie's film really pleased this crowd. Norma's was hokey but watchable.
I can imagine a similar two-nighter with comedy giants -- a Keaton night with, say, College or Our Hospitality or Seven Chances, along with one of the pristine shorts (I love The Scarecrow but there are so many). Next night, Harold Lloyd, with The Kid Brother and any of his late teens/early 20s shorts.
Or how about a Lon Chaney double -- one night with a gruesome part, the next Chaney as a 'straight actor'?

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