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1928: The last great year of the silents
List creator: 75to81
Created on: February 1, 2004 - 4:36 PM PST
Description: Favorite Films of 1928 (DVD Wish List: The Last Command, The Crowd, Show People, The Cameraman, Speedy)

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Storm Over Asia (1928)
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  Pudovkin intelligently explores the legitimate case for an independent Central Asia casting stones at both the West's involvement in the region and organized religion.....amazing cinematography, editing, and direction
Arsenal (1929)
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  1928 per IMDB. Dovzhenko rewards the informed (he assumes you know all aspects of the Ukraine's involvement in the Russian Revolution) viewer with a wonderful film making his case for a Bolshevik-aligned Ukraine. Brilliant editing and use of folklore.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Collection) (1928)
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  Dreyer's masterpiece with a legendary performance by Maria Falconetti. Some of the best art direction of the silent period. Only complaint is that the use of close-ups is so prevalent as to (slightly) take away some of the power of the film by the end.
The Man Who Laughs (1927)
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  Paul Leni directs his most famous film and Conrad Veidt gives an almost perfect performance in this film which is much more of a jab at upper-crust establishment than a horror film.....adapted from Victor Hugo's novel
Tempest (1928)
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  Surprisingly good film with fine performances by the great German actress Camilla Horn and John Barrymore. Cinematography by the legendary Charles Rosher.
Sadie Thompson (1928)
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  Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore. The ending has been lost for all eternity, but the DVD does a fairly good job of trying to piece together what it would have been. Perhaps Swanson's best performance.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
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  Buster Keaton's second best (but still excellent) perfomance of 1928, following the (yet to be released to DVD) The Cameraman

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