Top Silent Films movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent City Lights on DVD City Lights
Synopsis
Charlie Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind girl who, because she can't see him, believes he is a millionaire. The Little Tramp tries to raise money for the girl to have an eye operation, knowing she'll eventually discover his true identity.
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Al Ernest Garcia, Hank Mann
Director
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Romance Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent Modern Times on DVD Modern Times
Synopsis
Conceived and produced as talking pictures were taking Hollywood by storm, Charlie Chaplin's brilliant satire of the machine age was also his last "silent," even though it also features his first words spoken on film. The Little Tramp shuffles bravely forward into a maze of technology and the rapidly changing shape of society. Although barely in control of his own fate, he demonstrates pluck and endurance in the face of unstoppable forces.
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone, Al Ernest Garcia, Richard Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Mira McKinney, Murdock MacQuarrie
Director
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent The Passion of Joan of Arc on DVD The Passion of Joan of Arc
Synopsis
Considered director Carl Theodor Dreyer's finest achievement and one of the greatest movies of all time, this stunning emotional drama recounts the events surrounding Joan of Arc's 1431 heresy trial, burning at the stake and subsequent martyrdom. The film's original version, thought to have been lost to fire, was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981. Maria Falconetti turns in a haunting performance as the young French saint.
Cast
Cast
Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, Andre Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Jean D'Yd, Louis Ravet, Jean Ayme, Gilbert Dalleu
Director
Director
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films, Biographies, Political Dramas, Tearjerkers, Foreign Classic Dramas, France, Foreign Regions
Rent The Birth of a Nation on DVD The Birth of a Nation
Synopsis
The fates of two families intertwine in this controversial silent drama, a period saga that recounts the genesis of the U.S. Civil War, the destruction it wrought upon the populace and the ascent of the Ku Klux Klan in the war's aftermath.
Cast
Cast
Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Elmer Clifton, Josephine Cromwell
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Epics
Rent The General on DVD The General
Synopsis
Rejected by the Confederate Army, Johnnie Gray sets out to single-handedly win the war with his cherished locomotive in this classic silent film. When Northern spies steal his train, the intrepid Johnnie takes on the entire Union army to get it back.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley, Frederick Vroom, Charles Henry Smith, Frank Barnes
Director
Director
Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent The Gold Rush on DVD The Gold Rush
Synopsis
Charlie Chaplin's comic masterpiece centers on the hardships of life on the Alaskan frontier. The Little Tramp plays a pathetic, lonely prospector who journeys to the Klondike hoping to discover gold and make his fortune. Instead, he gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia (Georgia Hale).
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite
Director
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Sunrise on DVD Sunrise
Synopsis
Director F.W. Murnau's emotional and lyrical silent odyssey stars George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor as a country couple whose marriage is threatened when O'Brien falls prey to cosmopolitan temptress Margaret Livingston's feminine wiles.
Cast
Cast
George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ralph Sipperly, Jane Winton, Arthur Housman, Eddie Boland
Director
Director
F.W. Murnau
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics
Rent The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on DVD The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Synopsis
In this silent classic, an inmate in an insane asylum explains to his psychiatrist how he came to the institution, telling the shrink the story of the evil hypnotist Caligari and his unwitting pawn, the sleepwalker Cesare.
Cast
Cast
Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Fredrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger
Director
Director
Robert Wiene
Genres
Genres
Classics, Horror Classics, Silent Films, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Classics
Rent The Battleship Potemkin on DVD The Battleship Potemkin
Synopsis
Director Sergei M. Eisenstein's cinematic landmark charts the events that led to the Bolshevik Revolution. The rebellion of a battleship crew ignites a citizens' uprising, resulting in czarist troops' infamous slaughter of insurgents and bystanders.
Cast
Cast
I. Bobrov, Beatrice Vitoldi, N. Poltavseva, Julia Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Mikhail Gomorov, Aleksandr Levshin
Director
Director
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Silent Films, Russia, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Silent Films, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Regions
Rent The Kid on DVD The Kid
Synopsis
Considered one of Charlie Chaplin's best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays a boy cared for by The Tramp when he's abandoned by his mother, Edna (Edna Purviance). Later, Edna has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son. When she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, it makes for what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a comedy. Chaplin also directs.
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Baby Hathaway, Carl Miller, Granville Redmond, May White, Henry Bergman, Tom Wilson, Charles Reisner, Raymond Lee, Lita Grey, Edith Wilson, Jack Coogan Sr.
Director
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films
Rent Man with the Movie Camera on DVD Man with the Movie Camera
Synopsis
Cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov's controversial 1929 film still pulses with energy, innovation and genius. This landmark silent masterpiece from the Soviet avant-garde director stylishly highlights the buzz of everyday city life (shops, traffic, children, coal miners, nature) as seen through the eyes of a roving cameraman. Many filmic devices are used to comment on vision, life, Marxism and modernity in the Soviet Union.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Dziga Vertov
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Silent Films, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Experimental, Foreign Documentaries, Russia, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions
Rent Our Hospitality / Sherlock Jr. on DVD Our Hospitality / Sherlock Jr.
Synopsis
Silent-film master Buster Keaton directs and acts in this double feature. Both films in this classic combo showcase Keaton's amazing physical comedy, innovative visual effects and captivating personality. In Our Hospitality, Keaton resurrects a long-standing Southern feud when he falls for a gal on the wrong side of the fence. In Sherlock Jr., Keaton plays a daydreaming movie projectionist in love with an unattainable woman.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Roberts, Ward Crane, Joseph Keaton, Natalie Talmadge
Director
Director
John Blystone, Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films
Rent Intolerance on DVD Intolerance
Synopsis
In D.W. Griffith's monumental epic, four stories spanning two millennia illustrate how intolerance has played a pernicious role in such historic events as Christ's crucifixion and the fall of Babylon.
Cast
Cast
Robert Harron, Lillian Gish, Bessie Love, Mae Marsh, Seena Owen, Constance Talmadge, Josephine Crowell, Margery Wilson, Alfred Paget, George Siegmann, Miriam Cooper, Elmer Clifton
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Epics
Rent The Circus on DVD The Circus
Synopsis
Charlie Chaplin once again dons the tattered threads of his iconic alter ego in this underrated effort. Desperate to elude the police who have mistaken him for a notorious pickpocket, the bumbling vagabond joins the ranks of a traveling circus. While posing as a big top performer, the Tramp falls head over heels for an equestrienne (Merna Kennedy) who just so happens to be the daughter of the circus's no-nonsense ringmaster (Al Ernest Garcia).
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Henry Bergman, Harry Crocker, John Rand, Stanley "Tiny" Sandford, George Davis, Steve Murphy, Betty Morrissey
Director
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films, Slapstick
Rent The Phantom of the Opera on DVD The Phantom of the Opera
Synopsis
A grotesquely disfigured composer known as the "Phantom" (Lon Chaney) haunts Paris' opera house, where he's secretly grooming Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) to be an opera diva. Luring her to his underground lair, the Phantom declares his love. But Christine loves Raoul de Chagny and plans to elope with him after her next performance. When the Phantom finds out, he abducts Christine, incurring the wrath of Raoul -- and a horde of rabid Parisians.
Cast
Cast
Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, Snitz Edwards
Director
Director
Rupert Julian
Genres
Genres
Classics, Horror Classics, Silent Films
Rent Wings on DVD Wings
Synopsis
The first feature film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Wings tells the story of two men in love with the same woman. Their rivalry grows into a wary friendship once they become fellow fighter pilots in World War I.
Cast
Cast
Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel, Richard Tucker, Gary Cooper, Gunboat Smith, Henry B. Walthall
Director
Director
William A. Wellman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Action Classics, Silent Films
Rent The Last of the Mohicans on DVD The Last of the Mohicans
Synopsis
This silent film version of James Fenimore Cooper's adventure novel packs a wallop. During the 18th century wars between the French and English, Huron Indian Magua sides with the French, while Mohicans Uncas and Chingachgook remain loyal to the Brits. The action gets intense during the Fort Henry bloodbath, but the movie's dramatic climax comes when the commander's daughter threatens to jump from a cliff rather than fall into Magua's clutches.
Cast
Cast
Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford, Lillian Hall-Davies, Henry Woodward, George Hackathorne, Nelson McDowell
Director
Director
Maurice Tourneur, Clarence Brown
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action & Adventure, Silent Films
Rent The Man Who Laughs on DVD The Man Who Laughs
Synopsis
In this classic horror film based on a novel by Victor Hugo, Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt), the son of an aristocrat, is kidnapped for political reasons and then disfigured by a gypsy surgeon, who leaves the boy's face paralyzed in a contorted smile. He finds refuge in a traveling theatre troupe, but his lineage is eventually discovered, and he soon finds himself being pulled back into the social and political world he was taken from as a boy.
Cast
Cast
Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Josephine Crowell, George Siegmann, Brandon Hurst, Sam De Grasse, Stuart Holmes, Cesare Gravina, Edgar Norton
Director
Director
Paul Leni
Genres
Genres
Horror, Horror Classics, Silent Films
Rent Steamboat Bill, Jr. on DVD Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Synopsis
A young dandy gets caught in the midst of a feud between his father, Steamboat Bill Sr., and rival riverboat proprietor J.J. King. As Bill Sr. goes about toughening up his foppish son, Junior is busy falling for King's daughter.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron
Director
Director
Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent The Ten Commandments on DVD The Ten Commandments
Synopsis
Using California's dunes as a proxy for Egyptian sands, acclaimed director Cecil B. DeMille launched his first film production of The Ten Commandments, casting Theodore Roberts as Moses and Charles de Rochefort as the powerful pharaoh Rameses. Though epic in scale, only half this silent movie focuses on the well-known biblical tale; the second part, set in the 1920s, uses the commandments saga as a preface for a morality yarn about two brothers.
Cast
Cast
Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Estelle Taylor, Julia Faye, James Neill, Lawson Butt, Clarence Burton, Noble Johnson, Edythe Chapman, Richard Dix, Rod La Rocque, Leatrice Joy, Nita Naldi, Robert Edeson
Director
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Genres
Genres
Classics, Epics, Silent Films, Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films, Religious & Mythic Epics, Religious & Spiritual Dramas
Rent The Navigator on DVD The Navigator
Synopsis
After his beloved rejects his marriage proposal, millionaire Rollo Treadway sets off on a cruise to tend to his wounds. But he mistakenly boards the wrong ship and winds up marooned with the very woman who broke his heart.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton, Noble Johnson
Director
Director
Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Seven Chances on DVD Seven Chances
Synopsis
This silent classic stars Buster Keaton as a young man who stands to inherit $7 million -- if he can find a wife by his 27th birthday. When appeals to the longtime object of his affection fail, a news story brings out hundreds of potential brides.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer, Frances Raymond, Erwin Connelly, Jules Cowles
Director
Director
Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films
Rent Lon Chaney: The Unknown on DVD Lon Chaney: The Unknown
Synopsis
This tribute to Lon Chaney features the 1927 movie The Unknown, in which Chaney portrays an armless knife thrower. Biographer Michael Blake also shares his views on the premier silent film illusionist in an audio commentary. In addition, a version of the unfinished Chaney feature London After Midnight is included, as well as the documentary "Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces," narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
Cast
Cast
Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz, John George, Frank Lanning, Kenneth Branagh
Director
Director
Tod Browning, Kevin Brownlow
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Horror Classics
Rent 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on DVD 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Synopsis
One of the first epic, big-budget movies of the silent era, this sci-fi classic based on Jules Verne's novel recounts the tale of the notorious, power-mad Capt. Nemo (Allen Holubar). Driven by years of bitterness, Nemo plans to use the Nautilus -- his fantastic, revolutionary submarine -- to rule the waves and exact revenge on the world. The film's astonishing underwater photography, which was far ahead of its time, still inspires awe.
Cast
Cast
Matt Moore, Jane Gail, Dan Hanlon, Allen Holubar
Director
Director
Stuart Paton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures, Silent Films
Rent The Last Command on DVD The Last Command
Synopsis
Emil Jannings earned a Best Actor Oscar for his nuanced portrayal of Sergius Alexander, an aristocratic czarist general deposed during the Bolshevik Revolution who ultimately escapes to America and ekes out a living as a Hollywood extra. But his past catches up with him when director Lev Andreyev (William Powell), a former adversary sent to jail by Alexander, casts the erstwhile general in a film about the Russian revolt.
Cast
Cast
Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond, Nicholas Soussanin, Michael Visaroff, Fritz Feld
Director
Director
Josef Von Sternberg
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent October on DVD October
Synopsis
Created to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia, this re-creation is considered one of director Sergei Eisenstein's (Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky) best works. Known for its brilliant use of montage, reenactment, lighting and editing, this historical masterpiece diligently chronicles the events leading up to the Bolshevik takeover of the Kerenksy regime.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions, Russia
Rent It on DVD It
Synopsis
This silent comedy stars Clara Bow as Betty Lou Spence, a spirited department store clerk who sets her cap for her handsome boss. But complications ensue when Betty steps in to help her roommate, an unwed mother being harassed by social workers.
Cast
Cast
Clara Bow, António Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner, Jacqueline Gadsden, Julia Swayne Gordon
Director
Director
Clarence G. Badger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies, Romantic Comedies
Rent The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Vol. 2 on DVD The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Vol. 2
Synopsis
Comic genius of the silent screen Harold Lloyd stars in this collection of nine short and feature-length classics, including The Kid Brother (1927), in which skinny runt Lloyd battles a carnival strongman. The Freshman (1925) -- one of Lloyd's acknowledged masterpieces -- sees the scrawny comedian headed to college and trying out for football. And in the talkie Feet First (1930), the funnyman plays a shoe clerk who pretends to be a millionaire.
Cast
Cast
Harold Lloyd
Director
Director
Fred C. Newmeyer, Hal Roach, Ted Wilde, Clyde Bruckman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Slapstick, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Broken Blossoms on DVD Broken Blossoms
Synopsis
Cheng Huan migrates to England hoping to sow the seeds of Buddhism's pacifist canons. Instead, he ends up as an opium addict in London's seedy Limehouse district. There, he rescues an abused waif, and romance blooms as he nurses her back to health.
Cast
Cast
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr., George Beranger, Norman Selby
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Romantic Dramas
Rent Melies the Magician on DVD Melies the Magician
Synopsis
This collection of shorts and film excerpts from illusionist and cinematic innovator Georges Melies showcases his groundbreaking techniques that paved the way to modern filmmaking. Considered to be the father of cinematic special effects, Melies used time-lapse and other methods now fundamental to Hollywood. "The Music Lover," "A Trip to the Moon," "The Infernal Cakewalk" and other examples of Melies's influence are included in this compilation.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Georges Méliès
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Silent Films
Rent Go West on DVD Go West
Synopsis
Having no luck in the city, a downtrodden chap known as Friendless heads west. His odyssey takes him to a ranch, where he builds a relationship with a neglected cow dubbed Brown Eyes. But he learns she's on the way to a Los Angeles slaughterhouse.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers, Ray Thompson, Brown Eyes
Director
Director
Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Robin Hood on DVD Robin Hood
Synopsis
In the midst of the 12th century Crusades, the Earl of Huntingdon sets out on a crusade of his own -- to save Nottingham from Prince John's tyrannical rule in King Richard's absence. The earl transforms himself into valiant swashbuckler Robin Hood (Douglas Fairbanks) and begins a quest that includes stealing from the rich, giving to the poor, charming Maid Marian and becoming one of the greatest adventure heroes of all time.
Cast
Cast
Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett, Paul Dickey, William Lowery, Roy Coulson, Billie Bennett, Wilson Benge, Willard Louis, Alan Hale, Maine Geary, Lloyd Talman
Director
Director
Allan Dwan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Silent Films
Rent The Lost World on DVD The Lost World
Synopsis
Maverick scientist Prof. Challenger (Wallace Beery) claims that dinosaurs still exist on a remote Brazilian plateau, and to prove his assertion he leads an expedition up the Amazon. The team indeed finds the evidence they seek when one of the beasties cuts off their only route back to civilization. Barely escaping with their lives, the party returns to London -- live brontosaur in tow. Sure enough, the big bruiser gets loose, and bedlam ensues.
Cast
Cast
Wallace Beery, Alma Bennett, Jules Cowles
Director
Director
Harry O. Hoyt
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Adventure, Fantasy
Rent College on DVD College
Synopsis
To capture the heart of a winsome campus coed, cerebral milquetoast Ronald (Buster Keaton) vows to become a college jock. Needless to say, his floundering ineptitude leads to the agony of defeat. But when his muscle-bound rival (Harold Goodwin) snatches Ronald's sweetheart, he turns into a world-class athlete as he races to her rescue. An extended track-and-field sequence showcases Keaton's inimitable gymnastic genius.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Flora Bramley, Harold Goodwin, Carl Harbaugh
Director
Director
James W. Horne
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies, Romance Classics, Slapstick
Rent Uncle Tom's Cabin on DVD Uncle Tom's Cabin
Synopsis
Depicting the realities of slavery while lamenting the passage of an idealized South, this 1927 movie adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's famed novel was one of the most expensive films of the silent era. James B. Lowe delivers a sensitive performance as Uncle Tom, while black and white actors bring to life the roles of Eliza, Eva and George. George Siegmann is chilling as the villainous Simon Legree.
Cast
Cast
Virginia Grey
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films
Rent Ben-Hur: The Silent Version on DVD Ben-Hur: The Silent Version
Synopsis
Before William Wyler's grand epic, this 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur stunned audiences with lavish sets and a spectacular chariot race. An orchestral score from acclaimed Hollywood composer Carl Davis is added to this version of Fred Niblo's film. The picture went on to become the third-highest-grossing silent film of all time. Ramon Novarro stars as Judah Ben-Hur, Francis X. Bushman plays Messala, and May McAvoy takes on the role of Esther.
Cast
Cast
Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson, Claire McDowell, Carmel Myers, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Leo White, Charles Belcher, Dale Fuller
Director
Director
Fred Niblo
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films, Epics
Rent The Mark of Zorro on DVD The Mark of Zorro
Synopsis
By day, Don Diego de la Vega is the ne'er-do-well son of a wealthy California rancher. By night, he's the masked hero Zorro, who fights to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyrannical Capt. Juan Ramon.
Cast
Cast
Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Noah Beery Jr., Robert McKim
Director
Director
Fred Niblo
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Silent Films
Rent Strike on DVD Strike
Synopsis
The suicide of a worker unjustly accused of theft prompts the laborers working at a Moscow factory to call a strike. The managers, the owner and the Czarist government dispatch infiltrators in an attempt to break the workers' unity.
Cast
Cast
Grigori Alexandrov, Aleksandr P. Antonov, Mikhail Gomorov, Maxim Strauch, Yudif Glizer, Ivan Klyukvin, Maksim Shtraukh, Boris Yurtsev
Director
Director
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Classic Dramas, Russia, Silent Films, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Regions
Rent Spies on DVD Spies
Synopsis
A banker plots to topple the government and take over. But first he must contend with an unwitting duo -- brilliant Sonia and dashing agent Donald Tremaine -- who are working around the clock to put a stop to his nefarious deeds.
Cast
Cast
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers, Louis Ralph, Craighall Sherry, Willy Fritsch, Paul Hörbiger, Lupu Pick, Fritz Rasp, Rose Valetti
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Foreign, Silent Films, Classic Thrillers, Espionage Thrillers, Foreign Classics, Foreign Thrillers, Germany
Rent Different from the Others on DVD Different from the Others
Synopsis
Banned by the German government after its theatrical release in 1919, this rare silent film was one of the first popular movies to deal with the subject of homosexuality: violinist Paul Körner (Conrad Veidt) is blackmailed after hitting on a man at a dance. The film was written in part by Magnus Hirschfeld, renowned German sexologist, gay-rights advocate and founder of the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin.
Cast
Cast
Conrad Veidt, Leo Connard, Ilse von Tasso-Lind, Alexandra Willegh, Ernst Pittschau, Fritz Schulz, Wilhelm Diegelmann, Clementine Plessner, Anita Berber, Reinhold Schünzel, Helga Molander, Magnus Hirschfeld
Director
Director
Richard Oswald
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Gay, LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Silent Films, Germany, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Dramas, Foreign LGBT, Foreign Regions
Rent Seventh Heaven on DVD Seventh Heaven
Synopsis
In this sentimental silent drama helmed by Frank Borzage, Parisian sewer worker Chico (Charles Farrell) comes to the defense of poor waif Diane (Janet Gaynor), whose absinthe-addicted sister (Gladys Brockwell) is exploiting her. Chico soon falls in love with Diane -- if reluctantly -- and they tie the knot, but their joy is cut short as World War I sends Chico off to battle. Gaynor and Borzage chalked up Academy Awards for their superb work.
Cast
Cast
Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard, Albert Gran, David Butler, Marie Mosquini, Gladys Brockwell, Jessie Haslett, Dolly Borzage, Mary Borzage, Lewis Borzage Sr.
Director
Director
Frank Borzage
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films, Classic War Stories, Romance Classics, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas
Rent The Black Pirate on DVD The Black Pirate
Synopsis
Exhibiting his trademark bravado and finesse, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. portrays the titular buccaneer, the lone survivor of a pirate attack that killed his father. Naturally, the valorous swashbuckler vows vengeance. Sword in hand, he infiltrates the lair of the villainous high-seas marauders, single-handedly captures one of their merchant vessels and scores the hat trick with the requisite rescue of a damsel in distress (Billie Dove).
Cast
Cast
Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Anders Randolf, Donald Crisp, Sam De Grasse
Director
Director
Albert Parker
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Silent Films, Super Swashbucklers
Rent The Docks of New York on DVD The Docks of New York
Synopsis
When burly seaman Bill Roberts (George Bancroft) sees a young woman trying to drown herself in the East River, he jumps in to rescue her -- but soon comes to realize that much more will be required to save her from her desperate straits. Also starring Betty Compson, this gritty look at life on New York City's early 20th century waterfront is among several brilliantly crafted silent films from acclaimed director Josef von Sternberg.
Cast
Cast
George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova, Clyde Cook, Mitchell Lewis, Gustav Von Seyffertitz, Guy Oliver, May Foster, Lillian Worth
Director
Director
Josef Von Sternberg
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films
Rent Way Down East on DVD Way Down East
Synopsis
Lillian Gish stars as Anna Moore, a naïve New Englander duped into a sham marriage by a man who deserts her after she gets pregnant. When the infant dies, Anna leaves Boston, changes her name and finds shelter in a tranquil farm community.
Cast
Cast
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romantic Dramas, Silent Films, Classic Westerns
Rent Underworld on DVD Underworld
Synopsis
Bull Weed (George Bancroft) is a gangster in love with his moll, Feathers (Evelyn Brent), and in command of his turf. But when he takes alcoholic Rolls Royce (Clive Brook) under his wing and gives him a shot at infamy, Weed soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished, especially for a criminal. Directed by the celebrated Josef Von Sternberg, this 1920s silent film won an Academy Award for its gripping screenplay.
Cast
Cast
George Bancroft, Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook, Fred Kohler, Helen Lynch, Larry Semon, Jerry Mandy
Director
Director
Josef Von Sternberg
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films
Rent Battling Butler on DVD Battling Butler
Synopsis
While hunting one day, namby-pamby Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) nearly shoots a beautiful mountain girl (Sally O'Neil)-- and instantly falls in love. But he must first win the approval of her macho father and brother, so to that end, he poses as boxing champ "Battling" Butler. The subterfuge works perfectly ... until the genuine article (Francis McDonald), a nasty sort of chap, turns up.
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, Francis McDonald, Snitz Edwards, Virginia Fox, Bonnie Hill, Sally O'Neil
Director
Director
Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent The Cat and the Canary on DVD The Cat and the Canary
Synopsis
The heirs to a sizable fortune must spend the night in the creepy mansion of their long-dead benefactor. When the family lawyer turns up murdered, people point the finger at young Annabelle, who's first in line to inherit the fortune.
Cast
Cast
Forrest Stanley, Arthur Edmund Carew, Flora Finch, Creighton Hale, Tully Marshall, Martha Mattox, Laura La Plante, Geo. Seigmann
Director
Director
Paul Leni
Genres
Genres
Classics, Horror Classics, Silent Films
Rent Orphans of the Storm on DVD Orphans of the Storm
Synopsis
Director D.W. Griffith's silent classic follows the plight of orphaned sisters Henriette and Louise, who travel to Paris hoping to find a cure for Louise's blindness. But trouble befalls them as soon as they arrive.
Cast
Cast
Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Vol. 1 on DVD The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Vol. 1
Synopsis
Trace the remarkable arc of Charlie Chaplin's silent-screen career with a comprehensive collection of his most "essential" films. This first installment of a multivolume set includes Making a Living (his first film) and Mabel's Strange Predicament. Making a Living finds Chaplin causing problems for a newspaper reporter (Henry Lehrman); Mabel's Strange Predicament finds him donning his signature tramp costume for the very first time.
Cast
Cast
Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Director
Director
Mack Sennett
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent The Three Musketeers on DVD The Three Musketeers
Synopsis
D'Artagnan (Douglas Fairbanks) joins musketeers Athos (Leon Barry), Porthos (George Siegmann) and Aramis (Eugene Pallette) to fight the devious Cardinal Richelieu (Nigel De Brulier), who's scheming to shame Queen Anne (Mary McLaren) in the view of King Louis XIII (Adolphe Menjou). As he aims to steal a brooch given to the Queen by her lover, it's up to D'Artagnan and the Musketeers to recover the bauble and maintain the Queen's good name.
Cast
Cast
Douglas Fairbanks, George Siegmann, Marguerite De La Motte, Eugene Pallette, Adolphe Menjou
Director
Director
Fred Niblo
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Super Swashbucklers, Silent Films, Epics, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent The Iron Mask on DVD The Iron Mask
Synopsis
In this lavish sequel to The Three Musketeers, dashing D'Artagnan (Douglas Fairbanks) reunites comrades Athos (Leon Bary), Porthos (Tiny Sandford) and Aramis (Gino Corrado) to undertake the rescue of Louis XIV (William Bakewell), rightful king of France, who is locked away and forced to wear an iron mask. The musketeers must thwart the murderous machinations of Count De Rochefort (Ullrich Haupt) in Douglas Fairbanks's silent-film swan song.
Cast
Cast
Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Belle Bennett, William Bakewell, Nigel De Brulier, Tiny Sandford, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis, Rolfe Sedan, Leon Bary, Gino Corrado, Charles Stevens, Ullrich Haupt
Director
Director
Allan Dwan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Action Classics, Super Swashbucklers
Rent Piccadilly on DVD Piccadilly
Synopsis
In this 1929 drama, London nightclub dancer Mabel Greenfield (Gilda Gray) is the object of her boss Wilmot's (Jameson Thomas) affection -- so much so that he fires her partner, Victor (Cyril Ritchard), out of jealousy. When profits tank, Wilmot gives dishwasher Shosho a job as a dancer, much to the crowd's liking. Now, Mabel is the jealous one, and a trip to Shosho's apartment will end in Shosho's death. But could Mabel really be the killer?
Cast
Cast
Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong, Jameson Thomas, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, King Ho Chang, Hannah Jones
Director
Director
Ewald Andre Dupont
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Showbiz Dramas
Rent Daddy Long Legs on DVD Daddy Long Legs
Synopsis
In this delightful, comic melodrama, Jerusha "Judy" Abbott (Mary Pickford), abandoned at birth in an alley, grows up in a cruel orphanage with a prison-camp atmosphere. But her fortunes turn when an anonymous benefactor -- whom she christens "Daddy Long Legs" -- finances her college education. Complementing the feature film is director D.W. Griffith's 1910 short What the Daisy Said, about two country girls seduced by a gypsy.
Cast
Cast
Mary Pickford, Mahlon Hamilton, Marshall Neilan
Director
Director
Marshall Neilan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Vol. 3 on DVD The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Vol. 3
Synopsis
Comic genius Harold Lloyd stars in this collection of 11 short and feature-length classics. The comedy king plays a baseball fanatic his last silent feature, Speedy (1928), which includes vintage footage of Manhattan and a cameo by Babe Ruth. In his most popular talkie, Movie Crazy (1932), Lloyd plays a Kansas boy who heads to Hollywood, dreaming of stardom. And in For Heaven's Sake (1926), the bespectacled actor falls for a minister's daughter.
Cast
Cast
Harold Lloyd
Director
Director
Fred C. Newmeyer, Hal Roach, Ted Wilde, Clyde Bruckman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Slapstick, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Cabiria on DVD Cabiria
Synopsis
When a young girl and her nurse are kidnapped in the midst of the Punic wars, she finds herself on her way to be sacrificed in the temple of Moloch, where her only hope for rescue is a Roman spy and his slave.
Cast
Cast
Carolina Catena, Lidia Quaranta, Gina Marangoni, Dante Testa, Umberto Mozzato, Bartolomeo Pagano, Raffaele di Napoli, Emilio Vardannes, Edoardo Davesnes, Italia Almirante-Manzini
Director
Director
Giovanni Pastrone
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Silent Films, Silent Films, Italy
Rent Street Angel on DVD Street Angel
Synopsis
Janet Gaynor scored a Best Actress Oscar for her superb performance as an impoverished gamine named Angela who must choose between selling her virtue and letting her ailing mother go without medicine. On the run from a prostitution charge, Angela meets struggling young artist Gino (Charles Farrell), and they fall in love. But their joy evaporates when police arrest and imprison Angela, plunging the disconsolate Gino into a downward spiral.
Cast
Cast
Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Alberto Rabagliati, Cino Conti, Guido Trento, Henry Armetta
Director
Director
Frank Borzage
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Romantic Dramas
Rent Foolish Wives / The Man You Loved to Hate on DVD Foolish Wives / The Man You Loved to Hate
Synopsis
Foolish Wives, the first film in this special double feature showcasing the work of Erich von Stroheim, explores the boredom and disdain felt by one woman for her husband, an American diplomat who's obsessed with his work during their holiday in Monte Carlo. The second feature, The Man You Loved to Hate, is a compelling documentary about von Stroheim, the mysterious man whose role as a cinematic genius in the 1920s is still highly regarded today.
Cast
Cast
Erich von Stroheim, Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George, Mae Busch, Dale Fuller, Al Edmundsen, Cesare Gravina, Edward Binns, Paul Kohner, Marcel Dalio, Leonard Spigelgass, Samuel Marx, Valerie Von Stroheim
Director
Director
Erich von Stroheim, Patrick Montgomery
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Lon Chaney: Ace of Hearts on DVD Lon Chaney: Ace of Hearts
Synopsis
Master magician and silent film performer Lon Chaney's best work is gathered in a this set. This video includes The Ace of Hearts, a film about mayhem and murder, and Laugh, Clown, Laugh, in which Chaney plays a circus performer who's smitten. Extras include an introduction by Robert Osborne, audio commentaries, still galleries and more.
Cast
Cast
Lon Chaney, Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Hardee Kirkland, Raymond Hatton, Edwin Wallock, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young, Cissy Fitzgerald, Nils Asther, Gwen Lee
Director
Director
Wallace Worsley, Herbert Brenon
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Romantic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas
Rent The Iron Horse (U.S. Version) on DVD The Iron Horse (U.S. Version)
Synopsis
In this epic silent Western from John Ford, railroad surveyor Davy Brandon (George O'Brien) must find a route through the Rocky Mountains and carry on the dream of his father, who died before he could see the country linked by a transcontinental train line. As the Union Pacific construction crew battles fierce weather and hostile Indians, Davy also tries to track down the mysterious two-fingered man who killed his father.
Cast
Cast
George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy, Cyril Chadwick, J. Farrell MacDonald
Director
Director
John Ford
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Westerns, Silent Films
Rent Edison: The Invention of the Movies on DVD Edison: The Invention of the Movies
Synopsis
This fascinating set tells the history of the Edison Company and the invention of the motion picture. The collection features 140 complete Edison Company films from 1891-1918, restored and set to music; more than 200 scans from MOMA'S Edison Collection, including script fragments, interoffice memos and promotions; film-by-film program notes by expert Charles Musser; hours of interviews with archivists and scholars; and more.
Cast
Cast
Charles Musser, Steven Higgins, Paul Israel
Director
Director
Thomas Edison
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Silent Films
Rent Queen Kelly on DVD Queen Kelly
Synopsis
Kitty Kelly (Gloria Swanson), a young woman living in a convent, is charmed by a prince who later kidnaps her. When the Queen interrupts the intended tryst, the girl is beaten and humiliated to the brink of suicide. Before she can kill herself, however, Kitty receives a letter from her aunt who runs a brothel in East Africa and soon embarks on a series of adventures ... before things come full circle with the prince who started it all.
Cast
Cast
Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sylvia Ashton
Director
Director
Erich von Stroheim
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films
Rent Beyond the Rocks on DVD Beyond the Rocks
Synopsis
Screen legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino star as a love-struck twosome in this silent melodrama. Yielding to family pressure, Theodora Fitzgerald (Swanson) weds an elderly millionaire (Robert Bolder) but falls for valorous Lord Bracondale (Valentino) while on her honeymoon. When Theodora's new husband gets wind of her feelings for the noble aristocrat, will he seek reprisal or gallantly step aside?
Cast
Cast
Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder, Gertrude Astor, Mabel Van Buren, Helen Dunbar, Raymond Brathwayt, Frank Butler
Director
Director
Sam Wood
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romance Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent The Marriage Circle on DVD The Marriage Circle
Synopsis
Marital fidelity takes a beating in director Ernst Lubitsch's stylish sex comedy. Artful schemes abound as discontented housewife Mizzi Stock (Marie Prevost) sets her sights on Dr. Franz Braun (Monte Blue) -- the hubby of her blissfully wed best friend, Charlotte (Florence Vidor). Meanwhile, Mizzi's mate (Adolphe Menjou), who's itching for a divorce, hires a private investigator to get the goods on his irredeemably coquettish wife.
Cast
Cast
Adolphe Menjou, Dale Fuller, Harry Myers, Esther Ralston, Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost
Director
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Anthology of Surreal Cinema: Vol. 1 on DVD Anthology of Surreal Cinema: Vol. 1
Synopsis
Some of the most famous names in the French surrealist movement, such as Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp (founder of dadaism), contributed to this rare collection of four short, silent black-and-white films made in the early 1920s. Included is "Entr'acte" from director René Clair, Germain Dulac's "La Coquille et le Clergyman," "Ballet Mecanique," directed by Fernand Leger, and Duchamp's "Anemic Cinema."
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Rene Clair, Germaine Dulac, Fernand Leger, Dudley Murphy, Marcel Duchamp
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Silent Films, France, Foreign Classics, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Regions
Rent Landmarks of Early Film #2: Magic Melies on DVD Landmarks of Early Film #2: Magic Melies
Synopsis
Cinephiles will savor this phenomenal compendium of silent short films, which captures the birth of an artistic metamorphosis, providing a compelling glimpse into history and a practical reference source. Volume 2 focuses on filmmaker Georges Méliès, who created silver-screen magic through such techniques as stop motion and double exposure. Included are 15 Méliès films (in mint condition), plus a 20-minute documentary about his life and work.
Cast
Cast
Georges Méliès
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Silent Films
Rent The Saphead on DVD The Saphead
Synopsis
Buster Keaton makes his feature-film debut in this silent film as Bertie Van Alstyne, the mollycoddled son of Wall Street tycoon Nicholas Van Alstyne (William H. Crane). Dad wants his young son to amount to something, so he gives him $100,000 to try his hand at the stock market. The befuddled Bertie buys into what appears to be a worthless stock -- but it turns out he's the one with the head for business!
Cast
Cast
Buster Keaton, William H. Crane, Irving Cummings, Carol Holloway, Beulah Booker, Edward Alexander
Director
Director
Herbert Blanche
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Tartuffe on DVD Tartuffe
Synopsis
German director F.W. Murnau contemporizes his version of Molière's classic play by setting the exploration of morality and hypocrisy amid a plot by a housekeeper (Rosa Valetti) to poison her employer (Hermann Picha) and take control of his estate and fortune. But his grandson (André Mattoni) soon becomes wise to her scheme and shows his grandfather a film of Molière's "Tartuffe" to expose her plan.
Cast
Cast
Andre Mattoni, Hermann Picha, Rosa Valetti, Werner Krauss, Lil Dagover, Lucie Hoflich, Emil Jannings
Director
Director
F.W. Murnau
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Silent Films, German Language, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Vol. 11 on DVD The Essential Charlie Chaplin: Vol. 11
Synopsis
One of the most iconic and influential figures in cinema history, there'll never be another Charlie Chaplin. This collection features The Kid, one of Chaplin's early forays into feature film and the one that would confirm his genius once and for all. In The Kid, Chaplin's Tramp discovers an abandoned baby and decides to raise the boy as his own. Also featured in this volume are the shorts "Sunnyside" and "A Day's Pleasure."
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Parisian Love / Down to the Sea in Ships on DVD Parisian Love / Down to the Sea in Ships
Synopsis
Clara Bow, the 1920s "it girl," stars in this double feature. In Parisian Love, Bow plays a dancer posing as an Apache in Paris (opposite Donald Keith as her boyfriend). Parisian Love was long thought to be lost, but the master print was serendipitously found. Bow debuted in 1922 in Down to the Sea in Ships, a romantic drama about forbidden love in a whaling community.
Cast
Cast
Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, J. Gordon Russell, Hazel Keener, Marguerite Courtot, Raymond McKee, William Walcott, James Turfler, Leigh Smith, Pat Hartigan
Director
Director
Elmer Clifton, Louis J. Gasnier
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Romantic Dramas
Rent A Fool There Was on DVD A Fool There Was
Synopsis
Theda Bara, one of only a few sex symbols in the early 1900s, stars in this 1915 silent film classic featuring the original organ score. Bara plays a vamp who uses her charms to seduce and corrupt a moral Wall Street lawyer, John Schuyler (Edward Jose). A Fool There Was was long considered controversial for such risque title cards as "Kiss me, my fool!"
Cast
Cast
Theda Bara, Edward Jose, Runa Hodges, Mabel Frenyear, May Allison, Clifford Bruce, Victor Benoit
Director
Director
Frank Powell
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent Safety Last! on DVD Safety Last!
Synopsis
The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin was the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd, the modern guy striving for success is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, SAFETY LAST! is the perfect introduction to him.
Cast
Cast
Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke
Director
Director
Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films
Rent D.W. Griffith: Years of Discovery on DVD D.W. Griffith: Years of Discovery
Synopsis
Over the course of five years, pioneering director D.W. Griffith created 450 films for the Biograph Company -- almost two films per week. Providing an unparalleled glimpse of American life at the turn of the century, the shorts star Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Lionel Barrymore, Mae Marsh and Mary Pickford. In addition to producing a high volume of films, Griffith's quickie two-reel movies paved the way for epics featuring the same legendary stars.
Cast
Cast
Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Dorothy Gish, Mack Sennett, Lionel Barrymore, Mae Marsh, Donald Crisp, Henry Walthall, Blanche Sweet, Elmer Booth
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent Chaplin Marathon on DVD Chaplin Marathon
Synopsis
This collection showcases the Little Tramp at his best, but is by no means comprehensive. Three short films -- The Immigrant, The Rink and The Vagabond -- cover Charlie Chaplin's finest work with Mutual Studios and illustrate his early genius. The full-length movie Tillie's Punctured Romance, credited as cinema's first feature comedy, was Chaplin's last film solely as an actor before his leap to the director's chair.
Cast
Cast
Charles Chaplin
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies
Rent Electric Edwardians on DVD Electric Edwardians
Synopsis
This collection of rare black-and-white footage captures all classes of Edwardian-era folk in the midst of their everyday lives. Shot by film pioneers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon in the early 20th century, the footage was produced for exhibition at fairgrounds throughout England. Bonus material includes an interview with Dr. Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive, as well as Mitchell and Kenyon's short film "Diving Lucy."
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
James Kenyon, Sagar Mitchell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, United Kingdom, Silent Films, Foreign Regions
Rent Phantom on DVD Phantom
Synopsis
In this beautifully restored version of director F.W. Murnau's classic film based on the popular newspaper serial by Gerhart Hauptmann, Alfred Abel stars as Lorenz Lubota, a would-be poet doomed by ambition and class. When Lorenz is hit by a carriage, he becomes obsessed with its passenger -- the daughter of one of the city's wealthiest families. But he can't have her and instead attempts to woo her evil look-alike, a prostitute named Mellitta.
Cast
Cast
Alfred Abel, Lil Dagover, Aud Egede Nissen, Lya de Putti
Director
Director
F.W. Murnau
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Silent Films, Germany, German Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness on DVD Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Synopsis
This silent, 1927 docudrama filmed in Thailand (then known as Siam) chronicles the lives of a family struggling to survive on the perimeter of an unforgiving jungle. Tribesman Kru leaves behind his wife and children as he stalks the leopards decimating his livestock. In the process, he unwittingly sets off a sequence of events sparking a massive elephant stampede that lays waste to Kru's village in the spectacular finale.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Epics, Classic Dramas
Rent The Saga of Gosta Berling on DVD The Saga of Gosta Berling
Synopsis
Following one man's journey to salvation, this compelling silent drama focuses on a defrocked country clergyman whose alcoholism costs him his parish. But after he moves in with a beautiful woman, she becomes the instrument of his redemption.
Cast
Cast
Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Sven Scholander, Ellen Hartman-Cederstrom, Mona Martenson, Torsten Hammaren, Gerda Lundeqvist, Jenny Hasselqvist, Sixten Malmerfelt, Karin Svanström
Director
Director
Mauritz Stiller
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent The Oyster Princess on DVD The Oyster Princess
Synopsis
When the shoe polish manufacturer's daughter marries a count, the oyster king's daughter -- not to be outdone -- must have a prince in this wicked satire from comic master Ernst Lubitsch. Determined not to let his "princess" down, her mogul father finds a financially hard up royal and throws the couple a lavish ceremony. What follows, however, is not what the bride had in mind. Also included is a comic short about a tomboy masquerading as a man.
Cast
Cast
Curt Goetz, Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke, Julius Falkenstein
Director
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Classics, Silent Films, Foreign Silent Films, Germany, Foreign Regions
Rent Laurel & Hardy: Be Big / A Lucky Dog on DVD Laurel & Hardy: Be Big / A Lucky Dog
Synopsis
Born in the 1900s, the haunting and timeless comic antics of Laurel and Hardy, one of the greatest comedy film duos in history, still make film fans laugh out loud more than 50 years after their last on-screen pairing. This video includes the 1931 short "Be Big!," in which the two buddies lie to their wives so they can go to the club; and the 1921 short "A Lucky Dog," in which they play an accused dognapper and a masked bandit who confronts him.
Cast
Cast
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Charlie Hall, Florence Gillet, Jack Lloyd
Director
Director
James Parrott, Jess Robbins
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Silent Films
Rent Leaves from Satan's Book on DVD Leaves from Satan's Book
Synopsis
Carl Theodor Dreyer's classic silent film tells the tale of Satan's (Helge Nissen) banishment from heaven. In order to return, Satan must perform acts of temptation upon humanity with the stipulation that for every soul who yields, 100 years will be added to his time on Earth. For every soul who resists, 1000 years will be commuted from his judgment. The film follows Satan's path through the ages as an instigator during times of conflict.
Cast
Cast
Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Jacob Texiere, Erling Hansson, Hallander Helleman, Ebon Strandin, Johannes Meyer
Director
Director
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Silent Films
Rent Asphalt on DVD Asphalt
Synopsis
Albert Holk is a Berlin policeman caught between his desires and his duties when he allows himself to be seduced by Elsa Kramer, a cunningly beautiful woman accused of robbing a jewelry store.
Cast
Cast
Albert Steinruck, Else Heller, Gustav Frohlich, Betty Amann, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Hans Albers, Arthur Duarte, Paul Hörbiger, Rosa Valetti
Director
Director
Joe May
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Classics, German Language, Germany
Rent Carmen / The Cheat on DVD Carmen / The Cheat
Synopsis
Two spectacular Cecil B. DeMille classics are included in this special collection. Carmen stars legendary soprano Geraldine Farrar in the title role of a woman whose seduction draws Spanish officer Don José (Wallace Reid) into a bloody world of jealousy, obsession and disgrace. The Cheat follows the trials of a woman (Fannie Ward) whose greed leads to murder. Charlie Chaplain's hilarious satire Burlesque on Carmen is also included.
Cast
Cast
Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, Horace B. Carpenter, William Elmer, Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, Sessue Hayakawa, James Neill, Jack Yutaka Abbe, Dana Ong, Hazel Childers, Charlie Chaplain
Director
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent Blind Husbands / The Great Gabbo on DVD Blind Husbands / The Great Gabbo
Synopsis
Blind Husbands, the first title in this Erich von Stroheim double feature, stars von Stroheim as von Steuben, a Prussian officer who pursues another man's wife while the couple is on vacation in the Alps. The second film, The Great Gabbo, also stars von Stroheim as the title character, a ventriloquist who relies on his dummy, Otto, for companionship after he alienates everyone else around him.
Cast
Cast
Erich von Stroheim, Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Gibson Gowland, Fay Holderness, Ruby Kendrick, Betty Compson, Donald Douglas, Marjorie Kane
Director
Director
Erich von Stroheim, James Cruze
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Romantic Dramas
Rent Blood and Sand on DVD Blood and Sand
Synopsis
As he struggles to become Spain's premier bullfighter, dark and handsome matador Juan Gallardo (Rudolph Valentino) is caught between his love for his devoted wife, Carmen (Lila Lee), and his passion for temptress Doña Sol (Nita Naldi) in this silent-era classic. Carmen stays by Juan's side when he suffers a serious setback, but his ardor for Doña Sol is reignited when he returns to the ring.
Cast
Cast
Rudolph Valentino, Rosa Rosanova, Charles Belcher, Nita Naldi, Lila Lee
Director
Director
Fred Niblo
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Silent Films
Rent Why Change Your Wife? / Miss Lulu Bett on DVD Why Change Your Wife? / Miss Lulu Bett
Synopsis
Gloria Swanson stars as frumpy Beth Gordon, who loses her hubby to a sexy dame in director Cecil B. DeMille's comedy Why Change Your Wife, one of two silent films in this double bill. But Beth's ex is in for a big surprise when she glams up with an extreme makeover. Helmed by Cecil's brother William DeMille, the romantic drama Miss Lulu Bett stars Lois Wilson as a mistreated butterfly who emerges from her cocoon and ultimately finds happiness.
Cast
Cast
Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson, Bebe Daniels, Milton Sills, Theodore Kosloff, Theodore Roberts, Sylvia Ashton, Helen Ferguson, Clarence Geldart
Director
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Classic Comedies, Romance Classics
Rent The Winning of Barbara Worth on DVD The Winning of Barbara Worth
Synopsis
While rancher Jefferson Worth (Charles Lane) teams with a big-city developer on a grand plan to irrigate the desert, Worth's adopted daughter, Barbara (Vilma Bánky), is caught between the affections of the ranch foreman, Abe (Gary Gooper), and the developer's stepson, Willard (Ronald Colman). A fierce rivalry forms between Abe and Willard in this blockbuster silent Western, which features gripping star turns from screen legends Cooper and Colman.
Cast
Cast
Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper, Charles Lane, Paul McAllister, Clyde Cook, Erwin Connelly
Director
Director
Henry King
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Westerns, Silent Films
Rent The Hands of Orlac on DVD The Hands of Orlac
Synopsis
A concert pianist survives a train crash only to discover that his hands have been amputated and replaced with those of an executed murderer. This silent classic follows the pianist as he descends into madness and despair.
Cast
Cast
Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner, Carmen Cartellieri, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas, Hans Homma
Director
Director
Robert Wiene
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Classics, Germany, Dramas Based on the Book, Foreign Regions
Rent City Girl on DVD City Girl
Synopsis
Influential German auteur F.W. Murnau directs this 1930 silent-era drama, which stars Charles Farrell as Lem Tustine, the son of a Minnesota farmer whose been given the difficult task of selling his family's wheat crop. Lem's mission takes him to Chicago, where he meets and marries city girl Kate (Mary Duncan), and brings her home to the Tustine farm in lieu of the windfall of cash the family had been hoping for.
Cast
Cast
Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Yorke, Anne Shirley, Tom McGuire, Richard Alexander, Patrick Rooney, Ed Brady, Roscoe Ates
Director
Director
F.W. Murnau
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas
Rent Don't Change Your Husband / Golden Chance on DVD Don't Change Your Husband / Golden Chance
Synopsis
This double bill of Cecil B. DeMille films shows off some of the director's early work. In Don't Change Your Husband (1919), a fickle woman (Gloria Swanson) tires of her husband (Elliott Dexter) and takes a lover (Lew Cody), only to discover that he's sleeping with the maid (Julia Faye). In The Golden Chance (1915), a well-bred woman (Cleo Ridgely) is forced to accept a low-paying job, but there's an unexpected perk: She gets to be Cinderella.
Cast
Cast
Cleo Ridgely, Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, Lew Cody, Horace B. Carpenter, Sylvia Ashton, Theodore Roberts, Julia Faye, Ernest Joy, James Neill, Edythe Chapman
Director
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Romantic Dramas
Rent Stella Maris on DVD Stella Maris
Synopsis
Mary Pickford displays her versatility in this Victorian melodrama, playing the handsome but paralyzed title character and homely orphan Unity Blake. Stella's well-meaning, patrician parents shield her from the world's harsh realities, while the unloved Unity suffers severe abuse at the hands of her alcoholic employer, Louise. Stella and Unity cross paths when both fall for John Risca (Conway Tearle) -- Louise's long-suffering husband.
Cast
Cast
Mary Pickford, Conway Tearle, Marcia Manon, Ida Waterman, Herbert Standing, Josephine Crowell
Director
Director
Marshall Neilan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Tearjerkers
Rent Reel Baseball: Films of the Silent Era on DVD Reel Baseball: Films of the Silent Era
Synopsis
Enjoy some of the earliest portrayals of baseball in films through this winning collection of 11 shorts and two feature films. Highlights include Headin' Home, Babe Ruth's film debut in which he stars as himself, and The Busher, the story of a minor league pitcher making it to the big leagues. In addition to a rare look at early baseball, the short films also include laughs from cartoon favorite Felix the Cat and comic John Bunny.
Cast
Cast
Babe Ruth, Ruth Taylor, William Sheer, Margaret Seddon, Frances Victory, James A. Marcus, Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, Jack Gilbert, John Bunny, Harold Lockwood, John McGraw, Billy Bevan, DeWolf Hopper, Felix the Cat
Director
Director
Lawrence C. Windom, Jerome Storm, George D. Baker
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Baseball
Rent Master Mystery / Terror Island / Man from on DVD Master Mystery / Terror Island / Man from
Synopsis
Renowned escape artist Harry Houdini harnesses his powers to amaze a captive audience in a classic silent serial and two thrilling feature films. In the 15-part The Master Mystery, he plays a government agent who grapples with a robot; in Terror Island, Houdini stars as an inventor who uses his scientific know-how to rescue his lover's father; and in The Man from Beyond, he plays a man who returns to civilization after being frozen for 100 years.
Cast
Cast
Harry Houdini, Marguerite Marsh, Ruth Stonehouse, Edna Britton, William Pike, Charles Graham, Floyd Buckley, Jack Burns
Director
Director
Burton L. King, Harry Grossman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Action Classics, Classic Thrillers
Rent The Harold Lloyd Collection 2 on DVD The Harold Lloyd Collection 2
Synopsis
Legendary slapstick comedian Harold Lloyd made audiences roar as a bespectacled everyman who managed to wriggle himself out of many a perilous situation, all the while trying to get the girl. Lloyd's fearless acrobatic skills and agility put him on par with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Watch a true master of physical comedy in this collection of 10 Lloyd silent films (many co-starring his wife, Mildred Davis) from the Hal Roach Studios.
Cast
Cast
Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Director
Director
Hal Roach
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Comedies, Slapstick
Rent Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley on DVD Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley
Synopsis
Spunky Amarilly Jenkins (Mary Pickford) had always been content with her large Irish family, poor San Francisco neighborhood and bartender boyfriend Terry (William Scott). But then she met Gordon (Norman Kerry). Soon, the sculptor and socialite is introducing a smitten Amarilly to his pretentious family and his upper-crust world. Will Amarilly mesh with high society? Watch this charming silent to find out!
Cast
Cast
Mary Pickford, William Scott, Norman Kerry, Ida Waterman, Margaret Landis, Kate Price
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Romance Classics
Rent Secrets of a Soul on DVD Secrets of a Soul
Synopsis
The newborn field of psychoanalysis provides the backdrop for this 1926 German thriller directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst. A tormented scientist (Werner Krauss) suffering from an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible urge to murder his wife seeks help in confronting his demons once and for all. The scientist's fantastic nightmares find brilliant expression in surreal sequences that mark this as a work of true cinematic art.
Cast
Cast
Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Ilka Gruning
Director
Director
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Foreign Silent Films, Germany, Foreign Regions
Rent The Wildcat on DVD The Wildcat
Synopsis
The leader of a band of mountain bandits falls in love with a lugubrious Bavarian officer in this early slapstick comedy that serves as a blunt satire of militarism in post-World War I Germany.
Cast
Cast
Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Marga Köhler, Edith Meller, Paul Heidemann, Wilhelm Diegelmann, Hermann Thimig, Paul Biensfeldt
Director
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Silent Films, Classic Comedies, Foreign Classic Comedies, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Classics, German Language, Germany
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