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The Birth of a Flower

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...The Birth of a Flower has been in continuous distribution since it was released in 1910. This is unusual, particularly in a market (science and nature film) that thrives on improving on past productions. Take a look on the ubiquitous...

The Informer

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Liam O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel of the same name was adapted twice for the screen, famously in 1935 by John Ford. This earlier version produced in sound and silent versions is arguably better. One of the finest films produced in a British...

It

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...‘It’, ‘it’ or ‘IT’, as you will find it variously listed, is as quintessentially 1920s as The Great Gatsby if only a few notches further down the social scale. Without Clara Bow, it would be a pleasant if somewhat thinly plotted romantic...

The Birth of a Nation

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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... the ante-bellum ‘Reconstruction’ of the South, Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman. As a Southerner himself, Griffith was drawn to a story that is now difficult for modern audiences to watch because of its racist content. The play and its source novels concern...

Berlin, Symphony of a City (Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...We are so used to being situated neatly in a city by the sight of an iconic building (New York/Empire State Building, Paris/Eiffel Tower, Big Ben/London) that the opening of this time-motion study of a day in the life of Berlin comes...

Les Hôtes de l’air (Glimpses of Bird Life)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Natural history films don’t get a high profile in any but the most comprehensive film histories, but they should, for these are some of the most painstaking and rewarding of all film-making efforts. Sometimes taking years to make...

The Fall of the House of Usher (La Chute de la maison Usher)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Jean Epstein’s Fall of the House of Usher is no easier to understand at first than the Edgar Allan Poe story (of 1839) but, like the story, it is really worth persisting. The film is short, just 63 minutes, and the plot fairly simple...

Napoleon (Napoléon vu par Abel Gance)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...It is futile to try and sum up Napoleon in the space allotted here; it’s far too big in every way – big man, big subject, big director, big, big film. It’s long, nearly six hours at its latest restored length, and it’s lavish, using all...

Voyage à travers l’impossible (The Impossible Voyage)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Georges Méliès’s major love was the popular theatre of the late nineteenth century. He sold his interest in the family firm to buy the Théâtre Robert-Houdin in 1888, an establishment specialising in magic shows. He had spent time...

Topical Budget 93-1 The Derby 1913

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...One cannot overstate the importance of newsreels in the development of film – they really deserve a volume of their own. With this in mind, I have chosen just one story that is revealing about newsreels in general but is also an important...