Silent Films’ WIN: My Road Through the Beginner’s Guide

My Favorite Easiest to Catch

Between D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms (Birth of a Nation… and Intolerance), Battleship Potemkin, The Phantom of the Opera ( or The Hunchback of Notredame), or Buster Keaton’s The General (or… Steamboat Bill, Jr.)… I have to admit I have an honest bias for Buster Keaton.

Yes, it’s falling on him!!!

The man is crazy amazing. I was most impressed with his stunts (and effects!) in Steamboat Bill, Jr.~ which my dad *cough* got for me some time after the new year. I know that movie is not part of the Beginner’s Guide, but it ultimately made me more adamant in catching The General, which I liked a lot as well.

I’ve watched some other of his films — thanks to MUBI! — like The Goat (1921), My Wife’s Relations (1922), and especially College (1927) — that scene in which he jumps through trees and bushes to high-jump through a window is… mind-blowing.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

3 Responses

  1. yay Buster Keaton!

    as for Charlie Chaplin, watch “The Gold Rush!”

    • amy says:

      @Diandra Rodriguez, yeah! I’ve been meaning to watch The Gold Rush and The Great Dictator, but you know~ xD life and movie updating gets in the way. Also, I’m supposed to be clearing all my list of Beguinner’s Guides — planning to graduate! LOL

      Any other Buster Keaton recommendations?

      • @amy, one of my favorite movies ever is Sherlock, Jr. My favorite short I’ve seen so far from Buster is “One Week.” I also recommend “The Haunted House.”
        As for other silent films, I recommend F.W. Murnau’s “The Last Laugh “Der Lezte Mann.”

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