EFC II #201 – The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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#201 – The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Dir. Rupert Julian
Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, Snitz Edwards

The two hundred and first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Lon Chaney’s iconic starring vehicle from the silent era, The Phantom of Opera.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a horror classic and and features an unforgettable leading performance from Lon Chaney.

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EFC II #186 – The Gold Rush (1925)

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#186 – The Gold Rush (1925)
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Malcolm Waite, Henry Bergman

The one hundred and eighty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Charlie Chaplin’s acclaimed comedy drama, The Gold Rush.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a Chaplin movie, you’ve gotta see it.

Luke: Yes, it’s a wonderful film.

EFC II #185 – Seven Chances (1925)

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#185 – Seven Chances (1925)
Dir. Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer, Frances Raymond

The one hundred and eighty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Buster Keaton’s madcap comedy about a man trying to find a bride in one day, Seven Chances.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and Buster Keaton is always worth watching.

Luke: Yes, it’s a fantastic comedy.

 

EFC II #177 – The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)

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#177 – The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)
Dir. Germaine Dulac
Starring: Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière, Jean d’Yd, Madeleine Guitty

The one hundred and seventy-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Germaine Dulac’s impressionistic silent short, The Smiling Madame Beudet.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think it’s worth looking at, a great short story that’s told through impressionistic imagery very effectively.

EFC II #176 – Intolerance (1916)

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#176 – Intolerance (1916)
Dir. D. W. Griffith
Starring: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Margery Wilson, Eugene Pallette, Constance Talmadge, Elmer Clifton, Alfred Paget, Howard Gaye, Lillian Langdon, Lillian Gish

The one hundred and seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D. W. Griffith’s staggering silent epic, Intolerance.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, even if it doesn’t quite work overall, it’s strengths are nothing less than stunning cinema.

EFC II #145 – Within Our Gates (1920)

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#145 – Within Our Gates (1920)
Dir. Oscar Micheaux
Starring: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault, William Smith, Charles D. Lucas, Bernice Ladd, Mrs. Evelyn, William Starks, Ralph Johnson, E. G. Tatum, Grant Edwards

The one hundred and forty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Oscar Micheaux’s bold and striking statement on racism in the late 1910s, Within Our Gates.

Recorded in March 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s important historically as a brave statement for its time, even if it’s not a very good film technically.

EFC II #141 – Modern Times (1936)

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#141 – Modern Times (1936)
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Al Ernest Garcia

The one hundred and forty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the legendary Charlie Chaplin’s final silent film and a farewell to his “Little Tramp” persona, Modern Times.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Maybe, it’s great, but I’m not sure. If you like Chaplin it’s an obvious yes.

Luke: A yes from me, the last silent appearance from one of the all time great movie icons, and a damn good film on top of it. Paulette Goddard steals the show.

EFC II #137 – Metropolis (1927)

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#137 – Metropolis (1927)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp, Erwin Biswanger

The one hundred and thirty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, on the 90th anniversary of its original release, Fritz Lang’s magnum opus, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, Metropolis.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s brilliant, even if the first hour dragged.

Luke: Yes, one of the greatest films of all time, everyone needs to see it!

EFC II #128 – Napoleon (1927)

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#128 – Napoleon (1927)
Dir. Abel Gance
Starring: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance, Gina Manès, Marguerite Gance, Yvette Dieudonné, Philippe Hériat

The one hundred and twenty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abel Gance’s hugely innovative and awe inducing silent epic, Napoleon.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a staggering piece of cinema, a flawed masterpiece, but a definite must see.

EFC II #103 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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#103 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari {Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari} (1920)
Dir. Robert Wiene
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Fehér, Lil Dagover, Hans Twardowski

The one hundred and third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the hugely influential and groundbreaking silent horror from the beginnings of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a seminal horror film, and just for its undying influence it is an essential film to see before you die.