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.

EFC II #93 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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#93 – Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror {Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens} (1922)
Dir. F. W. Murnau
Starring: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landschoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Borz

The ninety-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Christopher Lee’s first time stepping the shoes of the legendary character that would define his career as much as it did Bela Lugosi, Hammer Horror’s version of: Dracula.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a horror classic and an incredibly well put together film for its time, even if I find it a little hard to be engaged with completely.

EFC II #80 – The Unknown (1927)

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#80 – The Unknown (1927)
Dir. Tod Browning
Starring: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz, John George, Frank Lanning, Polly Moran

The eightieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a dark and intriguing tale of a circus performer with no arms, played by the legendary character actor Lon Chaney, The Unknown.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, if only for a key scene in this film that is truly striking.

EFC II #76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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#76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long

The seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D.W. Griffith’s towering American Civil War epic that is in one part a masterpiece, and in another, a horrifying example at the inherent racism running rampant when the film was made, The Birth of a Nation.

Recorded in September 2016 & September 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, though it is, to paraphrase others, a schizophrenic masterpiece. Impeccably made for 1915, but some very questionable and offensive content.

EFC II #71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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#71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Dir. Raoul Walsh
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Brandon Hurst, Sojin Kamiyama, Mathilde Comont, Noble Johnson

The seventy first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a swashbuckling fantasy adventure featuring one of the biggest stars of the silent era in the title role, The Thief of Bagdad.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy/adventure films ever made.

EFC II #67 – Un Chien Andalou (1929)

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#67 – Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Dir. Luis Buñuel
Starring: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, Jaime Miravilles

The sixty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surrealist collaboration between film director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably, but I’m still gonna say no, I didn’t get much out of it at all.