The silent treatment
A scene from Ernst Lubitsch’s “So This is Paris,” of which only 10 minutes of films remains.
MoMA has been running a phenomenal program of silent films for the last two years, giving audiences a comprehensive look at the birth of cinema. But in case you missed out on two years of investigating the careers of the era’s most innovative directors, MoMA has put together a ‘best of’ before they switch over to talkies. The films, which are recapped daily starting today and continuing over the next 3 weeks, include all the heavy hitters: D.W. Griffith, G.W. Pabst, Cecil B. De Mille, F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Carl Dreyer, Frank Borzage, Josef von Sternberg, the Lumiere Brothers and some favorites from the French avant garde like Buñuel and Dali’s Un Chien Andelou. If you know anyone who still thinks silent films in black and white are boring, take them to see Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jr. or wow them with Pabst’s Pandora’s Box, or my personal silent favorite, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, starring the talented and charming Janet Gaynor. See the full schedule.
Buster Keaton in “Sherlock Jr.” June 27-29