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Silent Classics

The first three decades of cinema gave us some of the greatest films ever made, which had to tell their stories purely visually, giving us countless unforgettable images.

Thanks to excellent preservation and restoration efforts, these films are now available to watch in pristine condition, often with new scores by world renowned musicians.

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View The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands 1927 PG

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Summers

View Blancanieves
Blancanieves
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Blancanieves 2011 12A

Pablo Berger’s imaginative black-and-white ‘silent’ movie relocates the story of Snow White to 1920s Spain – complete with bullfighting dwarfs

105 mins

View Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin
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Battleship Potemkin 1925 PG

A fixture in the critical canon almost since its premiere, Eisenstein’s film about a 1905 naval mutiny was revolutionary in both form and content.

68 mins USSR Director. Sergei M. Eisenstein

View The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation 1915 15

D W Griffith's highly controversial, yet extremely significant American silent epic about the American Civil War and its aftermath.

191 mins USA Director. D.W. Griffith

View Un Chien Andalou
Un Chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou 1928 15

A scabrous study of desire, the subconscious and anti-clericalism - Buñuel and Dalí’s provocative first film is a classic of Surrealist cinema.

17 mins France Director. Luis Buñuel

View A Cottage on Dartmoor
A Cottage on Dartmoor

A Cottage on Dartmoor 1929 PG

Anthony Asquith (Underground) directs this embroiled melodrama, a tale of love and revenge, shot on location on the bleak landscape of Dartmoor.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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Downhill
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Downhill 1927 U

Alfred Hitchcock’s fifth film features an early variation on his fabled ‘wrong man’plot, as Ivor Novello stands accused of getting a girl pregnant.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

View The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1926 PG

Ivor Novello plays a strange lodger who may be behind a number of Jack the Ripper-style killings in Alfred Hitchcock’s silent thriller.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

View The Master of the House
The Master of the House

The Master of the House 1925 U

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s richly detailed tragicomedy of domestic manners is by turns funny, intensely emotional and deeply affecting.

107 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View Nosferatu
Nosferatu

Nosferatu 1922 PG

This influential Dracula adaptation contains some of the most famous images of expressionist film, with a new score by Hammer composer James Bernard.

89 mins Germany Director. F.W. Murnau

View The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
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The Phantom of the Opera 1925 PG

'Man of a thousand faces' Lon Chaney stars in the first version of Gaston Leroux's oft-filmed novel.

111 mins USA Director. Rupert Julian

View Turksib
Turksib

Turksib 1929 U

With bold and exhilarating flair, Turksib charts the monumental efforts to build a railway linking the regions of Turkestan and Siberia in 1920s USSR.

57 mins USSR Director. Viktor Turin

View Underground
Underground
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Underground 1928 PG

The BFI National Archive restoration of one of Anthony Asquith's finest silent films set in London's Underground, with a new score.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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