I am starting my first series on my favorite films and music, starting from the 20's to present time. I could have started much a decade sooner but I like the 20's and decided that would be a great decade to start with. Originally I had planned on just writing about a few of m favorite classics but my list was too long, so I decided to break it down in categories separated by decade. Tune in for the next nine (9) Fridays too see which films and music artists make my favorites list
Today we are starting with the 1920's, however, the motion pictures dates back to Oct 14, 1088 with the film Roundhay Garden Scene which was directed by Louis Le Prince, French inventor and showman filmed in Leeds Yorkshire. I can't go on without mentioning Thomas Edison who invented the motion picture camera. There is quite a lot of history here which I will not delve into because this will then end up turning into a filmography history post. So, let's jump into 1919 where in Hollywood, CA began to become the motion picture capital of the world and would continue on for decades into present time.
There are so many great films from this decade. It was hard to not keep my list ling. I managed to convince myself that 10 films is ok. The films will be listed chronologically by year.
1.) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (IMDb)
This is a great film to start the list off and a great film for the halloween season that is approaching us. When I was younger this film horrified me but now I just see such a great picture and imagination.
2.) The Kid (1921) The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (IMDb)
If you are familiar with older films then you know Charlie Chaplin films. I am a fan of most of his films. His slapstick comedy set a bar for comedy (in my opinion). This was the first Charlie Chaplin film I watched. Once I watched this one I wanted to see more.
3.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (IMDb)
As a child I watched this film and I'm not going to lie, I was a little terrified but as I got older I realized it wasn't as terrifying as I had originally thought.
4.) The Thief of Bagdad (1924) A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (IMDb)
Honestly, the first time I watched this film I didn't really like it but I ended up watching it one night when I was having trouble sleeping. I ended up liking it and watching it many times again.
5.) Peter Pan (1924) Peter Pan enters the nursery of the Darling children and, with the help of fairy dust, leads them off to Never Never Land, where they meet the nefarious Captain Hook. (IMDb)
Peter Pan is an all time favorite. There have been so many versions. I like all of them including this one.
6.) The Gold Rush (1925) A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (IMDb)
I couldn't help it. I had to put another Charlie Chaplin film. I'm sorry, he is in too many classics. I wish comedy was still this simple, clean and fun. Nowadays comedy is so vulgar.
7.) The Phantom of the Opera (1925) A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (IMDb)
Don't you just love opera? And, when it is a little spooky it makes it even better. The storyline is pretty creepy and make you wonder what kind of stuff has happened in old theaters.
8.) Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (IMDb)
Great film, but I must point our that this film is not about Jesus Christ. Don't be tricked, I was haha... aside from the partial misunderstanding it was a vey entertaining film from this decade. (IMDb)
9.) The Wind (1928) A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad. (IMDb)
I Think that this is a film that is till this day relatable. One thing about humans is that we don't seem to change on a lot of things. Issues and annoyances are typically the same just under different circumstances and different years. I recommend watching this film TODAY haha.
10.) The Cocoanuts (1929) During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.
The Marx Brothers are also well known like Charlie Chaplin. Their physical comedy was so flawless and effortless. I enjoy watching this film time and time again.
These are 10 of my favorite films from the 20's. There are so many great films from this decade and before but 10 is a good number and we will stick with it.
What are some of your favorites from the 20's?