raybolger: this post brings you 75 of the major films and the greats of the silent era of film, a medium often forgotten and unfortunately more than 70% of it estimated to be lost. So, grab your gal and go on a nice wholesome date to the picture show, and maybe we can keep silent films in memory.
In the late silent era, it was popular to pair films with an already-recorded score. Don Juan (1926) with John Barrymore and Mary Astor was the first to do so. I’m usually not a fan of these scores, as the primitive sound technology is not always pleasant to listen to and they sometimes include vocal tracks which feel intrusive, but I really enjoyed the score recorded for the otherwise lackluster western, Trail of ‘98 (1928). Unfortunately, this video only contains instances of the central romantic theme, “I Found Gold When I Found You,” but it’s still a nice piece.
Soundtrack Suite to Metropolis (1927, Germany) - composed by Gottfried Huppertz; performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Frank Strobel; video edited by Frederik Riesberg
In a rare development for a silent film, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis was gifted with an enormous original score composed by Gottfried Huppertz - whose work must be placed in the conversation in debating the greatest film scores of all time. This score did not accompany Metropolis until a 2001 DVD release. This particular recording can be found on the 2010 DVD/Blu-Ray release with restored footage.