Top Ten By Year: 1925 – Poll Results


Previous Top Ten By Year Polls: 1958, 1978, 1992

(Reminder of the Poll rules: Participants could vote for up to 10 films; no more, but certainly less. Order was not required since it had no bearing on the results.)

First off, thank you so much to everyone who voted, from those impressively well-versed enough in silent cinema for a full top ten, to those kind enough to contribute a handful of passionate picks. I knew it was going to be a much lower turnout than usual due to the year in question, and I wasn’t wrong. 47 people voted for 50 different films.

Taking into account the internet’s oversaturation with lists/listicles, I hope it’s clear that this project is anything but tossed off. Seeing what makes the collective top ten is a lot of fun, but may I direct your attention to the full breakdown of votes and the individual ballots? My hope with these polls is that in addition to promoting scraps of anticipation for the related posts to come (What I’ll Remember About the Films of 1925: A Love Letter, Favorite Shots, and the Top Ten. Poster Highlights can be found here), that they mainly serve as a reference point for anyone looking for new films to watch whether it’s from seeing:

a. what ‘Film Twitter’ collectively loves
b. more importantly, the films towards the bottom of the list, the ones you’ve never heard of that are begging for (re)discovery.
c. the individual ballots of folks whose taste and knowledge you value (“I don’t know what this is, but if Labuza likes it, surely it’s worth a gander”; what do you mean, of course people talk like this)

Keep a look out next month for the final two posts for Top Ten By Year: 1925.

I’m also so happy and honored to announce my participation in the upcoming installment of The Film Experience’s Smackdown Panel, where we’ll be dissecting the Best Supporting Actress performances from 1948. I’m a huge fan of this column, so to be on it is both exciting and intimidating. You can find what 1948 in film means to me here, and expect the write-ups and podcast companion up at the end of the month!

Leave your thoughts on the poll in the comments section!

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POLL RESULTS – Top Ten By Year: 1925
1. The Gold Rush (Chaplin, US) – 41 votes 
2. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, Soviet Union) – 39 votes
3. Seven Chances (Keaton, US) – 26 votes
4. The Freshman (Newmeyer/Taylor, US) – 25 votes
5. The Big Parade (Vidor, US) – 21 votes
6. Strike (Eisenstein, Soviet Union) – 19 votes
(6). Phantom of the Opera (Julien, US)– 19 votes
8. Go West (Keaton, US) – 11 votes
(8). Master of the House (Dreyer, Denmark) – 11 votes
10. Chess Fever (Pudovkin/Shpikovsky, Soviet Union) – 10 votes 

The Rest:
7 votes: Varieté, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Merry Widow
5 votes: Tartuffe
4 votes: The Unholy Three, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
3 votes: Joyless Street, Orochi, Lazybones, The Monster, Body and Soul
2 votes: The Salvation Hunters, The Lost World, The Eagle, Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life
1 vote: Cyrano de Bergerac, A Woman of the World, Saint-Bernard, Les Aventures de Robert Macaire, Poil de Carrotte , Paris qui Dort, Whirlpool of Fate, In Youth, Beside the Lonely Sea, Don Q Son of Zorro, Super Hooper Dyne Lizzies, The Pleasure Garden, Proud Flesh, Sally of the Sawdust, Le Double Amour, Furasato no uta (Song of Home), Gus Visser and his Singing Duck , Stella Dallas, Dark Angel , Zandar the Great, His People, Beyond the Border, Stage Struck , Kentucky Pride, The Rat’s Knuckles, Faces of Children 

Individual Ballots: 

@marshlands:
The Big Parade, The Unholy Three, The Merry Widow, The Freshmanm, Seven Chances, The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, Strike, Joyless Street

@EricNBarroso:
Strike, The Gold Rush

@juvie_cinephile:
The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, The Big Parade, Phantom of the Opera, Strike, The Merry Widow, Go West, Master of the House, The Freshman

@salesonfilm (Kristen Sales of salesonfilm, Movie Mezzanine, FilmFracture, etc):
Chess Fever, The Freshman, The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, Go West, the final chase sequence in Seven Chances

@SchmanthonyP (Brian Schmid):
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, THE BIG PARADE, GOLD RUSH, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE FRESHMAN. 7 CHANCES, VARIETY, STRIKE

@ProphetKotto (Alex Megaro):
Le Double Amour (Jean Epstein), Seven Chances, Grass, The Gold Rush, Tartuffe, Phantom of the Opera, Battleship Potemkin

@whynotanna (of Start Focus End):
Battleship Potemkin, Phantom of the Opera

@cinemasights (James Blake Ewing of Cinema Sights):
GO WEST, 7 CHANCES, CHESS FEVER, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, STRIKE

@Cinedaze (Paul Anthony Johnson of Film-Philosophy, Popmatters):
1.THE GOLD RUSH 2. SEVEN CHANCES 3. THE MONSTER 4. LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN 5.STRIKE 6.PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 7. SUPER-HOOPER-DYNE LIZZIES 8.THE FRESHMAN 9.THE LOST WORLD 10.CHESS FEVER

@pogform (Hannah):
Ben Hur, Seven Chances, Go West, The Gold Rush

@ch_williamson (Chuck Williamson of The Missing Slate):
1. THE BIG PARADE 2. THE FRESHMAN 3. THE SALVATION HUNTERS 4. CHESS FEVER 5. POIL DE CAROTTE 6. JOYLESS STREET 7. THE MERRY WIDOW 8. THE GOLD RUSH 9. UNHOLY THREE 10. TARTUFFE 

@dallasshaldune (TJ Duane):
Battleship Potemkin, The Gold Rush, The Freshman

@atalvereo:
Battleship Potemkin, The Gold Rush, Strike

@railoftomorrow (Scott Nye, writer and podcast co-host at CriterionCast, etc.):
Big Parade, Seven Chances, Gold Rush, Potemkin, Go West, Strike, Merry Widow, Master of the House

@joshbrunsting (Josh Brunsting of CriterionCast):
The Freshman, Battleship Potemkin, Strike, The Gold Rush, Master Of The House, Chess Fever

@astoehr (Andreas Stoehr of Pussy Goes Grrr, Movie Mezzanine, etc.):
The Big Parade, The Gold Rush, Seven Chances, Battleship Potemkin, & Orochi

@BerenseOslo:
1. The Gold Rush 2. Potemkin 3. Phantom of the Opera

@DavidBlakslee (David Blakslee of Criterion Reflections):
B’ship Potemkin, Body & Soul, Freshman, Go West, Gold Rush, Master of the House, Paris Qui Dort, Whirlpool of Fate

@CinemaGadfly (Cinemagadfly.com)
1. The Gold Rush 2. The Freshman 3. Master of the House

@willow_catelyn (of Curtsies and Hand Grenades):
1. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, 2. THE GOLD RUSH, 3. FRESHMAN, 4. STRIKE, 5. SEVEN CHANCES

@bmrow (Brent Morrow):
1. Lady Windermere’s Fan 2. Chess Fever 3. Lazybones 4. Strike 5. Battleship Potemkin 6. The Merry Widow 7. Varieté 8. The Freshman 9. Master of the House 10. The Monster

@TaybackX (Ken Adams):
01)THE GOLD RUSH 02)BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN 03)THE JOYLESS STREET 04)JEALOUSY and SEVEN CHANCES 

@erikgregersen (Erik M. Gregersen):
Seven Chances, The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, In Youth, Beside the Lonely Sea, The Freshman, Strike, Don Q, Son of Zorro

@redroomrantings (Justine A. Smith, Chief Film Editor and podcaster at Sound on Sight):
1. The Big Parade 2. Lazybones 3. Battleship Potemkin 4. The Gold Rush 5. The Phantom of the Opera

@LotsOfLea:
THE GOLD RUSH, SEVEN CHANCES, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN and GO WEST

@TheEndofCinema (Sean Gilman of The End of Cinema; The George Sanders Show, and They Shot Pictures podcasts):
The Gold Rush, Battleship Potemkin, The Big Parade, Seven Chances, Strike!, The Freshman, Phantom of the Opera

@PaulBoyne:
1. The Gold Rush 2. The Phantom of the Opera 3. The Big Parade 4. Varieté 5. Seven Chances

@MoviesSilently (of Movies Silently)
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, CHESS FEVER, HIS PEOPLE, BEYOND THE BORDER, THE LOST WORLD, CYRANO DE BERGERAC, A WOMAN OF THE WORLD, THE EAGLE ZANDER THE GREAT, VARIETY

@Cinematic_Life (of This Cinematic Life):
Potemkin, Phantom of the Opera, The Gold Rush, The Freshman, The Unholy 3

@oblongpictures (Chris Salt):
Potemkin, Tartuffe, Freshman, Phantom of the Opera, 7 Chances, Gold Rush, Big Parade, Go West, Gus Visser and his Singing Duck

@jchristley (Jamie N. Christley):
1. The Big Parade, 2. Seven Chances, 3. Go West, 4. The Rat’s Knuckles 5. Lady Windermere’s Fan 6. Lazybones 7. The Gold Rush 8. Sally of the Sawdust 9. Chess Fever 10. Master of the House

@jaimegrijalba (Jamie Grijalba):
1. The Gold Rush 2. Battleship Potemkin 3. Orochi 4. The Phantom of the Opera 5. Furasato no uta

@pierrefilmon (Pierre Filmon):
Lady Windermere’s Fan, Potemkine, Gold Rush, Saint-Bernard

@rgodfrey (Ryan Godfrey):
1. Phantom of the Opera 2. Seven Chances 3. The Gold Rush 4. Battleship Potemkin 5. Body and Soul

@realcbeckett (Christopher Beckett):
The Gold Rush, The Big Parade, Seven Chances, Potemkin, Strike, Ben Hur, Master of the House

@MrDude_o_o:
1. Strike 2. The Big Parade 3. The Gold Rush 4. Battleship Potemkin 5. Seven Chances 6. Master of the House 7. Ben-Hur 8. The Phantom of the Opera 9. The Merry Widow 10. Go West

@48ONIRAM (Brian!):
Battleship Potemkin, The Gold Rush, The Freshman

@sarahnwondrland (my Aunt!):
1. Seven Chances 2. The Freshman 3. Battleship Potemkin 4. The Gold Rush

@Fulmer:
Battleship Potemkin. The Gold Rush. The Freshman. Big Parade. The Monster. Proud Flesh, Stella Dallas.

@adamhopelies (Adam Batty, Lecturer and founder of Hope Lies At 24 Frames Per Second):
Les Aventures de Robert Macaire, Tartuffe, Battleship Potemkin, The Big Parade, The Gold Rush, The Freshman, Strike, P Garden, The Salvation Hunters

@BBandmoviegal:
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, THE BIG PARADE, THE GOLD RUSH, THE EAGLE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 7 CHANCES, THE FRESHMAN, BEN-HUR, LADY WINDEMERE’S FAN

Tumblr:

kinodrome:
1. The Big Parade 2. Strike 3. The Gold Rush 4. Body and Soul 5. Seven Chances 6. Master of the House

Celluloidfire:
1. Variety 2. The Gold Rush 3. The Phantom of the Opera 4. Seven Chances 5. Battleship Potemkin 6. The Big Parade 7. Go West 8. Strike 9. The Freshman 10. Grass: A Nations Battle for Life

WordPress: 

Peter Labuza (Author of Approaching the End, host of The Cinephiliacs, contributor to Variety, etc.):
The Big Parade (Vidor, USA), Faces of Children (Feyder, France), Seven Chances (Keaton, USA), Stage Struck (Dwan, USA), Kentucky Pride (Ford, USA), Master of the House (Dreyer, Netherlands), Orochi (Futagawa, Japan), Chess Fever (Pudovkin, USSR), The Freshman (Lloyd, USA), Battleship Potekmin (Eisenstein, USSR)

Travis Clark:
The Gold Rush, Seven Chances, The Phantom of the Opera, The Big Parade, The Freshman, Variety, Battleship Potemkin, Strike, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Chess Fever

Steven Venn:
Battleship Potemkin, The Gold Rush, Phantom of the Opera, Seven Chances, Tartuffe, Unholy Three, The Merry Widow, Dark Angel, The Freshman, Lady Windermere’s Fan

Adam K. (rl friend):
The Big Parade, Phantom of the Opera, Battleship Potemkin

Calling All Submissions for the Top Ten By Year: 1925 Poll


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I’m in the final third of my research for Top Ten By Year: 1925 (I’ve got about 13 viewings left). With 19921958, and 1978 I conducted a poll with all you fellow film lovers, asking what your choices would be. It has been such a success so far, and it’s become the inaugural kick-off for festivities in the Top Ten By Year Project. Next month, be on the lookout for 1925 coverage; I already posted my Movie Poster Highlights of 1925 and coming up will be a What I’ll Remember post, the Top Ten, and of course the Poll Results.

Order doesn’t factor in for results, but you are more than welcome submit them that way. If you’ve only seen a handful of films from 1925, don’t merely a list of what you’ve seen. I only want submissions for films you consider favorites. If that means it’s only 1 or 2, that’s perfectly fine! I don’t want 10 for the sake of 10 or even 5 for the sake of 5. Only the ones you love. 

Leave your lists in the comments section. Voting is open for the next seven days.

Movie Poster Highlights: 1925


During the last pass through the Top Ten By Year project, 1978, I introduced a new tradition during all my round-up coverage; the Poster Appreciation post. I’m about 60% finished with my latest year, 1925, and figured, why not establish the poster post as an early prelude to the festivities to come? So here we are. This has been, to put it frankly, a shitty time for me. The distraction of this project has been a help, and then it wasn’t, and now it is starting to be again.

In most cases I have unfortunately been unable to identify or give credit to any artists who contributed to or created these pieces. There is not a lot of easily accessible documentation regarding artist credit so sadly I don’t have much to offer on that front.

So let’s start with posters for lost films. In culling together a watchlist for 1925, there were numerous posters I’d see that would have me longing to see a film right away. And of course it was often accompanied by discovering that the film was not available and considered lost. But at least we can still ogle at the advertisements and use them as a romanticized launching pad for our idealized versions of what might have been.

All survival statuses provided by the Progressive Silent Film List.

Swedish poster for Madame Sans-Gêne (lost)
Swedish poster for Madame Sans-Gêne (presumed lost). I get such a Shelley Duvall vibe from this illustration.
Danish poster for Madame Sans-Gêne (lost)
Danish poster for Madame Sans-Gêne (presumed lost). Whereas this is reading as 100% Gloria, sultry sneer and all.
Swedish poster for New Lives for Old (lost)
Swedish poster for New Lives for Old (status unknown)

The Morgan Lithograph Company was one of the top poster lithographers in the early years of cinema. Here are three Paramount posters handled by them.

Poster for the short Cupid's Victory (to my knowledge, lost)
Poster for the short Cupid’s Victory (to my knowledge, lost). Made by the Morgan Litho Company. Such an atypical color scheme for a poster!
Poster for Miss Bluebeard (print exists; 16mm). Made by the Morgan Litho Company
Poster for Miss Bluebeard (print exists; 16mm)
Poster for Wild, Wild Susan (status; unknown).
Poster for Wild, Wild Susan (status; unknown). Made by the Morgan Litho Company

Almost all of Bebe Daniels’s silent films are considered lost, which is such a shame because look at this!”Susan’s mania was speed”?!?! She looks completely indifferent as she whizzes down a big yellow arrow. She’s so over the adrenaline. There’s no way the film would live up to this image, but every Bebe Daniels poster I see makes me mourn the fact that I can’t experience most of her filmography.

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Poster for The Half-Way Girl (status unknown)
Poster for The Masked Bride
Poster for The Masked Bride (status unknown). What a striking shade of red, not to mention Murray’s editorial look. Girl’s checking to see if her nails have dried.

 

Poster for The Scarlet Saint (status unknown). This is like a romantically luscious Christmas card.
Poster for The Scarlet Saint (status unknown). This is like a romantically luscious Christmas card.

Here’s a few featuring the work of Boris Bilinsky! If you want to read more about him or see more of his work, here’s a great article on MUBI for you.

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Le prince charmant (status unknown). Artist: Boris Bilinsky
The Telephone Operator (Das Fräulein vom Amt) (status unknown). Artist: Boris Bilinsky
French poster for The Telephone Operator (Das Fräulein vom Amt) (status unknown). Artist: Boris Bilinsky
French poster for Joyless Street (Die freudlose Gasse). Artist: Boris Bilinsky
French poster for Joyless Street (Die freudlose Gasse). Artist: Boris Bilinsky

Speaking of Joyless Street, here are two other posters for Pabst’s film:

US poster for Joyless Street (artist unknown)
US poster for Joyless Street (artist unknown)
Russian poster for Joyless Street (artist unknown)
Russian poster for Joyless Street (artist unknown)

Renowned and versatile artist Alexander Rodchenko created some masterworks of graphic designs with his movie posters. Here are a few for 1925 films:

Poster for Луч смерти (US title; The Death Ray). Artist: Alexander Rodchenko
Poster for Луч смерти (US title; The Death Ray). Artist: Alexander Rodchenko
Poster for Луч смерти (US title; The Death Ray) Artist: Alexander Rodchenko
Poster for Луч смерти (US title; The Death Ray) Artist: Alexander Rodchenko
Poster for Battleship Potemkin. Artist: Alexander Rodchenko
Poster for Battleship Potemkin. Artist: Alexander Rodchenko

Here is another amazing poster for Battleship Potemkin. This one by the Sternberg brothers. Another MUBI article for your pleasure.

Poster for Battleship Potemkin. Artist; the Sternberg brothers
Poster for Battleship Potemkin. Artist; the Sternberg brothers

The last two posters may be my favorites because I can never get enough of illustrations of dark-lipped sexy women framed by a pop color.

Swedish poster for A Woman of the World. Artist unknown
Swedish poster for A Woman of the World. Artist unknown
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Swedish poster for Lady of the Night. Artist: Eric Rohman