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Silent films for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013
Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Nothing could be more romantic on this cupid-blessed, rose-scented day than to draw the curtains, light the candles, snuggle your loved one close and watch a film  – a silent film,  that is. Silent movies have more romance about them than their dialogue-laden counterparts. These films drip with intense, unspoken passion; those lingering closeups of limpid eyes speak directly to our emotions; and, of course, everyone looks sexier in black and white.

So, this Valentine’s morn, I asked the Silent London Twitter followers, a wise bunch, which films they would select for a night of silent seduction:

And I got replies, lots of them. You can see them all on this link, but here are some highlights:

The inevitable Valentino vote:

A bromance fan writes …

Fintan is selectively deaf …

Robin calls himself “bitter” but I couldn’t possibly comment

Robert plumps for The Phantom of the Opera

Ian is clearly something of a cynic:

And there were two votes for The Cameraman

Other votes went to Sunrise, City Lights, Underground, The Lodger (from another, er, sceptic).

So, what’s your perfect silent Valentine’s movie? And do you agree with me that talkies just aren’t quite the same when it comes to the lovey-dovey stuff? Let me know in the comments below:

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2013 4:25 pm

    Over at TheFarParadise.com we’re most likely going to say Raymond Longford’s THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE (1919). Obviously. ;)

  2. February 14, 2013 6:54 pm

    Keaton’s THE CAMERAMAN, Pickford’s MY BEST GIRL, Murnau’s SUNRISE or Borzage’s SEVENTH HEAVEN.

  3. martin ridgwell permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:27 pm

    gotta be Borzage’s Seventh Heaven, if you aint crying at the end of that film then there must be something seriously wrong with you – i.e. your dead ?

  4. Amran Vance permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:32 pm

    Another vote for Flesh & the Devil. Garbo & Gilbert show how all-consuming passion can be,

  5. February 15, 2013 8:32 am

    I would say Beggars of Life, because of its bittersweet innocence and that beautiful haystack scene :)

  6. Richard B Miller Jr permalink
    February 17, 2013 8:38 am

    The Patsy. Marion Davies is just too adorable in this one. She’s so cute and bubbly all the way through to the final scene.
    I’ve never seen Seventh Heaven. I own Lonesome and My Best Girl but haven’t watched them yet. :-)
    While it may not be lite enough for Valentines Day (or maybe it is) LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN is sooooo good. And Irene Rich is breathtakingly sexy as the older woman.

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