Top of the blogs: the 10 most popular posts on Silent London in 2017

I often forget to check out the most-read pieces published on the site in any given year – but 2017 offers a particularly varied and cheery top 10. So here goes: the most-read (new) features on Silent London in 2017 were, in ascending order:

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928, BFI National Archive)
Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928, BFI National Archive)

10: LFF REVIEW: SHIRAZ: A ROMANCE OF INDIA (1928) WITH ANOUSHKA SHANKAR

I reviewed the London Film Festival archive gala, with a head full of festival flu. Cracking night, though.

The Great Train Robbery (1903)
The Great Train Robbery (1903)

9: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY’S PARTING SHOT

A reprint of something I wrote for a magazine, on the amazing ending (or is it?) of a classic film.

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8: ‘PANDORA’S BOX WITH THE LID OFF!’: LULU’S MISADVENTURES IN LONDON

I presented this as a paper at the 2017 British Silent Film Festival Symposium. It’s long, and a bit grubby, but interesting, I promise.

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7: MALOMBRA (1917): LYDA BORELLI AND THE ITALIAN DIVAS OF SILENT CINEMA

Gorgeous guest post from our friend David Cairns of Shadowplay about the diva films he saw at Il Cinema Ritrovato this year.

Napoléon (1927) Photograph: BFI
Napoléon (1927) Photograph: BFI

6: SILENT LONDON POLL OF 2016 – THE WINNERS!

This was big news. What greater incentive do you need to vote in this year’s poll?

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

5: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND UNIVERSAL

A mystery solved! What mystery? Read on …

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4: A FESTIVE FREE-FOR-ALL: BFI RELEASES SILENT ‘ORPHANS’ ON YOUTUBE

Who doesn’t love free films?

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3: SILVER NITRATE APOTHEOSIS: CINEMA IN THE SHADOW OF EDGAR ALLAN POE

A bizarre, beautiful guest post from our friends the Lumière Sisters, a collective of writers who hang out over at the Chiseler.

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2: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, BUSTER KEATON AND SILENT COMEDY

Keanu Reeves, a dog, and a whole load of silent cinema references.

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1: FACT-CHECKING A STORY ABOUT CHARLIE CHAPLIN, UNIVERSAL AND BUSTER KEATON

Yes, the most popular post on this site all year, by far, was a piece querying a story I read in the Mail on Sunday. Go figure …

Thanks for reading! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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