Friday, March 27, 2009
Career Achievement Awards For The Silent Era (films released prior to August 1, 1927)
PICTURE: The General
ACTOR: Charles Chaplin
ACTRESS: Lillian Gish
DIRECTOR: D.W. Griffith
Maybe this is what the Academy should have done to honor the three decades of movies that preceded the Oscars, instead of what they did do, which was to allow thousands of movies to molder away in the vaults as if they had never existed, until many of them did in fact no longer exist, having turned to liquified film and ashes long ago.
With the exception of The General, which I consider to be the best movie made before Charles Chaplin's City Lights in 1931, the Katie-Bar-The-Door career achievement awards are for a body of work accomplished prior to August 1, 1927 (the cutoff date for the first Oscars) rather than for a specific film. I'll explain my choices—next week—along with a brief essay on the problem of watching silent movies and finally a selection of "must-see" films from the Silent Era.
Enjoy your weekend. See a movie.