MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Twenty Classic Silent Films and Why They Are Good for You

Randall Warniers, Visiting Scientist

Jan/25 Fri 03:00PM-04:00PM E15-363

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/24

The world was reminded last year of the power and beauty of silent cinema when the Michel Hazanavicius film "The Artist" won both the French Cesar and the American Oscar as Best Picture of the Year. This one-hour IAP class will discuss the thirty-year tradition of silent cinema and give twenty examples of the most interesting films made during that period, by artists such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Ernst Lubitsch, King Vidor, F.W. Murnau, Rene Clair, and Luis Bunuel. We'll also discuss the technological progress of cinema from its earliest days as a curiosity in nickelodeons to the artistic upheaval that occurred during the transition to the sound era. We won’t watch any of the films in class, but all are available on DVD, and every attendee will take away a list of the twenty selected films for future reference.   

Sponsor(s): Media Arts and Sciences
Contact: Taya Leary, E15-363,