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1920-1929

A Society Sensation (orig. 1918, re-released in 1924)

Directed by Edmund Mortimer. Cast: starring Carmel Myers, Rudolph Valentino, Zasu Pitts. A wealthy society playboy falls in love with the daughter of a poor fisherman. Based on the story The borrowed duchess by Perley Poore Sheehan. 25 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Vilna Legend (Tkies khaf) (USA / Poland, 1924)

Directed by George Roland. Cast: Joseph Buloff, Ester Rokhl-Kominska, Ida Kominska, Zygmunt Turkow, Adam Domb, Moshe Litman, Lev Molilow, Simcha Balanoff, Jacob Meistel, Leib Kadison, Benjamin Fishbein and Ben Basenko. A tale of frustrated love and destiny set in the Jewish community of Vilna before the second world war. A yeshiva student and a poor girl who are deeply in love are assisted by the prophet Elijah after it seems that fate and dishonest people have conspired to keep them apart. 60 min.

Adventures of Prince Achmed (Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) (Germany, 1927)

Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Affairs of Anatole (1921)

Director, Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Bebe Daniels, Monte Blue. A New York socialite becomes bored with his newlywed bride and attempts to broaden his romantic horizons by rescuing a series of damsels in distress. 117 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Reviews and articles: Cecil B. DeMille Bibliography

Arabiantics (1928)

Animated short. Directed by Otto Messmer. Featuring Felix the Cat. Felix finds a flying carpet which takes him to Arabia. There, he swaps the rug for a chain of jewels, but must deal with a sultan and his pet rats, who steal the jewels for their harem.

Arabiantics (1928)

Animated short. Director, Otto Messmer. Felix finds a flying carpet which takes him to Arabia. There, he swaps the rug for a chain of jewels, but must deal with a sultan and his pet rats, who steal the jewels for their harem. ; also

Bare Knees (1928)

Director, Erle C. Kenton.. Cast: Virginia Lee Corbin, Donald Keith, Jane Winton, Johnnie Walker, Forrest Stanley, Maude Fulton. In this flapper movie from the roaring '20s Billie arrives home in the middle of her sister's birthday party and causes a sensation with her bare knees, bobbed hair, short skirts, new slang, cigarettes and other flapper accountrements. 61 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Beggars of Life (1928)

Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington. After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder. A young woman is tricked into an arranged marriage with an older millionaire by her female relatives, and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman as she honeymoons in the Alps and Paris. Discovering that his wife loves another, the husband rushes off to the Sahara. In 2003, Beyond the rocks was rediscovered at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, after being considered lost for decades. The nitrite print was virtually complete, and had Dutch intertitles.

Big Stakes (1922)

Directed by Clifford S. Elfelt. Cast: J.B. Warner, Elinor Fair. An American cowboy and a Mexican lawman clash over a beautiful woman. A fun ride across the plains of western cinema, which, for 1922, presents a complex look at Mexican and American stereotypes. Adapted from Earl Wayland Bowman's American Magazine story "High stakes" by Frank Howard Clark. 68 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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