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5 fabulous silent-film classics

Want more like ”The Artist”? These are Owen Gleiberman’s top recommendations

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Sunrise (1927)
The greatest silent film ever: a story of marriage torn by adultery, then brought to a higher love.

Seventh Heaven (1927)
A sewer worker saves a prostitute. Full of the ardent devotion to which The Artist pays homage.

The Crowd (1928)
This tumultuous classic about a New York family is a tale of big-city anxiety that could just as well be taking place this minute.

The Man Who Laughs (1928)
In this sublimely ghoulish fairy tale, Conrad Veidt is a man with a freak grin carved into his face.

Pandora’s Box (1929)
A daringly erotic drama starring Louise Brooks as Lulu, a luscious siren whose amoral ways lead to an encounter with Jack the Ripper.