the general

With the recent popularity of ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo,’ the time may be right for a list of silent films that can get relative film novices into silent films. Here’s Trey’s Top 10 Silent Films for Silent Newcomers.


I have tried in the past to argue for the power of silent films and I have offered “Modern Times,” “The Gold Rush” and “Sunrise” as possible entry points to the silent era, but “The General” is the only one of the silent films on the list that my wife, Jaime, was able to sit through from beginning to end without complaint, just an occasional delighted gasp, or laugh.