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TCM Silent Film Schedule: April

After two months with very few silent films, TCM presents a solid lineup of ten films this month. These Include multiple films from heavy hitters: two each starring Rudolph Valentino, Buster Keaton and Lillian Gish.

The King of Kings (1927): TCM’s choice for Easter Sunday is an appropriate one: a film about the final days of Jesus. One of Cecil B. DeMille’s biggest epics, it’s also HB Warner’s most well-known role (although not necessarily most well-acted role).

The Young Rajah (1922): Despite being one of cinema’s biggest stars at the time, this is one film that was not a success for Rudolph Valentino. Considered lost for decades, the film only exists now thanks to a TCM restoration. The complete footage does not exist, but the gaps are filled in with title cards.
The Son of the Sheik (1926): On the other hand, Valentino’s sequel to The Sheik was a major success. Unfortunately, Valentino passed away just a month after the premiere. Prior to that, it was seen as a possible career resurgence for the star.

Coney Island (1917): A Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton short, this was actually filmed on Coney Island itself.
Number, Please? (1920): Another silent comedy short, this one finds Harold Lloyd at an amusement park. He would only make five more shorts after this one.

Intolerance (1916): Made partially in response to criticism of The Birth of a Nation, this sprawling epic is one of silent film’s most notable productions. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made. And it shows–some of the set pieces are a sight to behold.

The Wind (1928): Lillian Gish personally chose Victor Sjöström to direct this starring vehicle for her. It was a perfect match, as was her and co-star Lars Hanson. This is a classic not to be missed.

The Ace of Hearts (1921): Lon Chaney and director Wallace Worsley first worked together on The Penalty and reunite here. A gritty crime film, this is based off the pulp novel The Purple Mask (written by the same writer of The Penalty).
The Scarecrow (1920): Probably one of Keaton’s best shorts: this features plenty of familiar faces: Sybil Seely, Joe Keaton and Joe Keaton.

Kean (1924): This is a French film with a Russian cast and crew, about an English actor. Makes sense, right? A biography of Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, it is based on a play.


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