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3 Silent Films from the 20s to Watch in 2022 (For Free!)

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By Tiffany Chaney The 1920s witnessed the aftereffects of The Spanish Flu and the start of The Great Depression. It’s an age that’s all too familiar to us in the 2020s as we continue to persevere in the middle of a pandemic. The Roaring 20s was an age of invention, from the automobile to the electric razor, but it was also a cultural battlefield, as issues concerning race, alcohol, gender, and sexual morality were called into question.  The silent film era provided both an escape and a safe space to explore questions. Here are three silent films from the 20s to watch in 2022, for free: “Nosferatu” (1922) The silhouette of Count Orlok, the unsettling lead character, is an unmistakable one that is based more in Eastern European vampire lore than on Bram Stoker’s vampire. He resembles a rodent, appropriate for a vampire making a transatlantic voyage on a ship with plague-carrying rats. Now a classic cult horror, its storyline and symbolism are just as powerful 100 years later. “Nosferatu” wonderfully juxtaposes reality (plague) with superstition (vampires) against the nature of fear. Plot: Mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains, to assist him…

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