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Here we are - this is the official thread for the Silent Photoplay Watch-Fest! With a little help from Clara Bow, I even threw together a hasty Photoshop announcement image!

During the Watch-Fest, we'll be viewing ten films from 1920 for 2020. The watchlist is based on the ten top grossing films from 1920. Four of them, however, are lost or otherwise unavailable for viewing, so these "gaps" were filled in with other films from 1920. We will go down the list and will watch each one over the course of seven days. After viewing a film, it's discussion time! We can share our thoughts on the cast, the story, fun facts about production... anything goes!

Below is the watchlist. I tried finding the highest quality uploads I could on YouTube, and should all have a score. Be sure to set the video to the highest quality possible. Films currently being watched will be in a larger, bolded red font.

Way Down East
Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WsfeWnyiDK4

Why Change Your Wife?
Starring Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4zIO9YG052w

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Starring John Barrymore, Brandon Hurst, Martha Mansfield, Nita Naldi
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tZSiOx9szLg

Pollyanna
Starring Mary Pickford
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x-p2PuGRhp0

Suds
Starring Mary Pickford
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx8Fm6J0cSE

Something to Think About
Starring Gloria Swanson, Elliott Dexter
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E680t3e7pyQ&

The Mark of Zorro
Starring Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wbQZZRf3Fsc

The Soul of Youth
Starring Lewis Sargent, Lila Lee
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QsKaRpmv9H4

The Love Expert
Starring Constance Talmadge
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zBEyCx5yLlU

Excuse My Dust
Starring Wallace Reid
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UMcAPPvD_qo


Happy viewing!
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The first film on our list is Way Down East, starring Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess. Time slot to watch ends next Monday night, on April 27.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsfeWnyiDK4&app=desktop
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Great post! Thanks for putting this together. I love the graphic you made, too. Let's share the link to this thread in various places. Maybe we we can get others to join!
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I'm watching Way Down East right now and the best part of the film so far is 34:38 - 35:08.
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This is just great BettyLou, thank you for making the movies so easily accessible to watch.
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Thanks guys! I just wanted to start a fun little silent film activity for everyone :)

I first saw Way Down East years ago; I think I was only around twelve or thirteen. I can't wait to see how different my perspective on this film will be as an adult.
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Watching right now. I had completely forgotten the cute beagle puppy at the beginning, lol
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Richard Barthelmess was a real cutie. I'm not sure if I've seen him in anything else than Broken Blossoms... I haven't seen that film in so long, but it's hard to believe it's the same man!
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Yes, he was so charming in this film. I loved his performance.

Btw, here's a fan gushing over him to Picture-Play Magazine. From the April 1921 issue.
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Is it ok to speak freely about the film now, because I just finished it and have thoughts! :lol:
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