I am a huge silent film fan. (Hey, just look at my AIM screen name.) I love the artsy way those old directors did black and white filming, I love the overdramatic acting, I love the sets, I love everything about them. I love silent films, but I tend to go for the more off-beat ones. The ones no one's ever heard of. Like "The Man Who Laughs" starring Conrad Veidt. The directing and camera versitility in that was amazing. I also really liked "Male and Female" starring Gloria Swanson, and based on a book called "The Admirable Chriton." The film quality of it, although it was made in 1919, is better than many movies made in the 30's and 40's, and it is not the typical silent film romance. There is a huge amount of humor in it too. Other silent films I've seen are "The Unknown" "The Phantom of the Opera" "The Eagle" "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" and "Metropolis". I don't know how many other people like silent films. If you do, I'd like to discuss them. Like: What about silent films do you like? What actors or actresses particularly captivated you? How many have you seen? How did you get to love silent films? Do you think the art direction was better or worse than later black and white films? Who do you think was the best silent film actor? Actress? Director? Why? Silent films are no longer cutting-edge technology, so what are they? Classic art? Modern art? Somewhere in between? Discuss!