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Silent Feature Films at the Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles J-L

Titles J-L

J'accuse
'...a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as 'a human cry against the bellicose din of armies.' Stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man, François, but is actually in love with a young poet Jean Diaz. Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of was, depicted with stark realism."

Kiki
"A high-spirited Parisian gamine is determined to become a chorus girl and win the heart of the Follies manager, even if it means performing some rather unladylike stunts."

The Kid
"The Tramp rescues an abandoned baby and raises him to become his inseparable sidekick."

Last Days of Pompeii
"An epic adaptation of Bulwer-Lytton's novel about the final hours of residents of Pompeii before the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius."

The Last Laugh = Der letzte Mann
"The story of a hotel doorman who is demoted to washroom attendant because of his age. Humiliated, the considers suicide. Then, by a strange twist of fate, he becomes a millionaire. This silent film is told entirely by camera, without title cards."

Last Command
"A decorated, aristocratic Czarist General is reduced to penury after the collapse of Imperial Russia. An old adversary, now a successful director hires the general to re-enact the revolution which deposed him." - W. Louis

Laugh, Clown, Laugh
"A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals."

Little Lord Fauntleroy
"The fortunes of Cedric Fauntleroy and his widowed mother 'Dearest' change when the elderly Earl of Dorincourt has Cedric, his rightful heir, brought from the slums of New York to England. The Earl welcomes Cedric but banishes his mother to a cottage outside the manor, unjustly accusing her of marrying his son for the money."

The Lodger
"The central character, called simply 'The Lodger', is caught in the trap of other peoples' suspicions. Because this lodger, who is renting a room in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting, seems mysterious, he is suspected of being the notorious 'Avenger', a killer who has been stalking women in London and strangling them."

Lorna Doone
"An adaptation of the novel in which a young girl of noble birth is kidnapped by the Doones, a feared band of thieves and cutthroats and raised amongst them."

The Lost World
"Professor Challenger, the man of vision, persuades his skeptical colleagues to return with him to a remote South American plateau where he has discovered living dinosaurs. Resisting danger and death, Challenger's party return to London in triumph with a captive Brontosaurus. But the beast escapes, turning the city into a shambles and standing the 20th century on it's head."

The Love Light
"Angela tends a lighthouse in an Italian fishing village while her brothers are fighting at the front. She discovers a foreign sailor washed ashore, nurses him back to health and falls in love with him. After they marry and have a baby, she discovers that he is a German spy and that her innocent actions have helped cause the death of her brother. Considered to be one of Pickford's most fully realized adult characters, the film shows her astonishing range: from pure slapstick, to moments of pathos, to a harrowing descent into madness
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The Love of Jeanne Ney
"Jeanne Ney is the daughter of a French diplomat who is assassinated by Bolsheviks. She falls in love with a young Communist, Andreas and they have a brief interlude of happiness in Paris until her uncle is murdered and the crime pinned on Andreas."