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Silent Feature Films at the Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles C

Titles C

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
"A somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence."

The Captive
"The story of Sonia, a young woman living in Montenegro and left to care for her younger brother Milos and the family farm when older brother Marko goes off to battle."

Cabiria
"This story tells the personal adventures of a Roman girl (Cabiria) and her two benefactors in the third century B.C. during the Second Punic War. Includes scenes of the eruption of Mt. Etna, sea battles, and Hannibal crossing the Alps. Opens with a brief written description of the Italian genre of historical spectacular films and a history of the film Cabiria."

The Cat and the Canary
"Greedy relatives assemble in an old mansion to hear the will of an eccentric recluse. The beautiful heroine, heiress to a possible fortune, is menaced by a mysterious killer disguised as a hideous monster. A forerunner to many horror-comedies that reveal seemingly supernatural events as the doings of a human villain, the story features secret passages, vanishing actors and claw-like hands reaching out from the darkness."

The Chaser
"... a dark, slightly kinky comedy in which carousing Harry (Langdon) is ordered by a judge to swap domestic duties with his wife."

The Cheat
"Edith Hardy uses charity funds for Wall Street investments in hopes of buying some new gowns. She loses all the money and borrows from wealthy oriental Tori. When her husband gives her the amount she borrowed, Tori won't take it back, branding her shoulder with a Japanese sign of his ownership. She shoots him. Her husband takes the blame. In court Edith reveals all to an angry mob."

The Chess Player
"A costume drama set in the court of Catherine the Great, the film combines romance, politics, and war with the story of the invention of the chess-playing automaton."

La Chute de la maison Usher = The Fall of the House of Usher
"In an aristocratic English family the young lord finds to his horror, while painting his wife's portrait, that as the work progresses life drains from his lady. In this poetic horror film, called by some the most outstanding achievement of this genre, an absolute mastery of editing and rhythm is employed with lighting and Gothic sets combining to impart anunearthly sense of mystery."

The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom
"A charming, silent romantic comedy that tells the tale of a young man who falls in love with the title character. She becomes a famous film star and herself falls in love, not with the hero, but with her cameraman. No one ever gets what he or she truly wants, though they continue to pursue their lost dreams to the bitter end. Reveling in the unexpected throughout, it is capped by an adroit surprise ending."

The Circus
"A tramp fleeing the police takes refuge in a circus, becomes a clown by accident, and falls for an equestrienne."

City Lights
"A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight."

The Cossacks
"A peace-loving Cossack chooses to prove himself in battle when his village and childhood sweetheart label him a coward."

A Cottage on Dartmoor
"A tense, shocking thriller that evokes the early films of Alfred Hitchcock and the masterworks of Russian and German silent cinema. It opens with the escape of a prisoner from Dartmoor prison, and flashes back to show how a love triangle led him to jail
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