It's a familiar argument - that 1939 was the single greatest year in the history of the movies. When you consider some of the films released that year, including Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz and Stagecoach and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, its hard not to agree. But what about the silent era? What was its single greatest year?
Acclaimed director, producer, author, and film critic Peter Bogdanovich thinks 1928 was the single greatest year for film, prior to the arrival of sound. In a new blog, "1928: The Last and Greatest Year of the Original Motion Picture Art, B.S. (Before Sound)," Bogdanovich makes his case - and convincingly so. He mentions the work of Chaplin and Keaton and Erich von Stroheim and King Vidor, as well as a couple of films starring Louise Brooks. There are also past San Francisco Silent Film Festival favorites like The Crowd and The Circus and Show People.
It's a long blog well worth reading. And whether you agree or not (perhaps you think 1919 or 1925 the best year for film during the silent era), Bogdanovich's article is full of excellent recommendations. Be sure and check it out.