best film:  Pandora’s Box is the best film of the year but It’s a very weak year- the weakest of the decade.

most overrated:  I guess I’d pick Pandora’s box here. I need to see it again but TSPDT consensus has it as #262 all-time and I’m closer to 500-600ish at this point.

most underrated:   Pandora’s Box is literally the only fiction film on the list from 1929- again- a very weak year.

gem I want to spotlight:  love parade is the easy choice for me. It’s Lubistch’s first sound film and he has a clear knack for it (unlike so many). It’s considered by many to be the first musical film in which the songs were integrated with the story.

trends and notables:  I think this is where the sound transition comes it. Other film historians know much more on the silent era than I do but my hypothesis is that the jazz singer came out in 1927 and many films were already in the works in 1927 and 1928 and it wasn’t until 1929 that we had a high percentage of sound films hit the market and many were awful.

best performance:  I do think that Louise Brooks as “Lulu” in Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is the best performance of the year. Chevalier is good in Love Parade as is Cooper in the Virginian as well.

top 10

  1. Pandora’s Box
  2. The Love Parade
  3. Queen Kelly
  4. The Virginian
  5. Disraeli
  6. Broadway Melody


Archives, Directors, and Grades

Broadway Melody R
Disraeli R
Pandora’s Box- Pabst HR
Queen Kelly- Von Stroheim R
The Love Parade- Lubitsch R
The Virginian- Fleming R

*MP is Masterpiece- top 1-3 quality of the year film

MS is Must-see- top 5-6 quality of the year film

HR is Highly Recommend- top 10 quality of the year film

R is Recommend- outside the top 10 of the year quality film but still in the archives