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POSTING IS LIGHT while we work a little on the new website.  In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, two all-time classics, one of the the silent movie era, one from WWII, both with more than just entertainment value (but loads of that too).

Some find it hard to watch very old movies, especially silent ones.  They take a longer attention span as often slower-paced and less action-packed than we’ve become used to, but these are worth setting aside time for, and you might find after viewing that they leave you with more than just a 90 minute distraction.  If nothing else, these are by two legendary filmmakers who greatly influenced later directors, actors, and comedians.  They truly broke new ground, even though it’s hard to see their films in that light now.

The first, Buster Keaton‘s “The General” from 1926.  Some have called it the greatest film of all time.  Enough said.

Next, Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator” (1940), a spoof with a serious message and one of the best film speeches ever given.  This is not Charlie Chaplin as you might think of him – with bowler hat, cane, and quarter-to-three feet – this is a serious send-up (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) of Hitler and his Nazis, as they deserved.  And it’s very, very good.