We are now trialling Silent Films Online through October 3rd 2012. Please give this database a try and let us know your feedback. You’ll need to login with your NetID and password to access the trial database. Here is a description from the vendor:
ASP’s Silent Film Online database brings together more than 500 films which together represent the basis of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated with ASP’s Video Advisory Board, the database covers silent features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s. High quality versions of films have been selected for the collection from leading distributors such as Kino Lorber, Lobster Films, Flicker Alley, and Image Entertainment.
From Griffith’s crosscutting at the climax of Birth of a Nation to Robert Wiene’s use of camera angles and stage settings in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Eisenstein’s editing of the Odessa Steps sequence in Potemkin, these films together developed the narrative language of cinema that we know today. Showcasing this legendary period in film history, the Silent Film Online database provides unparalleled streaming access to some of the most important films in the history of the medium.
The collection highlights works from some of the foremost names in cinema, including legendary filmmakers Georges Méliès, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, Charles Chaplin, F.W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, Ernst Lubitsch, Victor Sjostrom, Erich von Stroheim, Carl T. Dreyer, Edwin S. Porter, and many more. Providing researchers with a comprehensive perspective of global silent film movement, the database delivers German, British, Soviet, and French films. In addition, a selection of silent era related documentary films are included.