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Intolerance (1916)
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There's no copy on Archive now.
I'm unclear about which Chaplin films are in the public domain. The narrated version isn't. The blu-ray version is from a better preserved print, but Chaplin's dubbing is unnecessary.
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The Cameraman (1928)
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The restored version with color isn't public domain.
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The Scarecrow (1920)
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The film is enjoyable with the RiffTrax commentary (these guys were on the series MST3K).
Aftewards you should watch Tim Burton's incredible film Ed Wood.
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Les Vampires is available on Archive.org :
PT 1, PT 2, PT 3, PT 4, PT 5, PT 6, PT 7, PT 8, PT 9, PT 10

There's a bluray restoration.
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Archive - this version is silent and without a soundtrack.
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Movies in the public domain ranked and my watchlist.

These movies have blu-ray releases, and I suggest getting them in HD:
Battleship Potemkin and The General, The Birth of a Nation, Les Vampires, and most of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin's major films. The Passion of Joan of Arc is supposed to get a British blu-ray release on Nov 19, 2012.

I can't guarantee these are all public domain, but Archive.org usually removes infringing content. Please comment if you know some aren't public domain. Recommendations are appreciated.

Films made before 1923 are public domain.

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Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Oct 31 22:16
The link for 'Steamboat Bill Jr' is not correct.

Great list though. I'm planning to watch a whole bunch of those thanks to you.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Nov 1 5:08
Very cool list.

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