For readers who want to know the history of cinema in depth, Bula has put together a list of ten fundamental classics that are available for free at MetMovies. The site, which previously charged users monthly, released the entire catalog for unlimited access, through display of advertising. The selection covers features that date from the 1920s to the end of the 1940s, many of them silent. The works were produced by some of the most important filmmakers of the time, such as Fritz Lang and Buster Keaton. “The Battleship Potemkin” (1925), by Serguei Eisenstein; and “Modern Times” (1936), by Charles Chaplin; are some of the selected classics.
Philippe, son of an ambassador, adores Baines, the embassy's butler. Baines makes up many fabulous stories and becomes Philippe's hero. When the butler's wife is murdered, he is identified as a suspect. Philippe knows that his friend may be a criminal because he sees him seeing another woman. Intending to protect him, he ends up lying to the police. But the boy's statements further complicate Baines's situation.
A group of eight strangers travel in a carriage to Lordsburg, New Mexico. The journey is dangerous and they pass through Arizona, an indigenous territory. Halfway, passengers encounter cowboy Ringo Kid, an outlaw, who joins the pack. Ahead, they must face Geronimo and his Apache warriors, with the help of Ringo Kid alone.
The Tramp is employed in a factory where the machines do not stop. Taken to exhaustion from working so hard, he suffers a nervous breakdown. Upon recovering, he finds the factory closed and, mistaken for the strike leader, ends up in prison. Upon leaving prison, the Tramp befriends an orphaned girl and together they go after a job.
In Dusseldorf, a serial killer of children is terrifying the population. He approaches the victims while whistling the same music. After several deaths, the city is seized by the revolt, but the police are unable to arrest the criminal, who continues to lead a normal life. Then, a group of criminals unite to find the serial killer on their own.
1927 science fiction, “Metropolis” tells the story of a futuristic city controlled by wealthy industrialists who live in skyscrapers. While they give orders, underground workers work non-stop on the machines that power the city. The main ruler is John Fredersen, an insensitive capitalist. But everything changes when Freder meets Maria, the spiritual leader of the workers, and falls in love with her.
Train driver Johnny Gray is in love with his locomotive, called A General, and the beautiful Annabelle. When the American Civil War begins, Johnny is not accepted to fight, because he can be more useful as a railway engineer. Thus, Annabelle begins to see him as a coward. When A General and Annabelle are stolen by spies, Jhonny decides to rescue them to prove he is brave.
Yakov, a worker, commits suicide after being unjustly accused of theft. This is the trigger for the start of a strike at a Russian factory. At first, the excitement is great, but soon the slow negotiation process attacks the strikers. Claims are denied, espionage is advancing and the military is called on to solve the problem.
Based on historical events, the film tells the story of a rebellion on the Russian warship Potemkin, in 1905. Spoiled meat is served to the sailors and the doctor claims that the food is in good condition. Some refuse to eat and are executed. The tension grows and the sailors start a protest that turns into a great rebellion. They raise the red flag and try to take the ship's revolution to the city of Odessa.
Hutter, a realtor, needs to sell a castle that is owned by eccentric Count Graf Orlock. The count, in fact, is an ancient vampire who is spreading terror in Bremen, Germany. Hutter tries to find a way to prevent Orlock from dominating the region, but fails. Until Hutter's wife Ellen finds out that Orlock is in love with her.
In a small village in the mountains of Holland, a mysterious hypnotist, dr. Caligari, accompanied by Cesare. dr. Caligari starts to perform at the local fair, announcing to everyone that Cesare has been a sleepwalker for 23 years and manages to predict the future. Surprisingly, Cesare's predictions about people's lives really come true. Then, the police begin to suspect him and Dr. Caligari.