End Of The Week Shorts #7.3 extract: Ménilmontant (1926)
Ménilmontant is, in certain respects, one of the most modern silent films you'll probably ever see, but also one that's aesthetics capture the most awe-inspiring elements of silent cinema. With some of the best performances ever put to screen that easily outshine a lot of what is put out today and given awards, this narrative has an immensely powerful emotional punch as it skillfully explores themes of love, loss, brutality, family and sisterhood. Added to this is the masterful camerawork, direction and editing that impressionistically emphasise these brilliant performances at a vigorous pace - all of which come together to produce one of the most visceral and impactful filmic experiences I've ever had.
If you need any more convincing to see this film, look no further than the opening sequence.