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Silent classics - Recommendations? Answered

OK, it's time to introduce Conker-X to silent comedies.

Where do I start?  I'm torn between Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy.

Remember he's an intelligent 11 year-old.

There are a lot of slightly-similar compilation DVDs out there, so I'd appreciate a link to your recommendations as well.

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Harold Lloyd - great early stunt+comedy

Make sure he sees Nosferatu at some point. It is not a comedy, but "Shadow of the Vampire" is much funnier if you have seen Nosferatu first.

Have you checked out silent-movies.com? They call it "The Silent Movie Multiplex".

From the homepage, click on "Slapstick" and it'll take you to a page of actors (Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy) and there's 17 actors to choose from!

After selecting an actor and it'll take you to a page with information about the actor, and then if you click on "Quicktimes", you'll get a selection of Free, Short Movie Clips to watch. 

There's 15 clips for Laurel & Hardy, 36 for Chaplin and 36 for Keaton. ;)

Ok, understand though, depending on his "outlook" (and I don't know him personally, so this is just from my perspective) he may not "get" Laurel and Hardy, or slapstick in it's purest sense (I related more to Abbot and Costello, but they had to talk to be funny, and this made more "sense" to me as a child). It is not something that can be "forced".

By the time he gets to college, he'll be ready for the talkies?