The Motion Picure Academy split its Best Picture award for "1927-1928" between two movies released in 1927, and it gave its "1928-1929" prize to a film from 1929. So it never did get around to honoring 1928. Here are some of the movies it missed:
1. There It Is Written and directed by Charley Bowers and Harold L. Muller
One of the strangest, funniest comedies of the '20s, or of any decade.
Directed by Fritz Lang
Written by Lang and Thea von Harbou
Part banker, part communist, part criminal, part clown, Lang's supervillain feels like a cubist abstraction of a Nesta Webster conspiracy theory.
3. The Docks of New York
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Written by Jules Furthman, from a novel by John Monk Saunders
This has one of the greatest wedding scenes in film history, made greater by the lurking question of whether the ceremony is a sham.
4. The Fall of the House of Usher Directed by Jean Epstein Written by Epstein and Luis Buñuel, from a story by Edgar Allan Poe
European surrealists do Poe.
5. The Fall of the House of Usher Directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber Written by Watson and Webber, from a story by Edgar Allan Poe
The American version. Briefer and even more dreamlike than the French effort.
6. Speedy Directed by Ted Wilde Written by Al Boasberg, Albert DeMond, John Grey, Jay Howe, Lex Neal, Howard Emmett Rogers, and Paul Girard Smith, from a story by Grey, Howe, Neal, and Rogers
Baseball-crazy Harold Lloyd drives New York's last horse-drawn trolley. Is it possible to be nostalgic for another generation's nostalgia?
Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko
Written by Dovzhenko, Mikhail Ioganson, and Yuri Tyutyunik
An eccentric fantasy filled with bizarre images. As usual in early Soviet cinema, there are propaganda parts; as usual with Dovzhenko, he doesn't seem to care much about them.
8. KoKo's Earth Control
Directed by Dave Fleischer
This is how the apocalypse will come: with a clown and a dog stumbling their way into the world's control room and pulling the wrong lever.
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc Directed by Carl Dreyer Written by Dreyer and Joseph Delteil
It may seem a little perverse of me to rank this lower than KoKo's Earth Control, but it's my list and I can do with it as I please.
10. The Seashell and the Clergyman Directed by Germaine Dulac Written by Antonin Artaud
The movie that produced the British Board of Film Censors' most infamous judgment: "This film is so cryptic as to be almost meaningless. If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable."
11. October (Sergei Eisenstein, Grigoriy Aleksandrov)
12. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner)
13. Ghosts Before Breakfast (Hans Richter)
14. The Wind (Victor Sjöström)
15. The Cameraman (Buster Keaton, Edward Sedgwick)
16. Études Sur Paris (André Sauvage)
17. Woos Whoopee (Otto Messmer)
18. The Crowd (King Vidor)
19. Two Tars (James Parrott)
20. La Zone (Georges Lacombe)
Of the films of 1928 that I haven't seen, I'm most interested in L'Argent and Storm Over Asia.