The Silent Treatment is a column that spotlights different silent films throughout history. It will run on the last Monday of every month.

I'm not ashamed (well maybe I'm a little ashamed) to admit that despite my status as an avid movie geek, there are a few gaps in my knowledge. The largest of these gaps is that of the silent film. Given that silent movies provide a connection to the dawn of the motion picture, it is important that all cinephiles acquaint themselves with as many as possible -- if for no other reason than to understand the roots of our beloved art form. I will be watching as many silent films as I possibly can and, each month, will spotlight the titles that really standout.

This week we give "The Silent Treatment" to a true early classic: 'Metropolis'