For months my brother has been on at me to watch Sherlock Jr. I love old black and white movies but have had a problems getting into silent films in the same way. Of course I found The Kid moving but it was devastating and the comic side of it didn't sit right with me. However Sherlock Jr. has changed that (though maybe I should give Chaplin another shot). The film is beautifully shot, moving and also very funny. Some of the techniques must have been quite advanced for the period. It's also short and out of copyright so you can watch it on YouTube. I really think you should. This weekend I think I'm going to hunt out some of his others.
Maybe after that I'll watch Benny and Joon again too..