One of the many trivial matters that occupies my diminishing brain cells: Do folks outside of the U.S. refer to U.S. movies as "foreign films"?
Nope, we don't, even though they are technically foreign language here as well. I guess English is so familiar now that it isn't 'foreign', because I've never heard anyone refer to British cinema as foreign either.
The countries refered to as foreign are the ones whose cinema we don't get exposed to so much, whose language we don't speak.
Anyhoo, the term 'foreign' is pretty meaningless on the internet, isn't it?
Re. The topic of this post, I have an uncle who is a film buff. Sadly, he lives at the other end of the country and I have virtually no contact with him. I haven't seen him in years. The last time we met we talked a bit about Nosferatu, though.
I'm the only buff in my family, but we all love cinema, and my parents take a vague interest in silents too. They watch them with me sometimes. The last time was when we all saw The Phantom Carriage, and I was disappointed with my dad because he thought Gösta Berling was better. Pfft.
Even my brother might watch a silent with me if it's German and has a connection to fantasy. He didn't like Faust though, since he's a little atheist and can't appreciate any film with a religious theme at the moment. I told him it was really no different from Harry Potter, but he refused to see that.