Silent Livesby Lon Davis
Silent Lives contains 100 biographical sketches of the great--and near great--of the silent film era. Each vividly written profile is illustrated by exquisite photographs, many of which have not been seen in decades. Kevin Brownlow (who
"A truly delightful, interesting and informative volume - with a nice (and very mixed) choice of subjects."
Silent Lives contains 100 biographical sketches of the great--and near great--of the silent film era. Each vividly written profile is illustrated by exquisite photographs, many of which have not been seen in decades. Kevin Brownlow (who provides the foreword) says: "If you ever wondered who created the movies, this fascinating book will provide the answer."
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Before getting hold of this book, I'd only heard about such entertaining figures as Will Rogers, Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. Maybe I'd seen snippets of their silent work, but I didn't really know anything about them. Now I do! Author Lon Davis has brought them all to life for me. How interesting to know that the Little Rascals were a lot easier to direct and more natural in the silent films than they were in the talkies! Did you know they didn't use a script in the silent versions of those young folks' adventures? And what terrific photos are included with each mini-bio! This is a must-read for anyone who is nostalgic for the silent-screen era.
Lon Davis' " Silent Lives " is an excellent introductory volume, covering (albeit briefly) 100 figures crucial to the silent film era. There are several glaring omissions in this particular volume, but overall the book does a fine job of introducing novice film students to these wonderful performers. For example, I am stunned that the amazing Renee Adoree' is not included in this book, along with several others, are not among the 100 chosen, but this is the hazard of any book like this. Excellent for the novice learner, not exactly the ticket for the more knowledgeable silent enthusiast.