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Posted March 13, 2012
“Silent Movies & Early Sound Films on DVD” by John Howard Reid is a wonderful guide to classic movies that can be found on DVDs. The movies are listed in alphabetical order, but it doesn’t need to be read that way. I started off reading from the beginning, but then found myself randomly selecting pages and reading them from top to bottom.
Mr. Reid definitely knows his stuff when it comes to silent movies and early sound films. Each movie lists the actors and the roles they played, director and crew, copyright date, and usually a synopsis and notes. I particularly like it when the author puts in his own comments about a movie. Sometimes his comments are scathing such as his review of “Don’t Be Nervous” where he states that it “is an excellent example of Educational at its worst. “ He can also praise as in the film “Sunrise” where he says that it is “simply one of the best movies ever made, Sunrise is both an invigorating and heart-warming, yet sometimes comic and intensely dramatic experience.”
I don’t know much about silent movies or early talking movies, but reading this book makes me want to go out and find many of them. Mr. Reid’s enthusiasm is very contagious and his knowledge is immense. This book is a great resource and could be a fun way to revamp movie night in the home.
**This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. That in no way influenced my review.**