The Silent Screen: Essays in Honor of American Executives, Directors, Stars, Comedians and Films, 1896-1926

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There is a great deal of pleasure to be gained from the first thirty years of American movies?even without seeing the movies. The Silent Screen is dedicated to guiding readers through some of those pleasures. The book highlights the main events, the leading lights, and the films that mattered. It is a selective history for those who want to be informed without being overwhelmed, who would like to know enough about the silent era to feel at home there, respect its artists, and admire their work. Culled from the ...

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Overview

There is a great deal of pleasure to be gained from the first thirty years of American movies—even without seeing the movies. The Silent Screen is dedicated to guiding readers through some of those pleasures. The book highlights the main events, the leading lights, and the films that mattered. It is a selective history for those who want to be informed without being overwhelmed, who would like to know enough about the silent era to feel at home there, respect its artists, and admire their work. Culled from the author's five previous anthologies, The First Tycoons, The First Film Makers, The Stars Appear, The Silent Comedians, and Films of the 1920s, The Silent Screen stands alone as an inclusive series of essays for general readers. An added value to the introductory text are eleven appendixes, which include information on silent film companies, early film executives, notable directors, and a listing of the titles and directors of films reviewed in the first five volumes.

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Editorial Reviews

Rapport
There's little doubt that every movie buff, veteran or novice, will find something of value in this sampler of MacCann's writings, perhaps even inspiring you to search out and read MacCann's books of movie history.
The Silent Film Monthly
The value of this book lies in the author's use of the most recent scholarship, which he incorporates into his text, resulting in a more accurate view of the silent era.
The Silents Majority
Professor MacCann gives us more than a dry recitation. His well-researched writings are infusyed with a love and fascination for his subject. Selected essays provide an overview of the notable personalities and genres that evolved from the silent era...reading the book is...like approaching an interesting house with many windows. Peering in each window reveals its own secrets...it is important to encourage the publishing industry to provide new books, like Professor McCann's...
Rapport
There's little doubt that every movie buff, veteran or novice, will find something of value in this sampler of MacCann's writings, perhaps even inspiring you to search out and read MacCann's books of movie history..
Silents Majority
Professor MacCann gives us more than a dry recitation. His well-researched writings are infusyed with a love and fascination for his subject. Selected essays provide an overview of the notable personalities and genres that evolved from the silent era...reading the book is...like approaching an interesting house with many windows. Peering in each window reveals its own secrets...it is important to encourage the publishing industry to provide new books, like Professor McCann's....
Booknews
Culled from the author's five previous anthologies on the history of early film, this volume contains 15 essays which together provide a selective history of the first 30 years of Hollywood film-making. Some b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833685
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: American Movies Series , #6
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Dyer MacCann is the author of well over forty published articles and twelve books. He has served as the Hollywood correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and as editor of Cinema Journal. He has produced five works on film and two video series, which include half-hour lectures that coordinate with the books in this series.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Business First 1
II D. W. Griffith's American Dream 11
III Ince and Hart 42
IV Stroheim 48
V Acting Out the American Dream 64
VI Mary and Doug 83
VII Gloria and Rudy 89
VIII Some Sad and Happy Endings 97
IX Sidelights on the System 114
X Is Comedy Inferior? 123
XI Sennett 139
XII Chaplin 147
XIII Keaton 158
XIV Lloyd and Langdon 170
XV The Culmination of Silent Cinema 185
Appendices 200
A Author's Note on History
B Selected Companies of the Silent Period: A Chronological List
C Brief Biographies of Early Film Executives
D Twenty Notable Directors
E Early Luminaries
F Chronology of Film Careers
G Some Possible Mechanisms and Motivations for Film Comedy
H Silent Feature Films by Four Comedians
I Cross Section of Studio Activity, 1925
J Titles and Directors of Films Reviewed in Volumes 1 to 5
K Bibliography
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