Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture (Google eBook)

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Feb 28, 2009 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
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A gorgeous, lavish history of silent movies - with more than 400 amazing images - captures the birth of film and icons like Chaplin, Garbo, Clara Bow, and Valentino.


Drawing on the extraordinary collection of The Library of Congress, one of the greatest repositories for silent film and memorabilia, Peter Kobel has created the definitive visual history of silent film. From its birth in the 1890s, with the earliest narrative shorts, through the brilliant full-length features of the 1920s, SILENT MOVIES captures the greatest directors and actors and their immortal films. SILENT MOVIES also looks at the technology of early film, the use of color photography, and the restoration work being spearheaded by some of Hollywood's most important directors, such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Richly illustrated from the Library of Congress's extensive collection of posters, paper prints, film stills, and memorabilia-most of which have never been in print-SILENT MOVIES is an important work of history that will also be a sought-after gift book for all lovers of film.
  

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And again, pretty pictures. - Goodreads
The introduction was also quite interesting. - Overstock.com
I can't get enough of looking at all the pictures. - Goodreads

Review: Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture

User Review  - AJ - Goodreads

Great as a coffee table book to glance through and admire the pretty pictures, but that's about all. Very shallow and disjointed. For the extremely casual observer only. NOT for the true film student or historical researcher. Read full review

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User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

An absolutely fantastic introduction to silent movies, released in cooperation with the Library of Congress. A must for any silent movie fan! Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD Martin Scorsese
THE EARLY YEARS
THE BUSINESS OF FILM
GENRES
THE ART OF FILM
THE STARS
PROMOTION AND THE PRESS
THE DIRECTORS
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
SOUND AND COLOR
EPILOGUE
Afterword by James Billington
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Scorsese received a B.S. and M.S. from New York University. At NYU he made several award winning student films and wrote the script for his first feature film. He has directed over 20 feature and documentary films.

Ron van Dopperen studied history at the University of Utrecht, Holland, where he wrote his Master of Arts Thesis on the American World War I documentary films (1988). He now works as a communication advisor for the Dutch government. Cooper C. Graham is retired from the Library of Congress where he was a curator in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" and (in collaboration) D.W. Griffith and the Biograph Company. Since 2010, the authors have been working on a series of articles for Film History journal on the following American cameramen of World War I: Wilbur H. Durborough, Edwin F. Weigle, Albert K. Dawson and Nelson E. Edwards. New stories have been prepared on Captain Frank E. Kleinschmidt and newsreel photographer Ansel E. Wallace.

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