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

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

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This was very informative. I loved this book. I love old movies so this book was a very good read. I hated trying to pronounce the foreign names though. Haha. Very difficult. I recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for old films. (: Read full review

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

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This was an entertaining overview of the history of film from its origins in the late 19th century throughout the silent era, which lasted until the late 1920's in the United States. The book covers ... 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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Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and graduated from New York University with a degree in film. Widely considered one the best filmmakers in American history, his movies include "Mean Streets", "Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", "After Hours", "Cape Fear", and "Gangs of New York".

Kevin Brownlow, who lives in London, is a historian of silent films, which he began collecting at the age of eleven. He has written about them in "The Parade's Gone By...; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Behind the Mask of Innocence; Hollywood: The Pioneers; "and "Napolean: Abel Gance's Classic Film", which recounted his acclaimed reconstruction of that famous masterpiece. As a filmmaker, he has made two features with Andrew Mollo--"It Happened Here" and "Winstanley"--and several television documentaries with David Gill, including the thirteen-part series "Hollywood", first shown in 1980, and more recently "Unknown Chaplin, Buster KEaton: A Hard Art to Follow, "and "Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius".

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