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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A beautiful and wonderful book. A must for anyone who loves silents and classic movies. I really enjoy reading about the early days of the movies and this book gives me just what I want. The introduction was also quite interesting. Read full review

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The afterword from the Library of Congress (LC) says this book's purpose is "to increase the visibility of its film collections." It does that. But as a primer on the history and glories of film's ... 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
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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".

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