The Parade's Gone By
A narrative and photographic history of the early days of the movies, combining fact, anecdote, and reminiscence in a critical survey of films, actors, directors, producers, writers, editors, technicians, and other participants and hangers-on.
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A treasure trove of early cinema lore full of rich detail and surprise nuggets the author dug up and displays eloquently. I couldn't put it down and have re-read it twice.
It seems like all films made since the original greats haven't surpassed them in technique or drama, just technical sophistication. The basics still work. Black & white surpasses computer generated thrills and supersaturated tricky color.
It changed the way I've watched all films since.
I've recommended it to every film student since I read it. It should be in any cinema lovers library. A classic.
introduction 1 Contents 2 THE PRIMITIVE YEARS
EARLY DAYS AT VITAGRAPH
FROM BIRTH OF A NATION TO INTOLERANCE
STUNT MEN OF SILENT PICTURES
YOU CANT MAKE A PICTURE WITHOUT EM
IT WAS A TOUGH LIFE
THE SILENTS WERE NEVER SILENT
CLARENCE BROWN 13j 13 THE LOST WORK OF EDWARD SLOMAN 135
CECIL B DE MILLE
JOSEF VON STERNBERG j
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS IN ROBIN HOOD
THE GOLDEN PATH OR THE CURSE OF MELODRAMA
THE HIDDEN POWER
TINTING AND TITLING
GLORIA SWANSON f
LOUIS B MAYER AND IRVING THALBERG
DAVID O SELZNICK
WERE NOT LAUGHING LIKE WE USED TO
THE SILENT FILM IN EUROPE
THE TALKING PICTURE