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Silents are Golden: Beyond “The Big Three”: Some Silent Comedy Suggestions

Silents are Golden: Beyond “The Big Three”: Some Silent Comedy Suggestions If you’re a fan of silent comedy, I’m willing to bet you fell for it one of three ways: by watching Buster Keaton’s films, by watching Charlie Chaplin’s films, … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Safety Last! (1923)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Safety Last! (1923) Few images from cinema are more iconic than the 1920s, black-and-white photo of a young man in round glasses dangling from a clock. Even if you’ve never seen a … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Animal Stars of the Silent Era

Silents are Golden: Animal Stars of the Silent Era The silent era boasted an incredible number of stars, from sweet ingenue types to “grotesque” comedians to dashing heroes. But not all stars were flappers or sheiks–some were furry and even … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Remembering Diana Serra Cary, Or “Baby Peggy”

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Remembering Diana Serra Cary, Or “Baby Peggy” On February 24, 2020, the world lost its last bona fide silent film star – Diana Serra Cary, who had passed away at age 101. While there … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: The Mysterious Disappearance of Louis Le Prince

Silents are Golden: The Mysterious Disappearance of Louis Le Prince If I asked you to name the first person who ever shot moving images on film, what would your guess be? Thomas Edison? The Lumière brothers? Someone more familiar to … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Battleship Potemkin (1925) If there was a Mount Rushmore of Very Famous Films–and we’re talking insanely famous films that have been discussed for many decades–one spot would obviously be occupied by Citizen … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish

Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish “I remember one day in the early summer going through the gloomy old hall of the Biograph Studio when suddenly all gloom seemed to disappear. This change in atmosphere … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Six Important Flappers Of The Silent Screen

Silents are Golden: 6 Important Flappers Of The Silent Screen Earlier this year I wrote a column about how youthful “flapper” trends influenced silent films and vice versa. I briefly went over the notable screen flappers, just so you’d get … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: What Was The Deal With Silent Film Makeup?

Silents are Golden: What Was The Deal With Silent Film Makeup? If you’re a new fan of silent films, you’re probably getting used to the slightly quicker speed, the old-fashioned acting styles, and the occasional scratchy film print. But maybe … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) The indisputable masterpiece of German Expressionism is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari–both because it’s a perfect example of the style done right (which was less common … Continue reading

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