Category Archives: Posts by Lee Stans

Silents Are Golden: The Thoroughly Lost Art of the Title Card

The Thoroughly Lost Art of the Title Card A few months ago I wrote a brief overview on silent films title cards, covering both their practical use and their artistic side. Now I’m going to delve a little deeper into … Continue reading

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Silents Are Golden: A Look At Six (Very) Early Film Directors

A Look At Six (Very) Early Film Directors You’ve likely all heard about Thomas Edison’s irreplaceable contributions to the development of cinema — particularly as a business — and are probably familiar with the iconic work of Georges “A Trip … Continue reading

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Silents Are Golden: Georges Méliès, The Magician of the Cinema

  Georges Méliès, The Magician of the Cinema No appreciation for the history of cinema can be complete without getting to know one of its most influential, most visionary, and most joyfully energetic individuals: the great pioneer Georges Méliès. In … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: What are the Top Ten Oldest Films? (That Still Survive)

What Are The Top 10 Oldest Films? (That Still Survive) We’ve all seen clips of early, scratchy films showing a woman dancing or blacksmiths at work, films more like experimental documentaries than anything else. But have you ever wondered: what … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Paving The Way For The Movies–A Nod To Victorian Film Pioneers

Paving The Way For The Movies — A Nod To Victorian Film Pioneers When you study the origins of film, it almost seems to have begun by magic. For centuries there was painting and sculpture. By the 19th century there … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Learning To Love Those Title Cards

Learning To Love Those Title Cards So there you are, a wide-eyed silent film newbie, getting ready to pop in a pre-1927 film for the very first time. With your popcorn and beverage at the ready, you settle into the … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: “But They’re So Primitive!”– Some Common Misconceptions About Silent Films

“But They’re So Primitive!” Some Common Misconceptions About Silent Films It’s a conversation that fans of silent film are all very familiar with. You tell someone you love watching silents. They laugh. Then it dawns on them that you aren’t … Continue reading

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