Category Archives: Posts by Lee Stans

Silents are Golden: World War I – The Gamechanger of Film History

Silents are Golden: World War I – The Gamechanger of Film History To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the final year of World War I, I decided to write a piece concentrating on the war’s impact on cinema. I hope … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Brief Look at Obscure Silent Film Comedians

A Brief Look at Obscure Silent Film Comedians Since I touched upon the history of silent comedy a couple months ago, I thought I’d do a follow-up post exploring that history in a little more detail. Hope you enjoy! If … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Dapper Max Linder

Silent Superstars: The Dapper Max Linder Today, we tend to consider famous folks like Mary Pickford or Charlie Chaplin to be our earliest movie stars. But there were some screen actors and actresses who rose to fame even before they … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Little Tour Through The History Of Silent Comedy

A Little Tour Through The History Of Silent Comedy When it comes to the genre of silent comedy, everyone’s familiar with the great Charlie Chaplin– perhaps the single most famous figure in cinema– and the solemn-faced Buster Keaton has a large … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Before the Nickelodeon – The Era of Traveling Moving Picture Shows

Before the Nickelodeon: The Era of Traveling Moving Picture Shows We’ve all seen pictures of beautiful 1920s movie palaces, complete with columns, statues, and enormous lit-up marquees. And their ancestor, the Nickelodeon, is fairly well known–those small, crowded little theaters … Continue reading

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Silents Are Golden: Silent Superstars, The Incomparable Mary Pickford

Silent Superstars, The Incomparable Mary Pickford You’ve all seen pictures of her, no doubt–of a girlish actress with long golden curls and a face like an Edwardian valentine. She was often photographed holding puppies and kittens, practically radiating purity and … Continue reading

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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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