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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Charlie Chaplin, the Eternal King of Comedy

Silents are Golden Column: Silent Superstars–Charlie Chaplin, the Eternal King of Comedy Of the many iconic performers that we all recognize today – Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Dean – there is one that stands alone as the most recognizable of … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Daring Drivers (and Cameramen)

The World’s Most Daring Drivers (and Cameramen) May 31 marks the 104th anniversary of the first Indy 500 race. While it may be difficult to imagine turn of the century cars taking on such an intense endurance test, it’s possible … Continue reading

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Nevermore! Eclair and Essanay Pursue ‘The Raven’ (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 2)

  Nevermore! Eclair and Essanay Pursue ‘The Raven’ As recent as 2012, Edgar Allan Poe has been portrayed in a medium which he never lived to see. His works and his life have provided ample material for film. In fact, … Continue reading

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The Little Colonel Meets Poe: Henry B. Walthall at Essanay: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 5)

  The Little Colonel Meets Poe: Henry B. Walthall at Essanay Henry B. Walthall is widely remembered today for his performance as The Little Colonel in D.W. Griffith’s controversial “The Birth of a Nation,” and for his work under Griffith … Continue reading

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Gilbert M. Anderson and the Rise of the Western Star

  G.M. Anderson and the Rise of the Western Star ‘Max Aronson’ might not be a name that you immediately recognize, but chances are very good that you would recognize his professional name. And chances are even greater that you … Continue reading

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Saving and Restoring Historic Essanay Studios: Interview with Gary Keller at The Essanay Center

  Interview with Gary N. Keller at The Essanay Center Essanay Studios is currently running an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money for the preservation and revitalization of their historic film studio — the first and last remaining silent film studio. CMH … Continue reading

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Preserving History: The Essanay Studios Indiegogo Campaign

Preserving History: The Restoration of Iconic Essanay Studios The Famous terracotta entrance to present-day Essanay Studios. History is such a beautiful thing. Like a giant puzzle with endless pieces, History provides us with context for concepts and events as infinite in … Continue reading

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