Tag Archives: silent film

TCM Trailblazing Women: Anna May Wong

  Turner Classic Movies Trailblazing Women in Film Breaking Barriers: Anna May Wong Continuing on the success of last year’s programming, Turner Classic Movies will once again host the series Trailblazing Women of Hollywood, celebrating the actresses who have made … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Theda Bara and Fort Lee NJ, Classic Movie Travels

Born July 29, 1885 Theda Bara “I have the face of a vampire, but the heart of a feminist.” Silent Screen Siren, Theda Bara, made over 40 films from 1914 through 1926 (all but three from 1914-1919), becoming one of cinema’s … Continue reading

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From Frazer to Fairbanks to Flynn – Robin Hood in Film (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 5)

  From Frazer to Fairbanks to Flynn – Robin Hood in Film As recently as 2010, the character of Robin Hood appeared on the silver screen to steal from the rich, give to the poor, and chase Prince John from … Continue reading

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The Diamond from the Sky: American’s Crown Jewel: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 7)

  The Diamond from the Sky: American’s Crown Jewel The serial film was nothing new when the American Film Manufacturing Company released “The Diamond from the Sky” in 1915. In fact, just months before, the Thanhouser Film Corporation had wrapped … Continue reading

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Flying High With Flying A in the Windy City: The American Film Manufacturing Company: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 6)

  Flying High With Flying A in the Windy City: The American Film Manufacturing Company Formed by Samuel Hutchinson and Charles Hite, the American Film Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1910 and held the distinction of being the only independent … 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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The Selig Polyscope Company and the Birth of Film in the Windy City: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 2)

The Selig Polyscope Company and the Birth of Film in the Windy City “Colonel” William Selig By the time William N. Selig died in 1948, he had produced thousands of films via the Selig Polyscope Company, discovered a number of … Continue reading

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A Star is Born – Gloria Swanson at Essanay

  A Star is Born – Gloria Swanson at Essanay “You ought to screen wonderfully, if you don’t screen terribly,” the director challenged the young woman touring the studio. The petite young girl was not intimidated. “Try me,” she fired … 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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