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Silents are Golden: The Makeup of Silent Clowns

Silents are Golden: The Makeup of Silent Clowns One of my 2019 articles for Classic Movie Hub concentrated on the distinct makeup that was used in silent films. Now let’s take a closer look at the era’s most distinct-looking makeup … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The One and Only Douglas Fairbanks

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The One and Only Douglas Fairbanks With his endless energy, impressive athletic skills, muscular physique, and winning smile, Douglas Fairbanks was the all-American role model that the early 20th century needed. His films were good, … 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: 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: 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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Fritz Lang: The Silent Films Review and Giveaway (December) (12-disc Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber)

Fritz Lang: The Silent Films 12-Blu-Ray Set Review and Giveaway (below) Yay! The contest is over and the winner is: Michael J Lyons! Congratulations! I first became ‘acquainted’ with the silent films of Fritz Lang a few years back when … 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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