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Silents are Golden: Animal Stars of the Silent Era

Silents are Golden: Animal Stars of the Silent Era The silent era boasted an incredible number of stars, from sweet ingenue types to “grotesque” comedians to dashing heroes. But not all stars were flappers or sheiks–some were furry and even … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Remembering Diana Serra Cary, Or “Baby Peggy”

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Remembering Diana Serra Cary, Or “Baby Peggy” On February 24, 2020, the world lost its last bona fide silent film star – Diana Serra Cary, who had passed away at age 101. While there … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Battleship Potemkin (1925) If there was a Mount Rushmore of Very Famous Films–and we’re talking insanely famous films that have been discussed for many decades–one spot would obviously be occupied by Citizen … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish

Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish “I remember one day in the early summer going through the gloomy old hall of the Biograph Studio when suddenly all gloom seemed to disappear. This change in atmosphere … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: What Was The Deal With Silent Film Makeup?

Silents are Golden: What Was The Deal With Silent Film Makeup? If you’re a new fan of silent films, you’re probably getting used to the slightly quicker speed, the old-fashioned acting styles, and the occasional scratchy film print. But maybe … Continue reading

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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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Silent Chicago: Chariot Races and Copyright Infringement: A Tale of Ben Hur (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 4)

  Chariot Races and Copyright Infringement: A Tale of Ben Hur In 1907, the state of the American film industry was rather poor and was still, largely, in its infancy. D.W. Griffith had just joined the industry as an actor, … Continue reading

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Silent Chicago: 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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TCM – The Silent Stars of the Month

  Turner Classic Movies – The Silent Stars of the Month This month Turner Classic Movies is shaking up their ‘Star of the Month” programming. Instead of focusing on just one star, TCM is focusing on a whole slew of … Continue reading

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Silent Chicago: 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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