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Silents are Golden: 7 Remarkable Lillian Gish Films

7 Remarkable Lillian Gish Films You may have heard about the great actress Lillian Gish, whose film career lasted from the early days of film in the 1910s all the way to her final movie appearance in The Whales of … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Fresh From The Vaudeville Stage: Buster Keaton Joins The Movies

Buster Keaton Joins The Movies Even compared to his fellow stars, Buster Keaton’s early life was uniquely colorful. Born to medicine show performers in 1895 and first appearing onstage when he was barely old enough to walk, he became the … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At: The Big Parade (1925)

A Closer Look At: The Big Parade (1925) In 1928, the great star John Gilbert wrote in an article for Photoplay: “Have any of you ever gone through an experience at school, or at college, or while in love, or … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Jessica Borthwick, A Forgotten Front Lines Filmmaker

Jessica Borthwick, A Forgotten Front Lines Filmmaker We’re all familiar with the adventurous silent era cameramen who coolly took their equipment into dangerous situations, whether by trekking Arctic tundras or crossing broiling deserts. The excitement of capturing actual life led … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Chaplin’s Year At The Keystone Film Company

Silents are Golden: Chaplin’s Year At The Keystone Film Company In August 1913, Charlie Chaplin wrote a letter to his brother Sidney to share some exciting news: “I have had an offer from a moving picture company for quite a … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: 12 French Silent Film Recommendations

Silents are Golden: 12 French Silent Film Recommendations Thanks to pioneering inventors like the Lumière Brothers, who famously held the first public showing of motion pictures in Paris on December 28, 1895, France is often considered the birthplace of cinema. … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars: John Bunny and Flora Finch

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars: John Bunny and Flora Finch As a followup of sorts to my Vitagraph Studios piece, here’s a look at two of the company’s most popular stars, now considered icons of early 1910s screen comedy! It … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Orphans of the Storm (1921)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Orphans of the Storm (1921) The early 1920s in the U.S.A. was a time of changing tastes and fashions, when society was trying to bounce back in the aftermath of World War … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A History of the Iconic Vitagraph Studios

Silents are Golden: A History of the Iconic Vitagraph Studios If you have even a passing interest in silent film, you’re no doubt familiar with the Keystone Film Company and Biograph–to say nothing of the Georges Méliès and Edison studios. … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) The silent era is synonymous with many things: tenderly-lit romances, wacky silent comedies, edgy German Expressionism, and, of course, big-budget spectacles. From Intolerance (1916) to Metropolis … Continue reading

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