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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Sunrise (1927)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Sunrise (1927) German director F.W. Murnau, probably best known for his horror classic Nosferatu (1922), is also renowned for his masterpiece Sunrise (1927). This beautifully stylized drama about the travails of a … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: 5 Flapper-Themed Films From The 1920s

Silents are Golden: 5 Flapper-Themed Films From The 1920s In the mood for a film about the Roaring Twenties? Something lighthearted with plenty of bobbed hair, short skirts, hip flasks, and jazz? (Personally, my answer is always “yes.”) Save your … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Eternally Glamorous Gloria Swanson

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Eternally Glamorous Gloria Swanson If you hear the words “glamour” and “movie star,” which famous name comes to mind? Chances are someone like Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Loren. Or perhaps – hopefully! – … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: The Silent Films of Cecil B. DeMille

Silents are Golden: The Silent Films of Cecil B. DeMille Well known for beloved classics like The Ten Commandments (1956), Cecil B. DeMille is indisputably one of Hollywood’s great directors. While he is perhaps not considered as “artsy” as some … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look – The General (1926)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look – The General (1926) Often called one of the finest silent films of all time – some people even consider it the finest – Buster Keaton’s masterwork The General (1926) still feels wonderfully fresh … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Marvelous Mabel Normand

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Marvelous Mabel Normand If Charlie Chaplin is considered the king of slapstick, then Mabel Normand certainly is its queen. Much-loved by audiences in her day, everyone who knew and worked with Mabel also … Continue reading

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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: Four Fearless Movie Stuntmen Of The 1920s

Silents are Golden: 4 Fearless Movie Stuntmen Of The 1920s One of my recent columns talked about the dangers early studios often faced to capture “authentic” weather and hair-raising stunts. That inspired this month’s piece, which takes a closer look … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Way Down East (1920)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Way Down East (1920) One of the most influential early directors of all time was D.W. Griffith, who rose to acclaim for the excellent short dramas he directed for Biograph and went … 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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