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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Tol’able David (1921)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Tol’able David (1921) One of the great joys of American silent film is not only the “up close and personal” look at times gone by, but seeing how people regarded even earlier … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: What Were Films Like In The Nickelodeon Era? – Part 2!

Silents are Golden: What Were Films Like In The Nickelodeon Era? – Part 2! Last month, we started exploring the many genres of 1900s nickelodeon films, taking a look at travelogs, military films, the different categories of comic shorts, etc. … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: What Were Films Like in The Nickelodeon Era?

Silents are Golden: What Were Films Like in The Nickelodeon Era? We’re all at least somewhat familiar with nickelodeons, the tiny 1900s-era theaters where patrons paid a nickel each to watch some films. And we all know that these quaint … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: The One-Of-A-Kind Harry Langdon

Silents are Golden: The One-Of-A-Kind Harry Langdon For a long time, most silent comedians were very much of the same “type.” Their appearances might vary and some had more distinctly “dimwitted” personalities than others, but practically all of them had … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Eidoloscopes, Praxinoscopes, And Other (Very) Early Cinematic Inventions

Silents are Golden: Eidoloscopes, Praxinoscopes, And Other (Very) Early Cinematic Inventions The invention of cinema was very much a fast-paced race. Starting in the late 19th century, dozens of inventors worked on machines to create moving images, everything from optical … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Greed (1924)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Greed (1924) With its deeply, grittily realistic story and grand, almost operatic themes, Frank Norris’s 1899 novel McTeague is one of the great American books of the late 19th century. While many … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Directors – The Ingenious F.W. Murnau

Silents are Golden: Silent Directors – The Ingenious F.W. Murnau Very tall and described as having an “icy, imperious disposition,” F.W. Murnau certainly fit the stereotypical idea of a German silent film director. Highly cultured, his love of the arts … Continue reading

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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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