The Shattered Silents: How the Talkies Came to Stay
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The Shattered Silents: How the Talkies Came to Stay

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Published January 1st 1980 by Quill (first published January 1st 1978)
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Diane
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Jill Hutchinson
This book is only for the serious student of the birth of talking film. Why?....because it does provide quite a bit of technical detail as Hollywood struggled with the methods of transferring sound to film, stationary microphones, and sound quality. That is not to say that the reader has to be an engineer to appreciate the text....just that it may provide too much information for the casual reader. There are interesting anecdotes regarding the rise and/or fall of established silent stars and the...more
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I suppose I'd give it 2.5 stars out of 5. I quickly scanned the index and they didn't really mention any female director in that time period besides Dorothy Arzner, even though there were several.

I only read the page about her (118) for my dissertation. I might make use of the information or I might not.
Greta
Month by month details of how talkies came into Hollywood and the effect of the early pictures. Not accurate in all details.
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Excellent insight into the story of the introduction of sound into cinema.
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