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A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen

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334 Page,Year by Year Pictorial History of the Silent Screen.
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published 1954 by H. Hamilton (first published 1953)
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D.R. Haney
I discovered this book at a faded movie star's house two years ago. The movie star, who'll remain unnamed, was having a birthday party, and I didn't know anybody there, so I focused on the bookshelf, noticed this book, took it out and sat staring at it until I finally forced myself to mingle a little. There's some text, but the book is mostly pictures, as the title says, and I found myself fascinated by all of these faces, a few of them photographed in the nineteenth century, so that, wanting to ...more
An invaluable reference. The best collection of film stills ever assembled in one book. While the book does contain some text, this is mainly eye-candy. It also underscores just how much of our film heritage is missing by all the pictures of films we'll probably never see.
An amazing, and sad, fact about silent movies is that, beginning with the nickelodeons in 1908 until 1930--for twenty-two years, the silent movie industry was a ground-breaking, world-changing phenomenon. Yet from almost the moment sound emerged in movies, the silents were forgotten and have since been basically unseen. Yet much passion and effort and life force went into them.

This book provides a detailed--even if it still must be faint--image-- of what those years may have been like. It begin
My all time favorite silent film book. Not much text, but an enormous number of pictures. They are usually quite small, but are still a treasure trove. I think this was the book that most influenced me in my fascination for silent films. All those wonderful faces made me curious to see more. It's been wonderful through the years to finally see many of the films and discover the personalities that go along with the faces.
captain america
hundreds of words but many, many thousands pictures. another one i devoured when other kids were trading baseball cards.
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