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Seductive Cinema: The Art Of Silent Film

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In Seductive Cinema, James Card -- pioneer collector of silents since the twenties, founder of the motion-picture archive at the George Eastman House, and co-founder of the Telluride Film Festival -- offers an exhilarating and richly illustrated celebration of silent movies. His lively reevaluation sheds new light on the art, directors, cinematographers, and stars of the g ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1994)
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Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
Yes, James Card appeared egotistical ("this outrageous complaint
was like having a bank clerk accuse Albert Einstein of a mathematical
error" - I think Card was likening himself to Einstein)!!! From
the time he was a child in the 1920s and was given his first
projector (a Keystone Moviegraph) he was seduced by the silent cinema.
The first films to pique his interest were foreign made - Pabst'
"Westfield 1918", "Siegfried" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari".
Starting with Muybridge and the Lumieres, who
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed this. a nice overview of silent films. happy to see that films and directors that are often lauded were not taken at face value and in a few cases taken down a notch or two. i could have done without the chapter on film professors, but other than that a good read which has me wanting to huntdown more classic silent films.
Nancy Loe
Oct 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Card may have been a complete egotist, but film fans owe him several debts for his work preserving silent film and his help reviving interest in the career of silent film star Louise Brooks and encouraging her to write.
Aug 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Mostly about his career, trying to save films over the years. Very interesting. Lots of nasty cracks about Iris Barry and MOMA.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Film Historians, Film Preservationists, Silent Era Fans
Recommended to Michael by: Fritzi Kramer
I have rather mixed feelings about this book: some parts I liked, others I hated. Unfortunately, Card chose to end with a rant that re-awakened most of my “hating,” so it’s hard for me to focus on the good parts now that I’ve finished it, but I’ll try, at least for the first part of this review.

James Card was a lifelong movie collector and silent film enthusiast before it was cool. During the many harsh years when silents were castigated and caricatured, he remained faithfully convinced that the
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Seductive Cinema isn't seductive at all, as a reader I wasn't in the least seduced. This book will be liked if you have a limited knowledge of "silent" cinema, so long as you know who Cecil B. DeMille is, Louise Brooks and John Barrymore were. The first couple of chapters the book had real potential to introduce new audiences to the pleasure of "silent" films or reintroduce audiences to it, however, it never quite comes off as it should, whether that was because the book had to be by a certa ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is considered the ultimate in the critique of the art of silent film. Although it is extremely well researched, I found it a bit dry but still would recommend it for the fan of pre-1928 film.
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