Silent Stars

Silent Stars

Jeanine Basinger

From one in all America's most famous movie students: a revelatory, perceptive, and hugely readable examine the best silent movie stars -- now not these few who're absolutely favored and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, yet those that were misperceived, unfairly brushed aside, or forgotten.

Here is Valentino, "the Sheik," who used to be hardly ever the effeminate front room lizard he is been branded as; Mary Pickford, who could not were farther from the lovable little creature with golden ringlets that used to be her movie character; Marion Davies, unfairly pilloried in Citizen Kane; the unique "Phantom" and "Hunchback," Lon Chaney; the attractive Talmadge sisters, Norma and Constance. listed here are the good divas, Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; the nice flappers, Colleen Moore and Clara Bow; the nice cowboys, William S. Hart and Tom combine; and the nice lover, John Gilbert. right here, too, is the imperative slapstick comedienne, Mabel Normand, together with her Keystone Kops; the integral all-American hero, Douglas Fairbanks; and, after all, the essential all-American puppy, Rin-Tin-Tin.

This is the 1st ebook to anatomize the most important silent gamers, reconstruct their careers, and provides us a feeling of what these motion pictures, these stars, and that Hollywood have been all approximately. a completely crucial textual content for somebody heavily attracted to video clips, and, with greater than 300 photos, as a lot a deal with to examine because it is to learn.

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