Silent Movies: The Birth of Film to the Triumph of Movie Culture (Hardback)
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Silent Movies: The Birth of Film to the Triumph of Movie Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 06/12/2007
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Few people realise the extent to which the Hollywood movie industry today was shaped in the silent era. Drawing on the resources of The Library of Congress, one of the greatest repositories for silent film and associated memorabilia, Peter Kobel explores the fascinating world of silent film, from its birth in the 1890s, with the earliest narrative shorts, through the full-length features of the Twenties and puts directors, actors and their films into a broad historical perspective. The book also looks at the technology of early film, the use of colour photography and the restoration work being spearheaded by some of Hollywood's most important director such as Scorcese and Francis Ford Coppola. Lavishly illustrated by the Library of Congress's extensive collection of posters, paper prints, film stills and other memorabilia, most of which has never been in print, SILENT MOVIES will take its place as the defining work on this most important and fascinating aspect of American culture.

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
ISBN: 9780316117913
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 2106 g
Dimensions: 314 x 243 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Spectacular. -- The New York Times
"The definitive visual history of silent film." New York Daily News"
"A ravishing, oversize, million-pound study of the silent movie era, not just its films, but its promotion, its culture and the way these movies changed how we think about the world." Washington Post Express"
"Kobel has lovingly detailed this world-from the zany publicity campaigns to the lavish scripts to the decadent star lifestyles. SILENT MOVIES is an essential addition to any film or design lover's library." Encore magazine"
This isn't a coffee table book, though any coffee table would be lucky to be graced by it. The excellent text manages the trick of being exhaustive without being exhausting, while the photos--and stills, and posters, and lobby cards--are enchanting. Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Online"
"If you ever wondered why film buffs get weak in the knees about the movies made before talkies, this book can help you understand. . . . it is beautifully designed with a dazzling array of movie stills, posters and promo material drawn from the Library of Congress' memorabilia collection." San Francisco Chronicle"
"A handsomely designed and illustrated pictorial history of the voiceless cinema." Los Angeles Times"
Spectacular. The New York Times"

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