Silent Stars

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Wesleyan University Press, 2000 - 510 páginas
Film scholar Jeanine Basinger offers a revelatory, perceptive, and highly readable look at the greatest silent film stars -- not those few who are fully appreciated and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, but those who have been misrepresented, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten.

Included are Valentino, "the Sheik," who was hardly the effeminate lounge lizard he's been branded; Mary Pickford, who couldn't have been further from the adorable little creature with golden ringlets that was her film persona; Marion Davies, unfairly pilloried in Citizen Kane; the original "Phantom" and "Hunchback," Lon Chaney; the beautiful Talmadge sisters, Norma and Constance. Here are the great divas, Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; the great flappers, Colleen Moore and Clara Bow; the great cowboys, William S. Hart and Tom Mix; and the great lover, John Gilbert. Basinger also includes the quintessential slapstick comedienne, Mabel Normand, with her Keystone Kops; the quintessential all-American hero, Douglas Fairbanks; and, of course, the quintessential all-American dog, Rin-Tin-Tin.
 

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This book is a veritable tome and I worked through it gradually over the course of a book. It includes biographies on various stars of the silent era, going into good detail on their entrances into ... Leer reseña completa

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Primarily critiques on the films and the impact they (and the actors) had on the public. There is much less information of the actor’s lives, themselves. Likewise, there are plenty of "opinions” by ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

Introduction
3
Mary Pickford
13
Mabel and the Kops
63
Douglas Fairbanks
97
The Talmadges Norma and Constance
135
William SHart and Tom Mix
177
Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri
200
Rudolph Valentino
259
Lon Chaney
335
John Gilbert
365
Colleen Moore and Clara Bow
405
RinTinTin
445
Garbo Talks
463
Bibliography
470
Index
475
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Marion Davies
305

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Sobre el autor (2000)

JEANINE BASINGER is Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and Curator of Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University. Her many books on film include A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930 - 1960 (1995), American Cinema (1994), The "It's a Wonderful Life" Book (1990), and The World War II Combat Film (1986).

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