Silent Stars

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Wesleyan University Press, 2000 - 510 páginas
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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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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

SILENT STARS

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Basinger brings considerable expertise but insufficient adventurousness to the all-too-often neglected world of silent film. Silent film, to paraphrase L.P. Hartley, is a foreign country, they do ... Leer reseña completa

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Introduction
3
Mary Pickford
15
Mabel and the Kops
65
Douglas Fairbanks
99
The Talmadges Norma and Constance
137
William SHart and Tom Mix
179
Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri
203
Rudolph Valentino
265
Lon Chaney
341
John Gilbert
371
Colleen Moore and Clara Bow
411
RinTinTin
451
Garbo Talks
469
Bibliography
476
Index
481
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Marion Davies
311

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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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