Guide to the silent years of American cinema

The latest offering from the Reference Guides to the World's Cinema series, this critical survey of key films, actors, directors, and screenwriters during the silent era of the American cinema offers a broad-ranging portrait of the motion picture production of silent film. Detailed but concise...

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Main Author: McCaffrey, Donald W.
Other Authors: Jacobs, Christopher P., 1954-
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Series:Reference guides to the world's cinema.
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Online Access:E book Academic (EBSCO) Available to Current GSU Faculty, Staff and Students
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Main Author:McCaffrey, Donald W.
Summary:The latest offering from the Reference Guides to the World's Cinema series, this critical survey of key films, actors, directors, and screenwriters during the silent era of the American cinema offers a broad-ranging portrait of the motion picture production of silent film. Detailed but concise alphabetical entries include over 100 film titles and 150 personnel. An introductory chapter explores the early growth of the new silent medium while the final chapter of this encyclopedic study examines the sophistication of the silent cinema. These two chapters outline film history from its beginnings.

The latest offering from the Reference Guides to the World's Cinema series, this critical survey of key films, actors, directors, and screenwriters during the silent era of the American cinema offers a broad-ranging portrait of the motion picture production of silent film. Detailed but concise alphabetical entries include over 100 film titles and 150 personnel. An introductory chapter explores the early growth of the new silent medium while the final chapter of this encyclopedic study examines the sophistication of the silent cinema. These two chapters outline film history from its beginnings until the perfection of synchronized sound, and reflect upon the themes and techniques established with the silent cinema that continued into the sound era through modern times.

The annotated entries, alphabetically arranged by film title or personnel, include brief bibliographies and filmographies. An appendix lists secondary but important movies and their creators. Film and popular culture scholars will appreciate the vast amount of information that has been culled from various sources and that builds upon the increased studies and research of the past ten years.

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General Notes:Includes filmographies.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xv, 343 pages).
System Details:Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-326) and index.
ISBN:0313032173 (electronic bk.)
9780313032172 (electronic bk.)
Restrictions:Restrictions unspecified
Author Notes:

DONALD W. MCCAFFREY is Professor Emeritus of the University of North Dakota. He has written numerous articles about the silent and sound cinema. His first major work was 4 Great Comedians: Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, Langdon (1968), his most recent book length publication is Assault on Society: Satirical Literature to Film (1992).

CHRISTOPHER P. JACOBS is a part-time film lecturer at the University of North Dakota and the Movies Editor for the High Plains Reader , a weekly regional entertainment newspaper. In the fall of 1998, he was Script Supervisor for the independent feature film, Dead Dogs .


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