Let me begin by saying that reading this book revealed as much to me about classic silent films as I would have learned directly from the men and women who made them. The biographical profiles are informative, and the movie discussions are thrilling. I found myself wishing I could see every film and every star while I read, glad that someone had finally put the spotlight on silent movies.
The book includes a three-hour DVD. Both book and DVD are great introductions to anyone who might be checking out silent movies for the first time. The authors researched this work with an eye to uncovering unique pieces of information, and their documentation of details remains an extraordinary example of accuracy, as well as managing to be entertaining, too, a combination that I find rare with nonfiction books.
This package delivers substance, pictures, and loving tributes to the great stars of a bygone era, and should be on every film fan's bookshelf.
Review posted by David W. Menefee, author of the new 2011 Sarah Bernhardt, Her Films, Her Recordings.