- Hardcover: 497 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc (31 Dec. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679438408
- ISBN-13: 978-0679438403
- Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.4 x 3.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Silent Stars Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998
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"No tell-all, this book recreates the excitement the actors provoked while illustrating the nature of their appeal . . . Learned and wholehearted, the book is classic Basinger fare: effortless history that . . . establishes its necessity . . . [an] excellent tribute to the silent film era."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Basinger delights in bringing out another side to the actors, for instance Gloria Swanson, who had a magnificent and regal public image, was also a highly-skilled comedian, and could do physical slapstick comedy on a par with Chaplin (who she of course impersonated brilliantly in "Sunset Boulevard"). Marion Davies has had a rough press in showbiz history, (largely "thanks" to Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane") dismissed as Randolph Hearst's pampered mistress. In fact she was a brilliant comic actress who could, arguably, have gone a lot further WITHOUT Mr Hearst's support. Hearst often objected to what Marion was expected to do in films, wanting to keep her as a pretty, serene woman. For instance, he vociferously refused to let her be hit with a custard pie in "Show People".Read more ›
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absolutely brilliant, informative and enjoyable for a silent film fan like myselfPublished 16 months ago by john ryan
a very interesting book. some stars I had heard of and feature in many books. but it was the others like Marion Dave's that I found the most interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
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