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100 Silent Films (Screen Guides) Hardcover – 21 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute; 1 edition (21 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844573095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844573097
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,769,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is no bluffer's guide. The enjoyment of silent cinema is Dixon's priority. As Dixon says when discussing Hell's Hinges (1916):"Nearly everything in current cinema can be traced back to the silent era." And that's why this guide is so valuable - anyone interested in how cinema became what it is today will find many of the answers here, both in Bryony Dixon's illuminating book and the films you will rush to watch the minute you put it down.' - Silent London

'David Thomson is arguably the doyen of "film list" authors and Dixon shares both his rare ability to justify a choice with a single cinematic trump card and his lucid prose style - her description of Dziga Vertov's radical montage as "visual Esperanto" is inspired. She captures some of silent cinema's most sublime moments - Charlie Chaplin mournfully eating his shoelaces in The Gold Rush (1925) or the woodland chase in People on Sunday (1930) - with an infectious joy.' - Lucian Robinson, The Times Literary Supplement

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A dedicated introduction to Silent Films featuring a range of classic titles, in addition to some more unexpected choices, that reveals the characteristics and development of the silent film

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Ignore the other reviewer's marking this down on the basis of size... it's the content that counts and few know as much about silent film as Bryony Dixon! A superb book and essential for all those seriously interested in this era of film.
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100 silents - from the blooming obvious to the 'where the heck can I get to see that.
Not for the beginner.. and not for the expert either.. Once yu have learnt to appreciate (or not) Potemkin etc, this should introduce you to some others... BUT

The size is not that easy to use.. small but thick makes holding it to read not comfortable or tempting to browse through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, vibrant introduction 15 Nov. 2011
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This is easily the best of the BFI film guides I have read. The author, Bryony Dixon, writes in a bright, enthusiastic style that welcomes the viewer into the world of silent film. She makes the point that silent film, instead of being "broken" or "incomplete," is instead more akin to opera or television than the conventional feature film of the talkie era.

While she covers the familiar landmarks of the silent era, such as "The Gold Rush," "Battleship Potemkin," and "Metropolis" among others (making fresh points on each), she also covers many non-feature films of the silent era, such as serials, short comedies, newsreels. As she notes, with youtube, many of these rare films (such as a film showing the trenches in France just after WWI as filmed from a blimp) are more available now than they have been for decades.

Even if you consider yourself fairly well-informed on the silent cinema, you will learn something new in "100 Silent Films." It is strongly recommended for anyone interested in movies.
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