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Product details

  • Paperback: 577 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520030680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520030688
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book attempts to correct the distortions, for the silent era was the richest in the cinema's history. The author has tried to recapture the spirit of era through the words of those who created it. Linking chapters provide a context for the interviews has led to gaps, and I cannot claim that his book is definitive.

About the Author

Kevin Brownlow, who lives in London, is a historian of silent films, which he began collecting at the age of eleven. He has written about them in "The Parade's Gone By...; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Behind the Mask of Innocence; Hollywood: The Pioneers; "and "Napolean: Abel Gance's Classic Film", which recounted his acclaimed reconstruction of that famous masterpiece. As a filmmaker, he has made two features with Andrew Mollo--"It Happened Here" and "Winstanley"--and several television documentaries with David Gill, including the thirteen-part series "Hollywood", first shown in 1980, and more recently "Unknown Chaplin, Buster KEaton: A Hard Art to Follow, "and "Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius".


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Seriously, this book is head and shoulders above the rest of the books on film, it is very wordy and took me a whole week of non stop reading to finish it. Kevin Brownlow grew up loving silent film and he had the good sense to go to Hollywood and interview the great and the good on silent film, never have I come across an author who has had access to so many big names. But this isn't the only thing to recommend it, Brownlow takes the unwhieldy birth of film right through to the event of sound and makes it flow in a sensible chronological order, never stalling because one section is technical or boring. I wish all writers had this gift. After many years devoted to saving silent film and reading about it, Kevin Brownlow was honoured with a special Oscar last year. Heaven's only knows he deserves it.

Later he made a documentary called Hollywood with Thames TV, now out of production, if you ever get a chance to watch it this is the best documentary ever filmed too.
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This is an amazing book, but not, I warn for, for the uninitiated! Scores of pioneer filmmakers from the early days of American filmmaking are interviewed at length about their legacy, and the book abounds with fascinating details, anecdotes and credos, although I have to admit the book would benefit from a more thorough editing - not everything, to put it mildly, is equally interesting. Having said that, I enjoyed my first read which was only recently, and I find myself rereading chapters and using the index frequently. There is no other book to give you this first-hand insight.
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This is a fascinating, wonderful book written by the worlds expert on the silent film era. Using interviews from those who were a part of the history themselves, Kevin Brownlow has crafted a beautifully written, detailed account of what it was really like back when films were just starting.
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