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Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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"The definitive visual history of silent film." ―New York Daily News
"A handsomely designed and illustrated pictorial history of the voiceless cinema." ―Los Angeles Times
"A ravishing, oversize, million-pound study of the silent movie era, not just its films, but its promotion, its culture and the way these movies changed how we think about the world." ―Washington Post Express
"Kobel has lovingly detailed this world-from the zany publicity campaigns to the lavish scripts to the decadent star lifestyles. SILENT MOVIES is an essential addition to any film or design lover's library." ―Encore magazine
Spectacular. ―The New York Times
This isn't a coffee table book, though any coffee table would be lucky to be graced by it. The excellent text manages the trick of being exhaustive without being exhausting, while the photos--and stills, and posters, and lobby cards--are enchanting. ―Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Online
Top Customer Reviews
It is well-written and comprehensive, but not very detailed in the text. For example, the short bio's on the actors are somewhat trite, and only informative as a quick reference. But clearly, this volume was intended as an "illustrated history", and the prints and photos are not only beautiful, but an integral part of the book. Although the illustrations come through clear and crisp on an Ipad, I think the full-size hard-cover version would be a much better choice. A nice overview of the "Birth of Film".
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A Christmas hit with my wife. She loves the silent movie era. Book was like new and packaged with the utmost care and protection.Published 4 months ago by mike carter
This was purchased as a gift for a silent movie fan who is quite knowledgeable about the subject. He was very pleased
with the book and gives it a high rating.
What a great book for a silent film buff!! Was given as a gift to my son who had checked it out many times from public library. Now he has his own copy and could not be happier. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Joyce M Davis
Let me begin by saying that reading this book revealed as much to me about classic films as I would have learned from the men and women who made them. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by David W. Menefee
This is a wonderful book, but most every page has a typographical error! It is frustrating to have spent this much money for so many typos.Published on May 3, 2011 by Alison W
A scrumptious look at a remarkable period of film history.
A large format coffee table book with remarkable photographs in both color and black and white. Read more
I gave this book to my boyfriend who loves and knows a lot about silent movies, and he loved it!Published on January 5, 2011 by CB
As an undergraduate I studied Film History as part of my Art History curriculum. My love of film hasn't waned, particularly of the silents. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by M. Shine