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Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker Paperback – December 24, 2014
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About the Author
STEVE MASSA is the author of "Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy", and has organized comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. In addition to consulting with the EYE Filmmuseum, Netherlands and other archives, and writing for journals such as Griffithiana, he is a founding member of Silent Cinema Presentations which produces NYC's Silent Clowns Film Series. Steve has also contributed articles and commentary tracks to many DVD collections such as "The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle", "Harry Langdon: Lost and Found", and Kino Lorber's "Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection", and Undercrank Productions’ "The Mishaps of Musty Suffer".
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performer/historian Massa "examines the life and career of perhaps the best silent film comedian whom no one's ever heard of."
This handsomely produced book- which includes a filmography and over 50 photos- is a must buy for fans and scholars of silent film,
and for those seeking to learn more about one of comedy's great mystery men.
Until now, that is. Fast forward to the 21st century: Mr. Massa (working with his colleague, silent film accompanist Ben Model) has in recent years arranged a number of screenings of Marcel Perez comedies at the Museum of Modern Art and elsewhere, while the Perez chapter in `Lame Brains' sparked new interest. This slim but informative book is an expanded and updated version of that chapter, which incorporates information unavailable just two years ago. Its publication coincides with the release of a new DVD of Perez comedies (a Model & Massa collaboration), but this is more than a booklet of liner notes. Here you will find a Perez biography, a filmography (which the author warns is incomplete, pending further research discoveries), and a wealth of fascinating photos, reproductions of lobby cards, and vintage ads. The pictures derive from both the European and American phases of Perez's career, and are a treasure trove for buffs. Silent comedy fans owe a debt to Mr. Massa for releasing Marcel Perez from the limbo of obscurity. Once you see the films, you'll want to read the book; and once you read the book, you'll want to see the films.