- Paperback: 577 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; F Second Printing Used edition (June 23, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520030680
- ISBN-13: 978-0520030688
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,730 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.
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Enter Mr Brownlow and his imposing awareness of all things cinematic before films talked. Most wonderfully, he realized the need to document something about silent film *before* all its participants had passed away, which makes this book not just essential but irreplaceable. Some people will say things like "If you read only one book about silent film, this is it" -- and they're right. Brownlow makes the convincing [and necessary!] argument that silent cinema is not modern film's poor cousin, nor even an embarrassing progenitor, but a peak art form in its own right. Many enthusiasts of film's first few decades will even argue that silent is the superior form of the art, and this viewer occasionally finds himself agreeing with them. This book goes a long way toward explaining why.
As an aside, Brownlow is featured in a fascinating new book A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies all about the underground world of film collectors & how their passion for film led to so many classics being saved.
One of the best qualities about this book, full of anecdotes and interesting people, is its lack of criticism, which (with one exception) leaves the reader the freedom of creating his/her own opinion. It is written with interest and respect, and in a time (the sixties) when it was much necessary that someone cared to preserve these memories, because many of those people were still alive to ask and look back to a past we can now only read about.
A highly rewarding reading.