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Silent Film Necrology 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0786410590
ISBN-10: 0786410590
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The late Vazzana has left a fine legacy to film fans with this huge necrology of silent film performers, directors, executives, producers, cinematographers, stunt performers, publicists, composers, inventors, and others involved in the industry's early days. Over twice the size of the first edition (LJ 6/15/95), this work aims to be as comprehensive as possible, offering 18,500+ entries on the international silent film scene. Alphabetically arranged by professional name, the brief entries include birth and death dates, place of birth and death, real names (where applicable), age at death, and the bibliographic data of any autobiography or biography. When available, the cause of death is also provided, as is a reference to any obituary printed in the New York Times, Variety, or other significant publication. Unfortunately, there are no indexes or other supplements, so it's impossible to locate individuals easily by year of birth or death, method of death, etc., but other resources can provide that information. For such specialized lists, the user can cross-check Everett Jarvis's Final Curtain (Carol, 1998. 9th ed.), although it covers only a subset of what Vazzana covers. Although the typeface is on the small side, bolded names throughout make it easy to locate entries quickly, and cross references to stars' mates add to the overall utility. An excellent addition to the growing film necrology library, supplementing Paul Donnelly's Fade to Black (Omnibus, 2001), Billy Doyle's The Ultimate Directory of Film Technicians (LJ 6/15/99), Harris Lentz's Obituaries in the Performing Arts (McFarland, annual), Variety Obituaries: 1905-1990 (Garland, 1989), and the above-mentioned Final Curtain. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This volume provides birth and death dates and places, real and married names, age at death, cause of death (if available), and citations for obituaries and other biographical information for approximately 18,500 individuals associated with the silent film industry, more than doubling the number of entries in the previous edition. RBB
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 591 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company; 2 edition (July 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786410590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786410590
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By J. Rose on July 9, 2004
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I have learned a great deal from this book. It contains necrologies of silent film personalities that have not been in the limelite or even public thought for over eighty years, as well as ones who are still revered today. The book lists these actors, directors, cameramen, and anyone else you can even think of from the silent days in alphabetical order. Each entry comes complete with an accurate date of birth and death (if known), reason for dying (also, if known),marriages and publications in which the star had a story written about them. As I have said, the personalities listed range from huge stars of silent film and sound like, Joan Crawford, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, and John Barrymore, as well as stars who were extremely popular in silent films and are still well-known today, such as Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Clara Bow, and Fatty Arbuckle. It also includes true stars of the period who were unlucky with the coming of sound like, Norma and Constance Talmadge, Dorothy Gish, John Gilbert, Colleen Moore, Milton Sills, Billie Dove, and Corinne Griffith, and other stars like, Anna Q. Nilsson, Mabel Normand, Ramon Novarro, Arthur Johnson, Florence Lawrence, Pearl White, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, Richard Barthelmess, and Marguerite Clark. You will also find entries as obscure as Laura Sawyer, Dot Farley, Charles Gunn, Claire and Violet Mersereau, June Caprice, Eugene O'Brien, and Matt, Owen and Tom Moore. Other notables such as directors D.W. Griffith, Henry King and King Vidor, and cameraman G.W. "Billy" Bitzer add much luster to this gem. Geez, I could go on forever, but I believe you've got the picture! Just get the book and see for yourself! If you are a fan of silent film, you will not be disappointed!
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