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Silent Players A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses (Hardcover)

Author:  Anthony Slide
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 081312249X
ISBN-13: 9780813122496
Sku: 30862396
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 7.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  439
Age Range:  NA
 
From his unique perspective of having known many of the actors and actresses about whom he writes, silent film historian Anthony Slide creates vivid portraits of the careers and often eccentric lives of 100 players from the American silent film industry. He profiles the era's shining stars such as Lillian Gish and Blanche Sweet; leading men including William Bakewell and Robert Harron; gifted leading ladies such as Laura La Plante and Alice Terry; ingenues like Mary Astor and Mary Brian; and even Hollywood's most famous extra, Bess Flowers.

Although each original essay is accompanied by significant documentation and an extensive bibliography, Silent Players is not simply a reference book or encyclopedic recitation of facts culled from the pages of fan magazines and trade periodicals. It contains a series of insightful portraits of the characters who symbolize an original and pioneering era in motion history and explores their unique talents and extraordinary private lives.

Slide offers a potentially revisionist view of many of the stars he profiles, repudiating the status of some and restoring to fame others who have slipped from view. He personally interviewed many of his subjects and knew several of them intimately, putting him in a distinctive position to tell their true stories.

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Product attributePublisher:   University Press of Kentucky
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