||In this tribute to actors of the silent silver screen, film scholar Jeanine Basinger profiles Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valintino, Mabel Normand, Keystone Kops, and several other almost-forgotten stars. Her biographical material is accompanied by insightful commentary and provocative black and white film stills. She also discusses the ways in which these actors were typecast as specific stereotypes such as The Latin Lover Extraordinarie, The All-American Hero, The Vamp, and The Unhappy Wife.
||Film scholar Jeanine Basinger offers a revelatory, perceptive, and highly readable look at the greatest silent film stars -- not those few who are fully appreciated and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, but those who have been misrepresented, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten.Included are Valentino, "the Sheik," who was hardly the effeminate lounge lizard he's been branded; Mary Pickford, who couldn't have been further from the adorable little creature with golden ringlets that was her film persona; Marion Davies, unfairly pilloried in Citizen Kane; the original "Phantom" and "Hunchback," Lon Chaney; the beautiful Talmadge sisters, Norma and Constance. Here are the great divas, Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; the great flappers, Colleen Moore and Clara Bow; the great cowboys, William S. Hart and Tom Mix; and the great lover, John Gilbert. Basinger also includes the quintessential slapstick comedienne, Mabel Normand, with her Keystone Kops; the quintessential all-American hero, Douglas Fairbanks; and, of course, the quintessential all-American dog, Rin-Tin-Tin.