Silent Stars (Paperback)

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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 frim 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, Collen 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.

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Publisher Univ Pr of New England
Mfg Part# 9780819564511
SKU 30632942
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0819564516
Release Date 11/1/2000
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 7L x 1.25T
Praise
"...Basinger's hard-won knowledge, charming persistence and critical acuity let her see things anew and, in the process, reflate most of her icons into more interesting characters than many of their heirs, the celebs who float airily through our postmodern world."
"Particularity enjoyable are accounts of such exotics as kohl-eyed Pola Negri whose white Rolls-Royce was upholstered in white velvet, and the lovable German shepherd Rin-Tin-Tin , who kept Warner Bros. solvent through the twenties and finally died in the arms of Jean Harlow."
"Basinger is smart and perceptive, and her survey is filled with startling astute flashes."
"Above all, the book will make you hunger to see movies that most of us will never see--unless PBS or Turner Movie Classics revives them. If so, I hope they hire Basinger as commentator. Reading her descriptions is the next best thing to watching them."
"SILENT STARS reads like a good survey class: it teaches you a little bit about many things, but not quite enough about anything....On the other hand, the writing is chatty and easy to follow, very much like the movie version of a great and complex novel."
From the Publisher
First Line THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK is to celebrate a group of silent film stars who are somehow forgotten, misunderstood, or underappreciated.
Annotation 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.
Editors Note 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0510
Publisher Wesleyan
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