Silent Film

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Silent Film

Silent Film

Famous Actors and ActressesBuster Keaton- On stage from the age of three, Joseph Frank Keaton was nicknamed Buster by Houdini, He was the youngest, most cinematically inventive and endearing of Hollywood’s three greatest silent comics (the others being Chaplin and Lloyd), and the only one to experience post-stardom obscurity, though, fortunately, his films were discovered and his reputation restored in the 1960s.Charlie Chaplin-Chaplin became a music hall star before finding overnight success in 1914 as an inventive director-star in Hollywood. His tramp persona – bowler hat, baggy trousers, outsize boots, moustache, funny walk – made him the most famous man who ever lived.Lillian Gish-The career of Lillian Gish (and that of her younger sister, Dorothy) was bound up with DW Griffith, under whose direction she worked from 1912 to 1921 in The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Way Down East and other classics, becoming arguably the greatest film actress of the time. Louise Brooks-A small town Kansas girl, Brooks came to Hollywood via Broadway chorus lines and was cast in flapper comedies before appearing in William Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) as a fugitive disguised as a boy and living among hobos. But her reputation rests on two silent German classics, GW Pabst’s subtle, mature Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl (both 1929), reflecting the corrupt Weimar republic.

History of Silent FilmsSilent films first appeared in America around 1895. They edited these films by using raw footage, selecting shots and combining them with other film. They filmed them with an old camera. Some different aspects of sound movies are that the actors have to express what they are saying through facial expressions or actions.

Movie ClassicsThe General-One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, this film finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny's fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton's boundless wit and dexterity.City Lights-A hapless but resilient tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) on the tough city streets. Upon learning that she and her grandmother are to be evicted from their home, the tramp undertakes a series of attempts to provide them with the money they need, all of which end in humiliating failure. But after a drunken millionaire (Harry Myers) lavishly rewards him for saving his life, the tramp can change the flower girl's life forever.

Buster Keaton

Charlie Chaplin

Louise Brooks

Lillian Gish


Impact on Theatre and FilmThe silent film industry laid the foundation for the film industry as we know it today. We have built off of the basic film making proccess that they used and have turned it into what we now know today.


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