Category Archives: silent films

See the 1920s Come to Life in Gorgeous Color Videos

    When most people imagine the past, many think of it as colorless. And why not? Most photographs and film from those times is in black and white, especially films. But what if it didn’t have to be? Color has been a … Continue reading

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Meet American Cinema’s First Gangster: The Snapper Kid

He walks into the frame at the 1:45 minute mark, and by 1:56 he’s getting slapped across the face by Lillian Gish for trying to steal a kiss. Pugnacious, quick, and tough, yet also charming, the Snapper Kid is film’s … Continue reading

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“Do not squint”: How to Act in Silent Films, Circa 1910

“The sooner the stage people who have come into pictures get out, the better for the pictures.” —Marshall Neilan ~*~ As anyone who’s ever watched one knows, silent films contain a very distinctive kind of acting.  This is because they … Continue reading

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