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Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry star in the original 1925 silent horror classic The Phantom of the Opera as part of the Silent Film Society's annual Fright Night event on Monday, October 29, 2007 beginning at 8:00 p.m.
The Silent Film Society of Chicago in collaboration with the 19th Polish Film Festival in North America proudly present Pola Negri: A Retrospective November 13-15, 2007 at the historic Portage Theater in Chicago.
With 80 percent of all silent film prints gone forever, the Society's goal is to heighten public awareness to expedite film preservation.
www.silentfilmchicago.com   (341 words)

  Silent film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Since silent films had no synchronized sound for dialogue, onscreen intertitles were used to narrate story points, present key dialogue and sometimes even comment on the action for the cinema audience.
Overacting in silent films was sometimes a habit actors transferred from their stage experience and directors who understood the intimacy of the new medium discouraged it.
Film speed is often a vexed issue among scholars and film buffs in the presentation of silents today, especially when it comes to DVD releases of "restored" films; the 2002 restoration of Metropolis (Germany, 1927) may be the most fiercely debated example.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Silent_film   (1797 words)

 Silent film Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A silent film is a film which consists of only the picture, that is, it has no sound.
The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as the motion picture itself, but before the 1920s, most films were silent.
The art of motion pictures grew into full maturity before the silents were replaced by "talking pictures", and a number of film buffs believe the quality of the cinema actually decreased for a few years, before the new medium of sound was adapted to the movies.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/s/si/silent_film.html   (522 words)

 Greatest Silent Films
Silent Films are the films of the early era that were without synchronized sound, from the earliest film (around 1891), until 1927, when the first 'talkie', The Jazz Singer (1927) was produced, although there were a few other 'silents' later on, such as
Most early silents were accompanied with a full-fledged orchestra, organist or pianist to provide musical background and to underscore the narrative on the screen.
The most-remembered films from the silent years are the visual comedies from the Mack Sennett Keystone Kops series, starring Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand, and slapstick from the 'silent clowns.' Tragi-comic superstar Charlie Chaplin is most noted for The Kid (1921), his classics including
www.filmsite.org /silentfilms.html   (420 words)

 Category:Silent film actors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The following is a list of actors and actresses who first became popularly known to the public in the silent film era of the 1910s and 1920s.
This list includes international performers who were well known throughout the world, and those who may have only achieved fame in their native countries.
Some silent film actors and actresses had careers that only spanned the silent film era.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Silent_film_actors   (135 words)

 Film History of the 1920s
Films really blossomed in the 1920s, expanding upon the foundations of film from earlier years.
Films varied from sexy melodramas and biblical epics by Cecil B. DeMille, to westerns (such as Cruze's The Covered Wagon (1923)), horror films, gangster/crime films, war films, the first feature documentary or non-fictional narrative film (Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North (1922)), romances, mysteries, and comedies (from the silent comic masters Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd).
Film theaters and studios were not initially affected in this decade by the Crash in late 1929.
www.filmsite.org /20sintro.html   (2406 words)

 Silent Orchestra Film Screenings
Going against the grain of the melodramatic French studio film of the 1920s, the avant-garde extravaganzas of Marcel L'Herbier (1888-1979) are celebrated today for their inventive camera movements, astounding set designs, and freewheeling editing styles.
Silent Orchestra was one of the featured acts for the opening session called "Wired for Percussion." Rich was in the spot light with his electric vibes, samplers and Kat MIDI controller.
The silent film screening was a new experience for most of the percussionistas in the audience.
www.silentorchestra.com /silent_film_screenings.html   (910 words)

 The Paramount and Moore Theatres | 2005/2006 Season   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Cecil B. DeMille's original silent version of the classic biblical tale is a two-part saga that moves from Old Testament times to the immorality of the Roaring Twenties.
The tale of Moses is told as a prologue: divinely inspired, Moses (Theodore Roberts) frees the Jewish slaves of Egypt from the bondage of the whip-wielding Pharaoh Rameses (Charles De Roches).
It was also the first film of the Colored Players Film Corporation of Philadelphia and is a rare surviving silent example of what the movie industry once labeled "race movies" - films with African American casts intended for African American audiences.
www.theparamount.com /season/films.asp   (1066 words)

 The Silent Film Bookshelf
The filming and projection standard for sound films is 24 frames per second (fps), but silent films would be filmed and shown at speeds ranging from 12-26 fps.
While the silent screen robbed audiences of her voice, she proved to be an instinctive actress with a commanding screen presence.
When silent films were first released, the music was as important to the experience as the film itself.
www.cinemaweb.com /silentfilm/bookshelf   (5040 words)

 Silent Film   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The 1928 silent classic Sadie Thompson, starring Gloria Swanson, is available exclusively from Kino International (the film) and Ballerbach (the music).
The lost art of performing live music with live film projection is one of the most challenging and thrilling musical experiences for conductors, players and audiences.
Sadie Thompson proved to be a landmark of the silent film era.
ballerbach.com /silent.html   (336 words)

 Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about silent film: Online resources
This is another great resource for general information on silent film; for silent film showings; and for tons of links to other silent film sites.
This is a monthly periodical devoted to classic film; most issues contain information on silent film personalities and silent film festivals.
He was the Pee Wee Herman of the silents, and for a time he rivaled Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd as one of the finest feature film comedians.
www.vex.net /~emily/film/amsfaq/online.html   (1383 words)

 Silent Film Classic Speaks Through Music   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Yamaha C7 conservatory grand piano at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY for the November screening of the 1925 MGM silent film classic, Ben Hur, “You could feel the electricity.
She has always been “passionate” about silent movies, watching them on TV ever since she was a child.
She brought a wonderful life to the film through her performance, and made it a truly remarkable experience for everyone who was privileged to be a part of it.”
www.yamaha.com /publications/accent/Accent202/17silentfilm.html   (331 words)

 Silent Running   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The final images are some of the most powerful seen in science fiction films, both sad and optimistic : the forest tended by the remaining robot, with a battered watering can, all alone.
This is a wonderful film, which never relies on effects to tell the story.
Below are thumbnail images which link to full-size scans of some fl and white publicity stills from the film, scans from the laserdisc cover, and various pressbook and other images.
shipofdreams.net /sfmovies/silent.htm   (733 words)

 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the story of young estate agent Jonathan Harker traveling to Transylvania where he acquaintances the eccentric count who feeds on blood and controls the ones he has bitten, but THIS is the original version.
And, even though this film is over 80 years old, Schreck's image is still as nightmarish as it can be.
The fact that this film is still very powerful therefore almost entirely depends on his unworldly character.
us.imdb.com /Title?0013442   (587 words)

 Silent Film
Silent film fans are fond of saying that silent films were never really silent.
In any case, silent film is an art form all its own, and there are numerous sites on the Web devoted to the movies, their directors, and their stars.
Even if you never saw a silent film shown the way it was supposed to be shown, at the correct speed and with the right music, you'll enjoy visiting these sites.
www.classicmovies.org /articles/aa010498.htm   (853 words)

 The Silent Westerns
Though motion pictures are a distinctly twentieth century phenomenon, the silent westerns represent "old myths in new packages"; one critic in 1919 even called them the "modern dime novels." Silent film perpetuates old myths of the West, but it is in many ways a unique medium.
Historically, it overlaps with the decline of the "Old West," so that it is at once an instrument for mythologizing and recording a dying frontier; indeed it often blurs the distinctions between history and myth in the personages of cowboys-turned-actors, outlaws-turned-directors, and western landscapes-turned-movie sets.
Also, the silent film was a vehicle well suited for the transmission of myths to American audiences, many of whom in the earliest days of silent film were recent immigrants.
xroads.virginia.edu /~HYPER/HNS/Westfilm/west.html   (329 words)

 BAM : Brooklyn Academy of Music
The story of a singing clown whose success causes him to lose his wife and spiral into despair is a triumph of silent film art.
One of the many “white slave trade” films popular in Denmark, (which dealt with young women being sold to brothels) the film is wonderfully exciting, especially the climactic fight on a rooftop.
The film explores the mindset of a man grappling with a mental crisis, offset by remote mountain photography and the stunning shipwreck sequence.
www.bam.org /film/series.aspx?id=37   (669 words)

 Silent Era : The silent film website
The set includes the restored film mastered in high-definition, including all of the footage edited from the film before its premiere in its original and intended sequencing, accompanied by a full-orchestra presentation in 5.1 surround sound of the original Edmund Meisel German premiere music score overseen by Eisenstein.
Also included is a presentation of the edited film as it originally premiered with optional English intertitles, a documentary on the making and restoration of the film, and a photo gallery.
Sunrise Silents has released their edition of The Lookout Girl (1928) starring Jacqueline Logan, also, digital editions of the October 1918 issue of Photoplay Magazine and the December 1921 issue of Screenland Magazine.
www.silentera.com /index.html   (1357 words)

 CULT FILM SITE: Silent Films
Based on the play by Eugene O'Neill (he said it was the only film adaptaion of his work that he actually liked), this picture tells the tragic tale of a young girl who turns to prostitution after being sent away by her father.
Symbolic anti-war film where the body of a submarine commander is entered by the spirit of Jesus Christ.
This rare silent exploitation picture (which saw limited release in the 1920's) deals with the scourge of prostitution.
sepnet.com /rcramer/silent.htm   (4916 words)

 Silent Film Screenings
On occasion a sound film by a filmmaker noted for his silent films may be listed as well.
There is an ongoing retrospective of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, both silent and sound, being held at MOMA.
There are no silent film screenings at MOMA in May, but they'll be showing a ton of Hitchcock -- everything from "Waltzes from Vienna" to "Vertigo." I thought of listing all the Hitchcock films here (even though they're all sound films), but there are just too many of them -- 64 screenings in May alone.
members.aol.com /Feuillade/TomMoran17.index.html   (411 words)

The AFI Catalog Silent Film database contains over 25,000 entries for silent American films from the years 1893-1930.
Entries for silent films produced after 1911 are for feature-length films only.
With funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, entries for more than 750 silent feature films also include information on availability and sources for VHS tapes (NTSC) and DVDs (Region 1).
www.afi.com /members/catalog/silentHome.aspx?s=1   (99 words)

 Silent But Deadly
SILENT BUT DEADLY, written, produced and directed by Northern New Jersey natives Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone, received an honorable mention in the Spirit of Fandom category and was the runner-up in the Audience Choice category in 2002’s inaugural competition.
The film was not only featured in the regular news section, but a still from the film was used on the front page of Starwars.com, which is very cool.
SILENT BUT DEADLY, the new short film by Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone has now been officially released and is available at ATOM FILMS.
www.fadproductions.com /sbd   (4056 words)

 Silent Film Music, by Ben Model
Ben Model is a silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY.
Ben composes all his own scores, and performs in a style that is both evocative of the silent era and also aware of a contemporary (and younger) audience's awareness of music and film scoring.
While playing for these classes, he sought out and learned silent film accompaniment technique from veteran accompanist Lee Erwin, who passed away in September 2000, at age 92; Lee was in high demand, touring and playing right up until he was 90.
users.rcn.com /manaben/music   (590 words)

 Amazon.com: A-Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion: Books: Glenn Mitchell   (Site not responding. Last check: )
He is a film journalist and a specialist in all forms of comedy, animation and music-hall.
When you are a silent film comedy enthusiast, a book like this one is a must.
The "A-Z of Silent Film Comedy" is a must-have for any serious film scholar and highly recommended even for the casual fan.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0713479396?v=glance   (921 words)

 Silent film at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
de:Stummfilmja:サイレント映画nl:stomme film A silent film is a movie which has no accompanying soundtrack.
The art of motion pictures grew into full maturity before silent films were replaced by "talking pictures", and a number of film buffs believe the quality of the cinema actually decreased for a few years, before the new medium of sound was adapted to the movies.
Literally thousands of silent films were made in the years leading through the inroduction of sound, but a considerable number of those films (some historians estimate between 80 and 90 percent) have been lost forever.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Silent_film.html   (701 words)

 Amazon.com: American Silent Film: Books: William K. Everson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Valentino Mystique: The Death and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol by Edoardo Ballerini
This book, written by the late film expert William K. Everson, is one of the best that you will read on silent film.
This books is an excellent introduction to silent film, yet a person familiar with the topic will not be able to put it down either.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0306808765?v=glance   (1110 words)

 Ben Model silent film music schedule 2005
This is the 4th year the Burns Film Center has rung in the new year with a silent film accompanied by Ben Model, and the show always sells out a day or two ahead of time, so be sure to buy tix online.
The film's NYC exteriors were shot on location, and include scenes of the Plaza Hotel, the Trocadero in Long Island, and a double-decker bus chase up 5th Avenue in the rain.
Silent film assembly presented in the evening at program for GandT teens, held on various college campuses (these shows are not open to the general public):
users.rcn.com /manaben/silentfilmmusic/sched2005.html   (3046 words)

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