Sunday, May 14, 2006

American silent film

The other day, I finished reading William Everson's American Silent Film. It's an excellent book - and one of the few I know of which surveys silent film in the United States. The book was originally published in 1978, and is still in print. I would recommend it. A few chapters I found quite nearly thrilling. Everson mentions Louise Brooks a few times, and speaks highly of Love Em and Leave Em and Beggars of Life. My next book is James Card's Seductive Cinema. I read parts of it in the past, but have never say down and read the whole thing. And, so far so good. I am about 40 pages in. Card has referenced Brooks a few times already - and it's very opinionated.

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