by William K. Everson (De Capo Press, 1998 (orig. pub.
1978), 387 pages.)
Good, concise, sequential overview of the silent era
from its earliest days to the advent of the talkies. Chapters
on "The Beginnings," "The Art of the Sub-Title,"
"Genres," "European Influences," and more.
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