by Richard Dyer MacCann (The Scarecrow Press, Inc,
1993, 132 pages)
Not the best book on the silent era, but a pretty good
collection of other people's writings that have already been published.
Includes a couple of excerpts from Lewis Jacobs' 1939 landmark
book on cinema history The Rise of the American Film
(Harcourt Brace) and the reprinted writings of some other interesting
folks such as Will H. Hays and James Wong Howe. Also includes
11 reviews of silent films by people such as Anthony Slide, Gilbert
Seldes and Molly Haskell. Whether you like this book or not depends
on whether you prefer reading excerpts of already published works
or would rather seek out the complete originals even if they are
out of print. What is offered here is good, but getting the original
stuff is better, if you can find it.
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