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American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 Paperback – Jun 15 2012
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John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. Henry Nicolella lives in Syracuse, New York. Software developer Steve Joyce lives in Marietta, Georgia.
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People who are interested in film history, silent cinema, or fantastic film will find this book to be a valuable resource.
For every The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and London After Midnight (1927), there are dozens of obscure and forgotten films (some justifiably so) that dabble in supernatural threats, evil mesmerists and mad scientists.
This is a two-volume encyclopedia of the genres interpreted by a past era. Many of the movies are lost, but the authors were able to build solid synopses and assessments of these lost films from contemporary sources, and the reader will be hard pressed to tell them from extant films without notes from the authors.
I wish the authors had started earlier than 1913 and included shorter films. Such a suggestion, based on the authors' notes, would put all five of the contributors on suicide watch. I understand their reasoning but still...
My only complaint per se about the book is the excessive amount of flippant remarks that I assume are supposed to be clever, but merely detract from the in-depth scholarly appeal of the text. That aside, this is a vital addition to the collection of any early film historian or enthusiast.