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Although these two books appear to be similar, they are actually very different in both intention and execution. Slide, founder of the journal Silent Picture and the distinguished author of more than 30 books related to the performing arts, presents a frank and fond collection of interviews and memories of 100 silent film stars, some of whom he knew personally. The criteria for inclusion are highly subjective; those who made the cut (e.g., Lillian Gish, William Bakewell, and Mary Astor) represent the author's "personal choice of some of the best, brightest or most unusual of silent players." The result is a fascinating, entertaining, and occasionally poignant work that invites the reader into the fabulous world of art, industry, and experimentation that was Hollywood in the 1910s and 1920s. The nature of the selection process means that this volume is more useful as a complementary resource, or even as a work to be read for its own sake, than as a stand-alone reference. A formidable work complete with biographies, filmographies, and photos, Katchmer's Dictionary profiles more than 1000 actors and actresses who appeared in silent Westerns. Katchmer, a noted columnist for Classic Images magazine, allows his voice and opinions to come through in each entry, making this a lively and informative read. Katchmer died in 1997 just after completing the research and writing for this work, which his son, John, assembled in final form. As with Silent Players, Katchmer's Dictionary describes lives and careers full of incident and accident. Both books are highly recommended for public or academic libraries where there is a strong interest in silent film or early film history.
Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
One writer who possesses the special insight necessary to any intelligent discussion of the silent movie is Slide. -- Films in ReviewSee all Product Description
I have gotten quite a bit of flack for my glowing review of Anthony Slide's "Silent Players." Yes, I am a longtime personal friend of the author and, yes, I am mentioned in the... Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by Hans J. Wollstein
The book is both fascinating and infuriating. I have a few other of Mr. Slide's books, and they are full of useful information, just like this one. Read morePublished on March 24 2003 by Bruce Calvert
We have always been the first to say that silents is golden. And now there's proof. Anthony Slide's "Silent Players" is an biographical and autobiographical study of 100 silent... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by Alan W. Petrucelli
I wouldn't have thought a book of short biographies on silent actors could be so interesting. I hadn't heard of most of these people yet I found myself drawn to their stories of... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003 by Stephen Swain
Anthony Slide is somewhat infamous among movie buffs for his truly unctuous writing style, arrogantly putting forth his own opinions as fact and lambasting any opinions to the... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003
I got the book for Christmas and am about to start through it a second time. Next to Brownlow's "The Parade Passed By" this is the most fun you can have reading about silent... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Stephen Swain
As a longtime fan of silent movies, I am always on the lookout for books and articles on the subject. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Chip Kaufmann