Parades Gone By Paperback
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From the Back Cover
This book attempts to correct the distortions, for the silent era was the richest in the cinema's history. The author has tried to recapture the spirit of era through the words of those who created it. Linking chapters provide a context for the interviews has led to gaps, and I cannot claim that his book is definitive. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Kevin Brownlow, who lives in London, is a historian of silent films, which he began collecting at the age of eleven. He has written about them in "The Parade's Gone By...; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Behind the Mask of Innocence; Hollywood: The Pioneers; "and "Napolean: Abel Gance's Classic Film", which recounted his acclaimed reconstruction of that famous masterpiece. As a filmmaker, he has made two features with Andrew Mollo--"It Happened Here" and "Winstanley"--and several television documentaries with David Gill, including the thirteen-part series "Hollywood", first shown in 1980, and more recently "Unknown Chaplin, Buster KEaton: A Hard Art to Follow, "and "Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Each chapter of the book deals with either a famous actor/director of the era or covers an aspect of fliming.
Brownlow has outstanding chapters on such luminaries as D.W.
Griffith, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Abel Gance, Irving Thalberg, Gloria Swanson. C.B. DeMille Mary Pickford/Doug Fairbanks as well as several others.
His chapter on the making of Ben-Hur is a classic account of the making of this great film. Brownlow deals in other chapters with the lives of stunt-mens, silent comedy, the importance of the art director/production personnel as well as letting us see how the medium has grown technically over the decades.
If you read one book on the silent film era this should be the one to do it for you. A college course on film should include this outstanding work.
Kevin Brownlow loves movies and has done a superb job in this
page turning tour of silent movieland. As Charlie Chaplin walks through our memories as the little Tramp so too will this fine
book shine in our memories as we thank Brownlow for a beautiful trip through the splendors of early moviemaking.
rest of our lives: this is one of mine. Brownlow's elegiac oral
history of the days of silent film was done at the perfect time,
when the battles were over but while there were still enough living
survivors to tell the tale. Brownlow captures the weird collision
of calculation and exuberance that defined early Hollywood. One
history of recent events in Hollywood paints a typical picture
of life in the executive suite as being "a bunch of tiny men in
designer jeans giving each other high fives." T'was not always
Brownlow (as usual) researches well, provides great narrative, and treats his subject with the respect it deserves. Anyone who has seen his documentary collaborations with David Gill, or his restorations of great classics will be familiar with his thoroughness.
This book is very easy to read, but insightful, helpful...makes you wish there were still silents, particularly in the wake of movies overdone with Dolby Surround.
Most recent customer reviews
If I ever catch the guy who stole my copy of this book he will be in serious need of a bookectomy. A marvelous study of an artistic expression that grew out of the nickleodeons. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by Stephen Swain
I met the author of this book a few years ago, and he is a remarkable treasure trove of information. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2002
Kevin Brownlow's book on the silent pictures is outstanding. Written in the late 1960's, in contains many first hand interviews. Read morePublished on July 20 2002 by Brother Frank
This will be the book you want to start with I you are beginning to get interested in silent movies. Beautiful stills and interviews with the pioneers. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2001
Kevin Brownlow has written THE definitive and loving tome on silent films. An informative, well-researched, and entertaining book, this is an essential must for every afficiando of... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2000 by david gersztyn
Hey silent movie fans!! This book is for *you*! Kevin Brownlow takes us back to the golden age of filmmaking in "The Parade's Gone By. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 1998 by email@example.com
I have read several of Kevin Brownlow's books on film, and Parade is one of the best. His interviews with silent film stars and technicians give life to the era, and remind the... Read morePublished on June 3 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org