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Silent Films

The men and women who labored in the ghostly light of the great screen to make the music that accompanied silent movies were as much a part of the show as Lillian Gish or Douglas Fairbanks

If I ever kill anyone,” D. W. Griffith once exclaimed, “it won’t be an actor but a musician.” He had been arguing with Joseph Carl Breil, his collaborator on the score for The Birth of a Nation. Read more >>

GOOD READING

The Shattered Silents: How the Talkies Came to Stay by Alexander Walker William Morrow and Co., Inc. 65 photographs, 218 pages, $10.95 Read more >>
The last of the major silent films, made shortly before sound engulfed the movie industry in 1928, may not have been golden, but they glittered brightly. Read more >>

Superstar of the Silents

In early Hollywood there lived a King. He was married to a Queen. Her name was Mary, and she was a Golden Girl. He was dashing and marvellously graceful and young—above all young. Youth was very American, and besides, it was essential to the King Read more >>

For almost two decades at the turn of the century illustrated songs charmed nickelodeon audiences.