Golden Silents - Favorite Links
Love silent films and want to learn more
about them? Here are some favorite silent film links.
General Educational Web Sites-
websites designed and run by dedicated people who aren't selling you anything.
Silent Film Still Archive - a very useful site, with lots of unique
still photographs, a studio by studio code list for vintage stills, and
Divas Of the Silent Screen - lots of lovely photos and bios of some
of the popular female stars of the silent era
Silent Film Bookshelf - one of my personal favorites, lots of vintage
articles reproduced for you to read and enjoy
Griffith - biographical information on film pioneer and director D.W.
Motion Pictures - from the Library of Congress' American Memory project,
info on Thomas Edison as film pioneer, includes video clips
B. DeMille Biography - biography of one of the most creative film directors
of the silent era
Blue Book of the Screen - articles, song files, and links to star pages
and other useful information
- a list of funny title cards from the silents; sure to have you laughing
like a hyena within five seconds
Silent Western - educational essays and photographs
Cinema - an introduction to the first films and their creators, a timeline
of inventions, essays, other resources
Biograph Camera - from the site of the Society of Camera Operators,
description of the camera used by Billy Bitzer, D.W. Griffith's cameraman
Studio Tour - lots of recent photographs of what remains from original
Hollywood studios from the silent days
At Work, America At Leisure - from the LoC, a reading room and video
presentations of early films from 1894 to 1915
SILENT STAR WEBSITES
- if you have a nice website devoted to a silent star,
please email me for reciprocal links!
Dane - the wonderful character and comic silent actor Karl Dane needs
more exposure. My friend Laura is providing it, writing a book on his life
and hosting a wonderful website in his memory. If he could have only known
how much people loved him!
Keaton - the International Damfino Society has a superb website devoted
to the genius of silent film comedian Buster Keaton
Pickford - Our Best Girl, America's Sweetheart, Mary Pickford is profiled
here; special emphasis is given to her delightful film "My Best Girl"
Normand - much loved early silent film comedian Mabel Normand is featured
here, with biography and lots of pictures
Griffith - a bio and pictures on the Silent Film Still Archive for
silent film comedian Raymond Griffith
Talmadge - a well done website about one of the best, but often neglected,
silent screen actresses of the teens and twenties, Norma Talmadge
Laurel and Hardy Society - yes, Laurel and Hardy got their start in
silent films and were enormously popular in them. If all you've seen is
their sound films together you've missed 1001 laughs - or even 1002 laughs.
Here is your start to learn more and increase your life's laughter quotient.
Brooks Society - learn about one of the premiere silent film 'sirens'
of the 1920's, Louise Brooks
Chase - website devoted to a very very funny guy! one of my favorites
from the silent era, Charley Chase. They don't make 'em like Charley anymore!
~ more to come ~