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. Neat, huh?
The Silent Film Still Archive – a very useful site, with lots of unique still photographs, a studio by studio code list for vintage stills, and more
Unsung Divas Of the Silent Screen – lots of lovely photos and bios of some of the popular female stars of the silent era
The Silent Film Bookshelf – one of my personal favorites, lots of vintage articles reproduced for you to read and enjoy
D.W. Griffith – biographical information on film pioneer and director D.W. Griffith
Edison’s Motion Pictures – from the Library of Congress’ American Memory project, info on Thomas Edison as film pioneer, includes video clips
Cecil B. DeMille Biography – biography of one of the most creative film directors of the silent era
Gilda’s Blue Book of the Screen – articles, song files, and links to star pages and other useful information
Intertitle-O-Rama – a list of funny title cards from the silents; sure to have you laughing like a hyena within five seconds
The Silent Western – educational essays and photographs
Early Cinema – an introduction to the first films and their creators, a timeline of inventions, essays, other resources
The Biograph Camera – from the site of the Society of Camera Operators, description of the camera used by Billy Bitzer, D.W. Griffith’s cameraman
Hollywood Studio Tour – lots of recent photographs of what remains from original Hollywood studios from the silent days
America 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!
Karl 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!
Buster Keaton – the International Damfino Society has a superb website devoted to the genius of silent film comedian Buster Keaton
Mary Pickford – Our Best Girl, America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford is profiled here; special emphasis is given to her delightful film “My Best Girl”
Mabel Normand – much loved early silent film comedian Mabel Normand is featured here, with biography and lots of pictures
Raymond Griffith – a bio and pictures on the Silent Film Still Archive for silent film comedian Raymond Griffith
Norma Talmadge – a well done website about one of the best, but often neglected, silent screen actresses of the teens and twenties, Norma Talmadge
The 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.
Louise Brooks Society – learn about one of the premiere silent film ‘sirens’ of the 1920’s, Louise Brooks
Charley 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!