By Jeanine Basinger
Here is Valentino, "the Sheik," who used to be hardly ever the effeminate living room lizard he is been branded as; Mary Pickford, who could not were farther from the lovable little creature with golden ringlets that was once her movie personality; Marion Davies, unfairly pilloried in Citizen Kane; the unique "Phantom" and "Hunchback," Lon Chaney; the attractive Talmadge sisters, Norma and Constance. listed here are the good divas, Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; the nice flappers, Colleen Moore and Clara Bow; the good cowboys, William S. Hart and Tom combine; and the nice lover, John Gilbert. right here, too, is the imperative slapstick comedienne, Mabel Normand, along with her Keystone Kops; the vital all-American hero, Douglas Fairbanks; and, in fact, the indispensable all-American puppy, Rin-Tin-Tin.
This is the 1st booklet to anatomize the key silent gamers, reconstruct their careers, and provides us a feeling of what these motion pictures, these stars, and that Hollywood have been all approximately. a fully crucial textual content for someone heavily drawn to video clips, and, with greater than 300 images, as a lot a deal with to examine because it is to read.
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