16th September 1890. Louis Le Prince, patent papers in hand, waved farewell to his family and boarded a train to Paris. He was heading to America, via England, to demonstrate his brand-new invention. A revolutionary new camera! The first to capture moving pictures. Louis never… Read More »Louis Le Prince – The Life of The Father Of Cinematography
Silent film legend Theda Bara looks stunning as “Cleopatra” in 1917. The costumes she wears could rival those of Elizabeth Taylor. Her intense stare into the camera lens in the publicity is inciting. The stills alone sell the film so well. Unfortunately, we may never… Read More »What is a lost film?
Mary Pickford is the undeniable queen of the silent era. She was the most prominent female star of the silent era. Her fame earnt her the title of “America’s Sweetheart”. At her peak, the only actor who matched her fame and box office draw was… Read More »10 Things You Should Know About Mary Pickford
“Silent Film” is a term used to describe movies that have no recorded sound. Films were silent when they first came about in the early 1890s. Recorded sound existed at this point, but the technology could not serve a whole theatre. The Technology for recorded… Read More »What is Silent Film?
It’s surprising that a comedian known for his verbal dexterity and deadpan delivery says his heroes as silent film stars. But, Paul Merton’s love and passion for early cinema are legendary. He comes across as someone who’s both knowledgeable and passionate. Again, it feels strange… Read More »Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema
For many, Charlie Chaplin is one of the most iconic faces in Silent Cinema. His iconic costume and classic slapstick approach have made his legacy endure. Chaplin is a gateway into silent comedy. His stories are easy to follow, funny and engaging. If you’re looking… Read More »Charlie Chaplin for Beginners: 4 Films to Get You Started
In the early years of the 1900s, the film industry was picking up. Films were being churned out at an extremely high rate. They were cheaply made and lasted around a few minutes. Most were depicting real-life situations (“Actualities”) or single scene sketches. This early… Read More »Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902)
Jaunty piano music, stunning costumes, and a distinct lack of health and safety – Silent films has it all. There are thousands of silent movies out there, ready to be watched. But where do you start? What are the best silent movies for beginners? Silent… Read More »5 Silent Movies For Beginners
The crowd cheers. Roses are thrown. Bows are taken. That’s how Music Hall actors hope to end a night. Music Hall in the late 1800s was a hugely popular pastime for the working classes. Shows consisted of singers, circus acts, comedians, actors, and anything that can entertain. It was… Read More »Music Hall – Film’s meaner, older brother