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Exploring films from the first silent movies through to present day classic cinema

Louis Le Prince – The Life of The Father Of Cinematography

Louis Le Prince is widely considered to be the Father of Cinematography. He was a talented inventor with a vast knowledge of photography for the time. He held 5 patents for camera and projectors. He also recorded moving the image a year before Thomas Edison did. Until recently, he was a forgotten legend in film’s…
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10 things you should know about Mary Pickford

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 Charlie Chaplin. Her talent as an actress and instinct for…
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What is Silent Film?

“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 sound took 40 years to perfect. The first “Talkie”, the…
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Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema

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 when compared to his persona on Have I Got News…
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Charlie Chaplin for Beginners: 4 Films to Get You Started

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 to get into silent movies or just want to get…
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Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902)

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 filmmaking fascinated Georges Méliès since he’d been in the audience…
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5 Silent Movies For Beginners

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 Movies can be difficult to get into. There is an…
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The Lumiere Brothers

One cold wintery Saturday in 1895, a group of people queued up at The Grand Cafe in Paris. They paid one franc to descend into the basement. There, was a collection of seats in a row and a large sheet. A Projector stood in front of the sheet. The Lumiere brothers hovered, nervously. These people…
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