The Parade's Gone by, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The magic of the silent screen, illuminated by the recollections of those who created it.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 577 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9780520030688



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This book is for hardcore silent film fans. Which I am. It's very well-written and very extensive. Even though I've read a lot about the silent era, I hadn't heard of many of the people mentioned in this book. There are chapters on the stars (Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd to name a few), the directors (D W Griffith, Josef Von Sternberg, etc.), and even the technicians and cameramen. There is a lot of information about camera technique, lighting, and stunts. It was fascinating to read about how filmmakers of this time pulled off some of the most amazing shots and created special effects before CGI made creative filmmaking obsolete.

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