Reviews and Blog Posts: Silent Films

Hooray for Hollywood

Hollywood postcard

The 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday but the Oscars weren't the first awards given out in Hollywood. In 1920 nine years before the first Academy Awards the movie magazine Photoplay created what is considered the first significant movie award - the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor. The award was chosen by the readers of the magazine and awarded to the producer of the film.

The Great Stone Face

Cover image from Buster:  A Legend in Laughter by Larry Edwards

Fans of The Artist may enjoy the antics of comedic film star Buster Keaton.

Raised performing vaudeville with his parents, Keaton's big break came in 1917 when he appeared in "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. By the 1920s, Keaton had his own studio. Inspired by Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, Keaton wrote and starred in The General - often considered the best film of its era.

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