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2021 The Parade's Gone By... A Vivid, Nostalgic, Immediate new arrival Portrait new arrival of an Art in the Making sale

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They speak in this book -- the pioneering directors (Henry King, Clarence Brown, William Wellman), the stars and producer-stars (Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Geraldine Farrar, Gloria Swanson), the cameramen, the film editors, the creative giants of the silent screen who, flying by the seat of their pants, improvised their films on location, evolved -- indeed invented -- the techniques and concepts that we take for granted today. With frames and photographs you''ve never seen before, with pungently alive firsthand recollections, The Parade''s Gone By... re-creates the earliest days of the movies, how the first moving pictures were actually shot, how the first film makers responded to the new medium untrammeled by rules and conventions -- and turned a crude, fumbling gimmick into art.

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FordAnglia
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An Essential Book for Film Lovers & Filmmakers -- one of Kevin Brownlow''s Best!
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2017
Because so many films of the silent era have been lost or are damaged or projected at the wrong speed (24fps instead of 16fps) the general public''s notion of them is a bit skewed. Kevin Brownlow''s love of film, and especially the Silent Films, brought forth this invaluable... See more
Because so many films of the silent era have been lost or are damaged or projected at the wrong speed (24fps instead of 16fps) the general public''s notion of them is a bit skewed. Kevin Brownlow''s love of film, and especially the Silent Films, brought forth this invaluable book published in the 1960s. He was able to interview many of the pioneers of the film industry while they were still alive--at a time when so many had already been forgotten by both the public & their own industry. Digital restoration of early silent films has now shown us how well-made & beautifully photographed many of them were. It''s a shame this book is out of-print, but film lovers & future filmmakers alike will find it enthralling & educational.

As an aside, Brownlow is featured in a fascinating new book A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies all about the underground world of film collectors & how their passion for film led to so many classics being saved.
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F. J. PRISCO
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If you''re reading this ....
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2013
The problem for the modern viewer is that sound''s popularity killed its silent cousin -- not intentionally, of course, any more than VHS killed Betamax; it''s just how things worked out. Business being business, the studios themselves then set about destroying many of those... See more
The problem for the modern viewer is that sound''s popularity killed its silent cousin -- not intentionally, of course, any more than VHS killed Betamax; it''s just how things worked out. Business being business, the studios themselves then set about destroying many of those uselessly silent films; if they didn''t, the film itself tended to ignite & burn down buildings. To appreciate silent film today takes a willful viewer: part art lover, part archeologist, he and she must not just seek out these seemingly strange films, but educate themselves on how to watch them as well. Not surprisingly, it''s not a task chosen by those who simply want to pass an afternoon away from their daily cares.

Enter Mr Brownlow and his imposing awareness of all things cinematic before films talked. Most wonderfully, he realized the need to document something about silent film *before* all its participants had passed away, which makes this book not just essential but irreplaceable. Some people will say things like "If you read only one book about silent film, this is it" -- and they''re right. Brownlow makes the convincing [and necessary!] argument that silent cinema is not modern film''s poor cousin, nor even an embarrassing progenitor, but a peak art form in its own right. Many enthusiasts of film''s first few decades will even argue that silent is the superior form of the art, and this viewer occasionally finds himself agreeing with them. This book goes a long way toward explaining why.
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Carol P Kusama
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A must for classic film fans
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2019
I''m still reading this massive book but the interviews in it by Kevin Brownlow that he got when so many significant people from the beginnings of motion pictures in America were still with us is priceless. You really get to feel how life was in movie making in the early... See more
I''m still reading this massive book but the interviews in it by Kevin Brownlow that he got when so many significant people from the beginnings of motion pictures in America were still with us is priceless. You really get to feel how life was in movie making in the early silent era! From directors to cameramen to actors, they tell you in their own words how life was then and how making movies was all those years ago. Many more films I sure hope to see are mentioned!
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BSK
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One of the best books on silent movies.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2013
This book is on silent pictures, centered on interviewing people who were there when cinema started to raise and Hollywood was created, which makes it incredibly interesting. Some chapters are on people who had already died but had an undenied influence on the developing of... See more
This book is on silent pictures, centered on interviewing people who were there when cinema started to raise and Hollywood was created, which makes it incredibly interesting. Some chapters are on people who had already died but had an undenied influence on the developing of moving images to progressively elaborated silent pictures, as D,W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille or Douglas Fairbanks. Forgotten names are also given credit, as Edward Slomon or William deMille, most of whose pictures are lost. Directors, actors and technicians are reunited. Henry King, Allan Dwan or William Wellman, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, and lesser known people in the editing, title, scenario setting or lighting processes are all there.
One of the best qualities about this book, full of anecdotes and interesting people, is its lack of criticism, which (with one exception) leaves the reader the freedom of creating his/her own opinion. It is written with interest and respect, and in a time (the sixties) when it was much necessary that someone cared to preserve these memories, because many of those people were still alive to ask and look back to a past we can now only read about.
A highly rewarding reading.
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Scott Charles
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One of the very best
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2016
This is one of the very best books ever written about the silent era. If you are interested in these films or the people that made them, you really cannot do any better than this incredible tome. It''s also a real page-turner, I''ve read this book three times - as Oscar Wilde... See more
This is one of the very best books ever written about the silent era. If you are interested in these films or the people that made them, you really cannot do any better than this incredible tome. It''s also a real page-turner, I''ve read this book three times - as Oscar Wilde said, “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” This is one of those books worth reading again and again.
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C. M Mills
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Silent Flim Buffs: Don''t let this Parade Pass You By!
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2004
Kevin Brownlow''s great book on the silent film world is over thirty years old but holds up well. Browlow is a British writer who was able to interview many of the silent film people while he gained first hand knowledge on their contributions to a lost world. Each... See more
Kevin Brownlow''s great book on the silent film world is over thirty years old but holds up well. Browlow is a British writer who was able to interview many of the silent film people while he gained first hand knowledge on their contributions to a lost world.
Each chapter of the book deals with either a famous actor/director of the era or covers an aspect of fliming.
Brownlow has outstanding chapters on such luminaries as D.W.
Griffith, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Abel Gance, Irving Thalberg, Gloria Swanson. C.B. DeMille Mary Pickford/Doug Fairbanks as well as several others.
His chapter on the making of Ben-Hur is a classic account of the making of this great film. Brownlow deals in other chapters with the lives of stunt-mens, silent comedy, the importance of the art director/production personnel as well as letting us see how the medium has grown technically over the decades.
If you read one book on the silent film era this should be the one to do it for you. A college course on film should include this outstanding work.
Kevin Brownlow loves movies and has done a superb job in this
page turning tour of silent movieland. As Charlie Chaplin walks through our memories as the little Tramp so too will this fine
book shine in our memories as we thank Brownlow for a beautiful trip through the splendors of early moviemaking.
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Celestial Badger
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First hand accounts of what it was like to work at the beginning of the film industry
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Great book about how silent movies were actually made. It''s pretty amazing how slapdash they were - just hiring random people off the street to make movies. One interview is with a woman who got hired to write scripts at the age of *12* - and it''s interesting how many women... See more
Great book about how silent movies were actually made. It''s pretty amazing how slapdash they were - just hiring random people off the street to make movies. One interview is with a woman who got hired to write scripts at the age of *12* - and it''s interesting how many women were involved before filmmaking got to be a "man''s job." There''s plenty of perspective from people who were not "stars" - cameramen, PA''s and the like, which I find fascinating.
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Diarci
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A Must Have
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2011
If you are even remotely interested in Silent Film, this book is a Must Have. Walter Kerr''s "The Silent Clowns" is, of course, the masterpiece of the genre, but it is more limited in scope. "The Parade''s Gone By" covers the silent comedians, but also every other aspect of... See more
If you are even remotely interested in Silent Film, this book is a Must Have. Walter Kerr''s "The Silent Clowns" is, of course, the masterpiece of the genre, but it is more limited in scope. "The Parade''s Gone By" covers the silent comedians, but also every other aspect of silent film production as well. Camera men, directors, screen writers, production designers, and of course the major stars, are all in here with perceptive interviews whenever possible. In some interviews the subject''s ego and/or reticence gets in the way, but that only helps in understanding the character of the people involved. A wonderful book. But don''t forget to buy "The Silent Clowns" as well.
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Mr. Anthony J. Hume
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2015
awesome tome about the wonderful silent era - simply brilliant
awesome tome about the wonderful silent era - simply brilliant
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falkner
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interesante, pero no es una historia del cine mudo
Reviewed in Spain on January 10, 2016
entrevistas, artículos muy interesantes sobre determinados autores pero más bien sobre la época. No se debe esperar una historia del cine mudo, no es una visión completa ni equilibrada. Por ejemplo, un artículo entero se dedica a Von Sternberg, y sin embargo solo se...See more
entrevistas, artículos muy interesantes sobre determinados autores pero más bien sobre la época. No se debe esperar una historia del cine mudo, no es una visión completa ni equilibrada. Por ejemplo, un artículo entero se dedica a Von Sternberg, y sin embargo solo se menciona de pasada una película fundamental como Greed; muchas estrellas olvidadas y apenas se nombrra a Greta Garbo..
entrevistas, artículos muy interesantes sobre determinados autores pero más bien sobre la época. No se debe esperar una historia del cine mudo, no es una visión completa ni equilibrada. Por ejemplo, un artículo entero se dedica a Von Sternberg, y sin embargo solo se menciona de pasada una película fundamental como Greed; muchas estrellas olvidadas y apenas se nombrra a Greta Garbo..
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Great book - great service.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 14, 2015
A brilliant book - well worth the high price, even for a ''used'' book. It was delivered quickly and was described accurately by the seller.
A brilliant book - well worth the high price, even for a ''used'' book. It was delivered quickly and was described accurately by the seller.
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