Silent stars / Jeanine Basinger.

  • Wesleyan University Press pbk. ed.
  • Hanover, NH : Wesleyan University Press published by University Press of New England 2000
Physical description
x, 497 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • 0819564516
  • 9780819564511
  • Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1999.
  • Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1999.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 476-480) and index.
  • Mary Pickford -- Mabel and the Kops -- Douglas Fairbanks -- Sisters: the Talmadges, Norma and Constance -- Cowboys: William S. Hart and Tom Mix -- Women of the world: Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri -- Rudolph Valentino -- Marion Davies -- Lon Chaney -- John Gilbert -- Flappers: Colleen Moore and Clara Bow -- Rin-Tin-Tin -- Coda: Garbo talks.
  • Bibliography
  • Biographies.
  • Biography
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Illustrated
  • text
  • English


  • Film scholar Jeanine Basinger offers a revelatory, perceptive, and highly readable look at the greatest silent film stars -- not those few who are fully appreciated and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, but those who have been misrepresented, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten. Included are Valentino, "the Sheik," who was hardly the effeminate lounge lizard he's been branded; Mary Pickford, who couldn't have been further from the adorable little creature with golden ringlets that was her film persona; Marion Davies, unfairly pilloried in Citizen Kane; the original "Phantom" and "Hunchback," Lon Chaney; the beautiful Talmadge sisters, Norma and Constance. Here are the great divas, Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; the great flappers, Colleen Moore and Clara Bow; the great cowboys, William S. Hart and Tom Mix; and the great lover, John Gilbert. Basinger also includes the quintessential slapstick comedienne, Mabel Normand, with her Keystone Kops; the quintessential all-American hero, Douglas Fairbanks; and, of course, the quintessential all-American dog, Rin-Tin-Tin.

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University of Bristol Libraries: Arts & Social Sciences Library PN1998.2 BAS 7 day loan: vacation loan
Queen Mary University of London Library: Mile End Library PN1998.2 BAS (ORDINARY) ORDINARY
Swansea University Libraries: Singleton Park Library : Main PN1998.2 .B37 2000