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Studying Early and Silent Cinema – Keith Withall

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In his accessible introduction to early and silent cinema, Keith Withall provides both a comprehensive chronology of the period until the birth of sound and also a series of detailed case studies on the key films from the period – some well known (including Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation [1915], Eisenstein’s Strike [1925] and Chaplin’s The Kid [1921]), some perhaps less familiar (including Murnau’s The Last Laugh [1924] and Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates [1920]).

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“This guide tackles a breathtakingly vast amount of material in the clearest of terms, and always with one eye on the here-and-now. There are references not just to modern films and attitudes, but also practical consideration of the availability of viewing material. Case studies examine classic films in detail, while wider sweeps take in potted histories of alternative and smaller national cinemas. Throughout, Withall encourages students towards wider exploration of the subject area – and most importantly, towards further viewing.” Pamela Hutchinson, Silent London

 

In this accessible introduction to early and silent cinema, currently enjoying a renaissance both academically and in the popular imagination, Keith Withall provides both a comprehensive chronology of the period until the birth of sound and also a series of detailed case studies on the key films from the period – some well known (including Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation [1915], Eisenstein’s Strike [1925] and Chaplin’s The Kid [1921]), some perhaps less familiar (including Murnau’s The Last Laugh [1924] and Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates [1920]).

 

As well as covering in detail the major film-making figures and nations of the period, the author also provides insights into the industry in less well documented areas. Throughout, the films and film-makers are placed in the context of rapid worldwide industrial change.

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