Those people were the best entertainers because amusing people without uttering a single word is whats actually harder. With mel brooks, marty feldman, dom deluise, sid caesar. Golden silents male silent film stars silent movie. It was also supremely unique, preserving an era of history that can never repeat itself. Silent comedy is a style of film, related to but distinct from mime, invented to bring comedy into the medium of film in the silent film era 1900s1920s before a synchronized soundtrack which could include talking was technologically available for the majority of films. He is best known for his bespectacled glasses character, a resourceful, successseeking gogetter who was perfectly in tune with 1920sera united states. Silent films, usually made with low budgets and few resources, were an important evolutionary stage in the development of movies, since they forced filmmakers to tell engaging narrative stories with actors who could emote with body language and facial expressions. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as the motion picture itself, but before the 1920s, most films were silent. The silentera film stars who risked life and limb doing their own film. Released in 1916, it costarred edna purviance, eric campbell, leo white and lloyd bacon. The famous tillies punctured romance in 1914 with a young charlie chaplin became a hit film in addition to the first known comedy feature film. Jun 08, 2015 the 100 best silent films of all time.
Silent films comedic soul this years edition of momas annual series cruel and unusual comedy jan. Arbuckle had finished filming the last of the tworeelers on june 28, 1933. Often a parody of what people think of as silent movie acting. A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound, especially spoken dialogue. Silent film web site devoted to silent movies, their stars, actor and actress biographies, silent clowns, child stars, silent films, silent film music, silent film links. The 100 greatest silent film comedians list challenges. Far more common are anthologies and edited collections that bring together work by. The 100 best silent comedians, according to james roots in the 100 greatest silent film comedians. Joseph frank buster keaton october 4, 1895 february 1, 1966 was an american actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer he was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname the great stone face. In the pioneer days of the 1900s and 1910s, actors had been expected to muck in, from the roughandtumble of slapstick comedy, right up to the point of danger. Rare silent film with black cast makes a centurylate debut.
Cinematic comedy can be considered the oldest film genre and one of the most prolific and popular. With a lucid and lively style, roots takes a look at more than 400 silent comedies and narrows the list to 100 that viewers should consider. Oct 19, 2012 actors in silent films have to convey so much more with so much less than speaking actors. They have to over exaggerate everything they do since they have to tell a story by sight, not through words. A silent film is a film which consists of only the picture, that is, it has no sound. The shift from silent films to talkies was a huge deal for actors in the late 1920s. Mar 04, 2014 as for the 1990s, during this period of time, actors created largerthanlife characters that relied on exaggerated speaking, movement, and expression, similar to slapstick comedy from the silent era. But people like me who were born in 80s and 90s might have heard a bit about some silent comedians. As for the 1990s, during this period of time, actors created largerthanlife characters that relied on exaggerated speaking, movement, and expression, similar to slapstick comedy from the silent era. Today, when most people hear the words silent comedy they probably think of things like charlie chaplins silhouette framed in the sunset or twinkly piano music playing over barely decipherable grainy images and, perhaps, people getting kicked up the arse. April 20, 1893 march 8, 1971 was an american actor, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer who is best known for his silent comedy films. In the early years of talkie films beginning in 1927, see the jazz singer a few actors continued to act silently for comedic effect, most famously.
Roots decidedly personal touch permeates his biographies cum filmographies cum critiques of silentfilm comedy stars. In 1994, caricaturist al hirschfeld penned a series of silent film stars for the united states post office, including rudolph valentino and keaton. Silent films, usually made with low budgets and few resources, were an important evolutionary stage in the development of movies, since they forced film makers to tell engaging narrative stories with actors who could emote with body language and facial expressions. A tribute to some of the greatest male actors of the silent era. Specters of slapstick and silent film comediennes reveals the gender politics of comedy and the comedic potentials of feminism through close consideration of hundreds of silent films. However, behind the music and handcranked camera shots lie something else entirely, for those willing to take a look. History of silent movies silent film resources octane.
Hennefeld skillfully links the centrality of women in comic films of. To learn more about this fascinating time in the history of the theater, please view the following resources, and relive the glory of the silent film. Jun 01, 2014 despite the decrease of interest in silent movies in recent years, many industry leaders agree that making a silent movie teaches the most important elements of film production. This is sort of a followup to my earlier post in which i ranked the silent comedians. Apr 14, 2017 the silent movie provided entertainment to people for decades and provided the industry with a springboard to talking pictures, and the movies we know today. Stripes was the third consecutive comedy hit film for murray, following his goofy and decidedly lowbrow antics in 1979s meatballs also directed by reitman, and 1980s caddyshack. See more ideas about actor, comedians and movie stars. This film echoed chaplins work on the tramp, with more drama mixed in with comedy. If youve ever watched a silent film you probably notice that the actors need to be dramatic by making theatrical facial expressions and hand. Observer film critic philip frenchs choice of the 10 most quietly impressive actors of their age philip french sat 5 nov 2011 20. The 100 greatest silent film comedians show list info.
Code switch a 19 romantic comedy starring black actors is finally hitting the. Silent film cinema and media studies oxford bibliographies. Silent film what is, characteristics, origin, history. This list includes international performers who were well known throughout the world, and those who may have only achieved a degree of success in their native countries. In the 100 greatest silent film comedians, james roots ranks the greatest performers based on a scorecard that measures each comics humor, timelessness, originality, and teamwork.
Max linder, 18831925 started about 1905 in film, and created a comedy. Charlie chaplin and buster keaton were two of the most prominent actors of the silent film era. John gilbert was born into a showbusiness family his father was a comic with the pringle stock company. June 29th, 1933 roscoe fatty arbuckle, us actor keystone comedies, died at 46. Silent film producers brought famous films such as benhur, the ten. Apr 14, 2018 some notes about defining the silent film era. Apr 12, 2016 the shift from silent films to talkies was a huge deal for actors in the late 1920s. The kids of today probably hasnt even heard about the silent era of comedy. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, most films were silent before the late 1920s. This clip is available for licensing without time code and. In 100 essential silent film comedies james roots identifies the major comedic motion pictures produced in the first few decades of the twentieth century. For more on silent and slapstick comedy film history dont miss my new book. Of course, and like so many other comic actors on this list, murray had established a beachhead before making any films via firstrate exposure on saturday. Silent comedy is still practiced, albeit much less frequently, and it has influenced comedy in modern media as well.
In the pioneer days of the 1900s and 1910s, actors had been expected to muck in, from the roughandtumble of slapstick comedy, right up to the. Simultaneously hilarious and seriously incisive, specters of slapstick and silent film comediennes is a dazzling demonstration of the way in which the female body in early film comedy is the privileged site for the display of the cinemas defamiliarization of the world. But dziga vertov approaches his film with such pizzaz and. Feb 22, 2016 the silent era was rich in many ways, its finest films offering beautiful cinematography and exquisite lighting as well as talented actors and poetic storytelling. During the first world war, marie outsold fairbanks, pickford and chaplin during liberty bond rallies. Silent film or silent cinema were basically that, films that had neither voice nor music. Many consider the art of motion pictures to have matured in the silent era 1894 to 1929 and many argue aesthetic quality decreased when talkies were first introduced. The only copy of the film in the whole world is being kept in the ucla archive. As maggie hennefeld argues, comedienne catastrophes provide disturbing but suggestive images for comprehending gendered social upheavals in the early twentieth. Hirschfeld said that modern film stars were more difficult to depict, that silent film comedians such as laurel and hardy and keaton looked like their caricatures. Among the most outstanding actors of silent film we can mention. I thought up this post because dames necessarily got short shrift on the earlier list, which was focused on slapstick comedy stars.
Lloyd ranks alongside charlie chaplin and buster keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. Charlie chaplins 53rd film released july 10 1916 the vagabond was a silent film by charlie chaplin and his third film with mutual films. The 10 best silent movie stars in pictures film the. She had played the character for years on the stage. Oct 25, 2014 rare silent film with black cast makes a centurylate debut. For various reasons, i left a few of the silent comedy giants out of the. The 20 best comedy actors of all time taste of cinema. Specters of slapstick and silent film comediennes columbia. An engaging, richly illustrated, and amusingly argumentative survey of silent film colored by the personal reflections and recollections of a pioneering collector, archivist, and silent film enthusiast who was the founder and curator of the famed motion picture archive at the george eastman house. The silent movie provided entertainment to people for decades and provided the industry with a springboard to talking pictures, and the movies we know today. The following is a list of actors and actresses whose careers began in the silent film era of the 1910s and 1920s. To provide more drama and excitement to the films, the music in the silent film was played live in sync with the action that was slowly happening on the screen, and pianos, organs and other musical instruments were used.
Difference between charlie chaplin and buster keaton. History of silent movies silent film resources octane seating. Another important legacy of silent film comedy was the humor in. In those days he was assistant director, actor or screenwriter. Photos, photographs or silent film actors and actresses, and silent movie video film clips in a silent cinema. Actors in silent films have to convey so much more with so much less than speaking actors. As comedic actors, both employed a lot of action and comedy in their fighting, running, and chasing scenes. Sep 07, 2015 in the pioneer days of the 1900s and 1910s, actors had been expected to muck in, from the roughandtumble of slapstick comedy, right up to the point of danger. Silent comedy is still practiced, albeit much less frequently, and it. As comedic actors, both employed a lot of action and comedy in. The silent era ended in the late 1920s, who is the actor best remembered. Nov 05, 2011 the 10 most quietly impressive actors of their age.
Truly, no art form today can possibly boast an equal wealth of. The silent era was rich in many ways, its finest films offering beautiful cinematography and exquisite lighting as well as talented actors and poetic storytelling. Given the general academic consensus around the periodization of silent film into a series of distinctive stages as described in the introduction, the kind of broad, singleauthor overviews spanning the whole of the silent era that once marked film scholarship have become relatively rare. The silentera film stars who risked life and limb doing. Silent comedy and its legacies from nickelodeons to youtube, just released by bear manor media, also available from etc etc etc for more on show biz history, consult no applause, just throw money. Of all the comedic actors from the 1990s, mike myers, jim carrey, and adam sandler particularly dominated the genre and became household names. Code switch a 19 romantic comedy starring black actors is finally hitting the big screen, after decades in the museum of modern art. The 10 best silent movie stars in pictures film the guardian.
Please sign the petition to the ucla to release copies of rare films to silent hall of fame or make these films available to the public the ucla preserves in their archives many quality silent films featuring our stars billy bitzer, alice day, marceline day, snitz. To learn more about this fascinating time in the history of the theater, please view the following resources, and re. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and talkies, between 1914 and 1947. The silent film era is sometimes referred to as the age of the silver screen. See more ideas about silent film, movie stars and actor. Many silent film stars found it difficult to find their voice and place in this new hollywood medium. Most noncinephiles dont want to watch any 70minute experimental films with no stories or actors, let alone an 85yearold silent one. He began acting in musicals and pantomimes as a child. Silent comedy short featuring bobby dunn 1924 youtube. The 10 most quietly impressive actors of their age. The years before sound came to the movies are known as the silent era among film scholars and historians. In which i rank the silent comedians this post grew out of my conviction that the prevailing trope of there being a big three or a big four among silent film comedians is a false portrait of reality, and ultimately unhelpful to analysis. Both actors were also directors and made funny and popular films in their time. Oct 14, 2011 today, when most people hear the words silent comedy they probably think of things like charlie chaplins silhouette framed in the sunset or twinkly piano music playing over barely decipherable grainy images and, perhaps, people getting kicked up the arse.705 859 1304 1042 435 697 392 1416 1004 279 765 97 1420 1173 923 128 70 459 1369 245 1120 552 896 650 128 1203 1449 690 900 1423 1003 1389 523 1455 1070 803 854 1241 919 70