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Wonderful introduction to the great silent movies
26 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wonderful series ran the summer I turned 14, and I watched each one religiously. It was a marvelous introduction to the language and greatness of silent films. There hadn't been much chance to watch silent movies before WNET ran this series. Television wanted new films, preferably color, and of course with soundtracks. But these films not only displayed the wide range of genres and topics that silents had covered, but also explored the greatness of the silent films stars.

One thing that the prior reviewer didn't cover in his excellent precis was that WNET ran an offer of 12 free posters of scenes from all the films. I hung them in our basement. The shot of Lillian and Dorothy Gish in the tumbril, heading towards the guillotine during the French Revolution, still remains an image of beauty and emotion.


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