ANOTHER EDIT 6/14/19: My new laptop finally arrived! Stay tuned. 😉
EDIT 6/7/19: Due to my laptop deciding to conk out all the sudden, I won’t have a new post out this week. Which is sad, because it was on a film I really love–but at least you can still look forward to it! ~
Happy summer, all! (It sure took its sweet time coming, didn’t it?) Every once in awhile–and it’s been awhile–I put out a “welcome tour” post for new Silent-ology readers. Because I know what it’s like to visit a new blog and feel like you’ve walked into a coffee shop where everyone understands the complicated drink orders except you.
So let’s get to it! Silent-ology (which turned five a few months ago!) is my personal “dig” through silent film history. Every detail of this unique era fascinates me, so if you don’t see a topic or an actor covered, they probably will be in the future! I have theme months a couple times a year (the latest was Sheik Month) and host an annual Buster Keaton Blogathon. Taking a look at my “About” page is a nice little intro to the site. And then, of course, there’s the My Articles page (and don’t forget the Search box!).
Want a few suggestions? If you’re just getting into silent films, you might like:
- How To Watch a Silent Film (If You’ve Never Seen One)
- Silent Film Makeup: What Was It Really Like? (My most popular article!)
- Getting Into Silent Films–Where To Begin?
- I also have a Handy Glossary page which explains some of that early filmmaking lingo. Feel free to check it out!
Interested in really early films? You’ll probably appreciate:
- Thoughts On: A Trip to the Moon
- Obscure Films: Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene, Likely the World’s First Western
- What Are The World’s Oldest Horror Movies?
Maybe you’re wondering about my thoughts on more recent silent-related films? I got you covered there, too!
Looking for info on various silent era personalities? Perfect, because I love writing about ’em! Maybe get started with:
- Remembering Florence LaBadie
- Buster’s Wife’s Relations: Getting to Know the Talmadge Family
- Bert Williams, Vaudeville Superstar
- Polly, Minta and Louise: Three Unsung Keystone Ladies
Looking for some additions to your personal library? I do book reviews, too! Here’s some of my recommendations:
- Bebe Daniels: Hollywood’s Good Little Bad Girl by Charles Epting
- Mabel Normand: The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap by Timothy Dean Lefler
- Keaton by Rudi Blesh
- Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy by Steve Massa
Speaking of silent film books, this article might come in handy:
Lastly, if you’re looking for a fun way to explore that early 20th century world, I have a series called “Fan Magazine Fun” where I dig up quirky articles and fluff pieces from early movie magazines. Many of these are–well, easier to read than describe.
- Odds And Ends From Film Fun
- A Brief Pause To Throw Pies At Huns
- “My goodness, don’t they look strange?”
It’s a brief tour, but I hope it’s helpful! Please enjoy Silent-ology, and feel free to leave comments–you’re among silents-loving friends!