Featured Project: The Silent Era
Today we feature the Silent Era project, which is dedicated to the people who have made a significant contribution to silent films. These people include actors, directors and writers. Films made between 1894-1929 contained no sound, therefore actors used exaggerated body language and facial expressions to convey emotion. Live music featured at each showing was essential in conveying the atmosphere and giving the audience vital emotional cues. Here’s a preview of the profiles included:
D.W. Griffith – He was a pioneering American film director, credited with developing many of the basic techniques of film making.
Buster Keaton – He was an actor known as “The Great Stone Face” for getting big laughs for his physically comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression.
Gloria Swanson – She was a prominent silent film actress and fashion icon.
Mary Pickford – Known as “America’s Sweetheart” during her silent film career. Pickford was a significant figure in the development of film acting.
Charlie Chaplin – He was one of the most influential comedic actors of the silent film era.
Lillian Gish – Known as the “First Lady of the Silent Screen,” Gish was a prominent film star of the 1910′s and 1920′s.