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Looking at the cinema, its origins and history.
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Watch The Lodger: Alfred Hitchcock’s First Truly ‘Hitchcockian’ Movie (1927)

Watch The Lodger: Alfred Hitchcock’s First Truly ‘Hitchcockian’ Movie (1927) | Film History | Scoop.it
Psycho, before he was praised as a great master of cinema by a bunch of French critics who would themselves go on to become cinematic masters, before the adjective “Hitchcockian” entered the language, Hitchcock was simply a guy struggling to make a go of it as a director.
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Chess Fever (1925) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently

Chess Fever (1925) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
Moscow is in the grips of highly contagious disease: Chess Fever! An ongoing chess tournament has turned Russia's addiction to the game into a frenzy. One young
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Charlie Chaplin's Switzerland home to be made into museum

Charlie Chaplin's Switzerland home to be made into museum | Film History | Scoop.it
Silent movie icon CHARLIE CHAPLIN's home in Switzerland is set to be turned into a museum documenting his amazing life.
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Harold Lloyd in "The Non-Stop Kid"

Harold Lloyd in "The Non-Stop Kid" | Film History | Scoop.it
  Today is the anniversary of the release date of Harold Lloyd's The Nonstop Kid (1918). The plot of this early "glasses" comedy is simple. Harold and a half dozen dudes are vying for the attention...
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Stan Laurel in “White Wings”

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Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Stan Laurel comedy White Wings (1923), directed by George Jeske.
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The Love Flower (1920) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently

The Love Flower (1920) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
The Peril of Carol An accused murderer is hiding out on a South Sea island with his daughter. The long arm of the law is closing in. How far will she go to
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Laurel and Hardy in "The Music Box"

Laurel and Hardy in "The Music Box" | Film History | Scoop.it
  Today is the anniversary of the release date of Laurel and Hardy's The Music Box (1932), considered by many to be the greatest comedy of all time. Its virtues are strictly formal, of course. It's...
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Laurel and Hardy in "Way Out West"

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  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Laurel and Hardy classic Way Out West (1937).  This charming genre spoof has Stan and Olllie delivering the deed to a mine to a young girl (Ros...
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Eisenstein on Chaplin

Eisenstein on Chaplin | Film History | Scoop.it
This day, April 16th, is not only the birthday of Charles Spencer Chaplin but his 125th birthday--a nice milestone in a year just chock full of Chaplin milestones.  It's a good day for laughter and...
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Dear Movies Silently, Why do silent films have such poor picture quality? | Movies, Silently

Dear Movies Silently, Why do silent films have such poor picture quality? | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
When people think of silent movies, they often think of jittery, scratched images flickering across their screen. But why does the image quality of silent
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Laurel and Hardy in "Thicker Than Water"

Laurel and Hardy in "Thicker Than Water" | Film History | Scoop.it
Today is the anniversary of the release date of the classic Laurel and Hardy comedy Thicker than Water (1935). The comedy is divided into four sections. In the first Laurel, who rooms with Hardy an...
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Arbuckle and Company in "The Bell Boy"

Arbuckle and Company in "The Bell Boy" | Film History | Scoop.it
Today is the anniversary of the release date of The Bell Boy (1918), starring Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Al St. John. In this gag-driven short, Arbuckle and Keaton play a couple of hotel bel...
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Thoughts Of A Twenty-Something, 21st Century Silent Film Fan

Thoughts Of A Twenty-Something, 21st Century Silent Film Fan | Film History | Scoop.it
It's a great time to be a silent film fan. What director or star from the '10s and '20s imagined that one day, we'd be able to share their movies with people across the globe in seconds--and that w...
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Tweet from @DollfaceDapper

Tweet from @DollfaceDapper | Film History | Scoop.it
Clara Bow in original kodachrome color 1929 -- Not digital colorolized. pic.twitter.com/JwWZSzXblM
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Charlie Chaplin in "Sunnyside"

Charlie Chaplin in "Sunnyside" | Film History | Scoop.it
  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Charlie Chaplin film Sunnyside (1919). Sunnyside is a sort of bucolic idyll, or a parody of one, with a rural setting we associate more with Ar...
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Beyond the Border (1925) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently

Beyond the Border (1925) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
A fun little genre mashup that is half-romantic comedy, half-western. You think it's hard getting people to sit down for a silent movie? Honey, you ain't seen
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Lost Film Files #25: The Abysmal Brute (1923) | Movies, Silently

Lost Film Files #25: The Abysmal Brute (1923) | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
The Abysmal Brute (1923) Status: Missing and presumed lost. Every lost film is a tragedy but some hit your gut worse than others. The Abysmal Brute is
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The Merry Jail (1917) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently

The Merry Jail (1917) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
What do you get when you mix a partying husband, a wily wife, a sassy maid and a night in jail? Well, when Ernst Lubitsch directs, you get a zany comedy of
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The Frozen North (1922) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently

The Frozen North (1922) A Silent Film Review | Movies, Silently | Film History | Scoop.it
Buster Keaton delivers a slice of demented wackiness in this snow-bound comedy. Keaton is a lusty would-be bandit with a large dose of William S. Hart
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Charlie Chaplin in "The Cure"

Charlie Chaplin in "The Cure" | Film History | Scoop.it
   Today is the anniversary of the Charlie Chaplin short The Cure (1917). The Cure is one of the perfect comedies the comedian made for the Mutual Film Corporation, a period during which it can be ...
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9 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin

9 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin | Film History | Scoop.it
On the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth, explore some surprising facts about the renowned silent-film star.
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Buster Keaton in "The High Sign"

Buster Keaton in "The High Sign" | Film History | Scoop.it
  Today is the anniversary of the release date of Buster Keaton's The High Sign (1921). Technically The High Sign was Keaton's first solo film, but he was dissatisfied with it and shelved it for a ...
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Thomas Edison & His Trusty Kinetoscope Create the First Movie Filmed In The US (c. 1889)

Thomas Edison & His Trusty Kinetoscope Create the First Movie Filmed In The US (c. 1889) | Film History | Scoop.it
Thomas Edison is undoubtedly America’s best-known inventor. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” for his prolific creativity, Edison amassed a whopping 1093 patents throughout his lifetime.
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Charlie Chaplin in "In the Park"

Charlie Chaplin in "In the Park" | Film History | Scoop.it
Today is the anniversary of the release date of Charlie Chaplin's comedy short In the Park (1915). This is one of Chaplin's early films for Essanay Studios, and to me it's always felt a throwaway, ...
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The History of the Movie Camera in Four Minutes: From the Lumiere Brothers to Google Glass

The History of the Movie Camera in Four Minutes: From the Lumiere Brothers to Google Glass | Film History | Scoop.it
For their annual Lifetime Achievement Awards, the folks over at the Society of Camera Operators put together a lovely, surprisingly rousing video about the evolution of the movie camera over the course of the past century or so of cinema. And, as you can see above, it has changed quite a bit.
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