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The Sound of Silence: Conversations With 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap Between Silents and Talkies ebook

by Michael G. Ankerich


Hugh Allan was a leading man in the last years of the silents only to leave the film business in 1930 because of the uncertainty surrounding his transition to sound films and his disgust with studio politics.

McFarland, 1 ene. 1998 - 260 páginas. Hugh Allan was a leading man in the last years of the silents only to leave the film business in 1930 because of the uncertainty surrounding his transition to sound films and his disgust with studio politics.

This allows Ankerich to fill in the gaps and provide his own style to the book. Unfortunately it does not result in many direct quotes or a distinct feeling that you got to know the subject. I always said there are the starlets who dance on one leg and then the other, and manage to make a living in between them. I was never one of them. So, with eager anticipation I began reading THE SOUND OF SILENCE – CONVERSATIONS WITH 16 FILMS AND STAGE PERSONALITIES, all of whom the author interviewed and knew.

Ankerich considers The Sound of Silence to be a companion piece to his first book, Broken Silence: Conversations .

Despite the somewhat misleading title, the conversations in The Sound of Silence are not really two way conversations. Instead, each section starts with a brief overview of the respective person being featured.

The Sound of Silence book. When there is no one left to remember, it is my hope that books like Broken Silence and The Sound of Silence will serve as a bridge to the past, to the days that made up the most illustrious period in the history of Hollywood. Each chapter is devoted to a celebrity and the interview is written like a magazine article as opposed to a transcript of the conversation. This allows Ankerich to fill in the gaps and provide his own style to the book.

For the stage actors, sound films were a natural move. Some of the silent actors were not so fortunate, often finding the studios reluctant to use their talents. These men and women, most in their seventies and eighties, provide a unique look at a crucial period in film history. No current Talk conversations about this book.

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Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap Between Silents and Talkies

The Sound of Silence : Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap Between Silents and Talkies. by Michael G.

Marion Shilling began her career as a silent film ingenue for MGM and later went on to become one of the top heroines in Westerns of the 1930s. Stage actress Esther Muir made the transition from Broadway to Hollywood just as talkies became popular. Hugh Allan was a leading man in the last years of the silents only to leave the film business in 1930 because of the uncertainty surrounding his transition to sound films and his disgust with studio politics. These three performers and thirteen others (Barbara Barondess, Thomas Beck, Mary Brian, Pauline Curley, Billie Dove, Edith Fellows, Rose Hobart, William Janney, Marcia Mae Jones, Barbara Kent, Anita Page, Lupita Tovar, and Barbara Weeks) reminisce here about Hollywood and the movie business as it made the transition from silents to talkies. For the stage actors, sound films were a natural move. Some of the silent actors were not so fortunate, often finding the studios reluctant to use their talents. These men and women, most in their seventies and eighties, provide a unique look at a crucial period in film history.
Damand
This is a terrific book that leaves you wanting more. Mr. Ankerich did a fine job and I will buy just about anything written by him. This book is for anyone who has an interest in the players of the silent screen who made the transition to talkies. How many times have you wondered about a screen star and what happen to them? The only thing I wished is that it was longer.
Vetalol
Good read.
romrom
Unlike a previous reviewer, I don't find author Michael Ankerich conceited at all. I'm not sure where that is coming from, but I will concede that if knowing a lot can constitute conceit than I guess Ankerich has every reason to be conceited.
Like the other books that I've read by Mr. Ankerich, this book is a revelation. It provides a diverse view of the transition made when movies started to talk by those who were most deeply affected. In a series of interviews, Ankerich records the perceptions and experiences of more than a dozen actors and actresses who confronted the black hole known as sound and dealt with it in their own way. A lot of those instances involved studio politics and the use of a somewhat imperfect and poorly understood new technology.
The interviewees include the more well known such as Billie Dove and Rose Hobart to the obscure Hugh Allen and supporting actor Thomas Beck. Regardless of status in the film industry, these people have a lot of interesting things to say and their stories harken back to a time that is long forgotten.
I am fairly certain that all the people interviewed are now dead as Edith Fellows and Marcia Mae Jones have died recently. This is as an even more remarkable record given that there are so few survivors of that era still alive.
This was a very interesting book and it is very well done and researched that goes far beyond and much deeper than the plot explored in the film Singing In The Rain because it is based in reality.
Fegelv
Over the years, I have bought (and enjoyed) several books written by Michael G. Ankerich. The Sound of Silence is no exception. Needless to say, his documentation of silent movie star personalities are valuable to film lovers like myself.
Malogamand
Michael Ankerich's follow-up to BROKEN SILENCE is another nice achievement. Among those forgotten stars he brings out of obscurity are Hugh Carroll(?) [I'm going by memory] and Pauline Curley. Pauline Curley reportedly is in very poor health and not expected to live much longer. She just turned 94. Some of the people covered have since died. The only thing I noticed that detracts from the book is the manner in which Ankerich makes so many references to himself. He comes off as rather conceited, whether he really is or not. Overall, this is a fine job and a great service to the stars covered as well as their fans.
Ishnsius
I have always been a great fan of author Michael G. Ankerich’s work. His several very readable and informative books on some not-so-well remembered films stars such as his MAE MURRAY – THE GIRL WITH THE BEE-STUNG LIPS, as well as his collective homage to doomed female actresses, DANGEROUS CURVES ATOP HIGH HEELS, are excellent accounts of the lives of Hollywood one-time royalty. His style of writing is breezy and accurate, and one leaves his books with a sense of having at least learned something.

So, with eager anticipation I began reading THE SOUND OF SILENCE – CONVERSATIONS WITH 16 FILMS AND STAGE PERSONALITIES, all of whom the author interviewed and knew. An intriguing mix of male and female actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, primarily the early talkie era, Ankerich relates his interest and meetings, as well as their stories in fascinating narrative. Most were lesser known stars such as Anita Page, Barbara Kent, Mary Brian, Hugh Allan, and Lupita Tovar.

Though they were featured in important pictures, and scored great successes, none of the 16 profiles in the book ever became iconic film stars. But they glittered nonetheless on the silver screen, and all left indelible and fascinating stories behind. Ankerich got to them before their deaths. And for this we should be immensely thankful to him. What great addenda to the backstories of the making of major motion pictures and what wonderful anecdotes about the stars who made them these actors have related and left behind for film historians, film buffs, and fans.
Included in the book are numerous rare photographs and complete filmographies of these precious stars whom Ankerich writes of with compassion and love. He never misses a step in the telling of their stories. THE SOUND OF SILENCE is truly a highly enjoyable and valuable book to any film resource library.
The Sound of Silence: Conversations With 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap Between Silents and Talkies ebook
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Michael G. Ankerich
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