The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians by James Roots

By James Roots

The silent movie period featured the most respected names of on-screen comedian functionality, from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, and Laurel & Hardy. along with those giants of cinema, besides the fact that, there are different silent period performers—both top actors and assisting players—who left a permanent legacy of laughter.

In The a hundred maximum Silent movie Comedians, James Roots ranks the best performers in accordance with a scorecard that measures every one comic’s humor, timelessness, originality, and teamwork. excess of only a directory, this is often an idiosyncratic and wonderful evaluation of the boys and ladies who created the golden age of comedy. As a critic and deaf viewer, Roots brings a very precise point of view to the review of those performers and their paintings. He has seen millions of silent comedies and provides a few tests that run opposite to the normal checklist of performers. whereas many visible names are positioned within the best echelon, the writer additionally champions performers who've been ignored, partly simply because their paintings has no longer been as obvious. every one access contains

  • a filmography
  • a scorecard
  • an assessment of the artist’s total work
  • an review of consultant films
  • DVD availability


With the elevated availability of movies on DVD, in addition to web entry, an increasing number of silent performers are being found by way of movie enthusiasts. Supplemented by means of an appendix of comedians who overlooked the lower, in addition to an annotated bibliography,
The a hundred maximum Silent movie Comedians could be a useful source to an individual eager to understand extra in regards to the awesome entertainers of the silent era.

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