The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians by James Roots

By James Roots

The silent movie period featured probably the most respected names of on-screen comedian functionality, from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, and Laurel & Hardy. in addition to those giants of cinema, even if, there are different silent period performers—both major 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 each one comic’s humor, timelessness, originality, and teamwork. excess of only a directory, this can be an idiosyncratic and pleasing overview of the boys and girls who created the golden age of comedy. As a critic and deaf viewer, Roots brings a very particular standpoint to the review of those performers and their paintings. He has considered hundreds of thousands of silent comedies and provides a few tests that run opposite to the normal checklist of performers. whereas many visible names are put within the best echelon, the writer additionally champions performers who've been missed, partially simply because their paintings has no longer been as seen. each one access comprises

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


With the elevated availability of flicks on DVD, in addition to web entry, progressively more silent performers are being stumbled on via movie fanatics. Supplemented through an appendix of comedians who neglected the lower, in addition to an annotated bibliography,
The a hundred maximum Silent movie Comedians may be a useful source to somebody eager to understand extra concerning the exceptional entertainers of the silent era.

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