By James Roots

From the instant movies have been first produced, comedy has been a key function of cinema. From earlier than the flip of the 20 th century until eventually the early Nineteen Thirties, audiences celebrated the intense humor of cinematic clowns who left their marks without end. We nonetheless remember—and giggle at—the hilarious antics of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and plenty of others.

In 100 crucial Silent movie Comedies James Roots identifies the most important comedic films produced within the first few many years of the 20th century. With a lucid and vigorous sort, Roots takes a glance at greater than four hundred silent comedies and narrows the checklist to a hundred that audience should still think about. each one access comprises solid and team details, a synopsis, severe overview, and extra commentary—all to illustrate why that specific movie is key viewing. the flicks variety from 70 seconds to full-length good points or even contain a number of the earliest produced motion pictures, beginning in 1894. as well as mentioning Hollywood’s best, the publication profiles comedies from around the globe, together with choices from the uk, France, Japan and Russia.

More than seventy silent comedians from Charlie Chaplin to Max Linder are represented in those choices, and the booklet celebrates such demonstrated classics as The General and safeguard Last—as good as fairly vague one-reelers. together with information regarding DVD availability, 100 crucial Silent movie Comedies is a useful source that gives either students and common movie fanatics a listing of unique movies to explore.

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