Recently, an article was released in the Los Angeles Times stating how the Library of Congress is losing many silent films that were in their possession. According to a study, “The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929” by David Pierce last month, about 75% of the silent films have been lost due to deterioration, fires, poor handling and destruction. Just a few of the movies that have been lost are, Tod Browning’s “London After Midnight” (1927), “The Great Gatsby” (1926) and several of Clara Bow’s featured films that were produced in 1928.
As a classic movie fan myself, I enjoy watching this genre of movies because of the passion actors had at that time. Movies were relatively new and they enabled those who did not have much in their world to see beyond what is out there. Although I have not seen many silent films, I have been gaining interest in them because of the way the actors portray themselves. When I reflect upon today’s movies, I just think of poor acting and just fancy animation to make a movie look good. In the early 1900’s, movies were made with a lot of work and just a few people working to create them.
I would recommend anyone start looking into silent films.
To read the report, click here.