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A collection of news and information pertaining to silent era films.
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A Centennial Celebration of The Birth of a Nation
An overview of the most-important film of 1915 — perhaps, of the entire silent era.

75 American Films to Be Repatriated for Preservation
The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation announce major silent film recoveries.

EYE Film Instituut Nederland Discovers Unique Films Starring the Silent Hollywood Star Sessue Hayakawa
The surviving footage of three Hayakawa features have been preserved by the film archive.

George Eastman Museum Appoints Dr. Caroline Frick
Loughney becomes new curator of motion pictures at the respected film archive.

Help Identify These Unknown Films 1
Take a look at some frame enlargements. You may recognize an unidentified film or its cast.

Help Identify These Unknown Films 2
You might recognize unidentified films from these descriptions.

Help Identify These Unknown Films 3
Take a look at frame enlargements on a Hungarian site to possibly identify American and European films.

Help Identify These Unknown Films 4
View an exerpt from an unidentified film produced by Carl Ledermann & Co.

Silent Era : Publish
An extensive publishing project from Silent Era.

The 10th Anniversary of the Silent Era Website
Editor and publisher Carl Bennett shares a few thoughts about the website’s history and future goals.



Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to a number of frequently asked questions sent to the Silent Era staff.

Silent Era Information Resources
A listing of motion picture archives, museums, libraries and historical societies holding collections of interest to the silent era film historian.

The Top 100 Silent Era Films
Our readers rank the top 100 silent films that have survived to this day.

Silent Era Technology
Notes on myriad early film and sound technologies.

Other Notable Websites
A listing of our favorite websites.

Writing contributors to the Silent Era website.

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Sending Press Releases to Silent Era
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What you need to know about using the Silent Era website.


OLD NEWS (is Still Good News)

George Eastman Museum Appoints Patrick Loughney
Loughney becomes new curator of motion pictures at the respected film archive.

Howard Hughes Films to Air on TCM
Rarely-seen Hughes-produced films to be presented on cable network in December 2004.

Beyond the Rocks (1922) Recovered
A major film recovery by the EYE Film Instituut Nederland.

Serial Squadron Recovers Films
The recovery includes the thought-lost serial The Masked Rider (1919).

75th Anniversary Celebration of The General (1926)
The Cottage Grove Historical Society celebrated the the filming of The General on June 22-23, 2001.

The 2001 Restoration of Cainà (1922)
Information on the Italian feature film recovered in 1992.

Gene Vazzana (1940-2001)
Gene Vazzana, editor and publisher of The Silent Film Annual, passed away on New Year’s Day 2001. Philip Leibfried offers his remembrances of Gene, a dedicated silent film enthusiast.

The 2000 Restoration of Napoléon (1927)
Kevin Brownlow’s third restoration of the Abel Gance classic.

The 1999 Reconstruction of Greed (1924)
Added storyline complements an acknowledged silent era classic.

AMC’s 8th Annual Preservation Festival
The cable network’s annual festival was highlighted by Hitchcock’s silent thriller, The Lodger (1926).

Lee Erwin (190?-2000)
Remembrances of the respected silent film accompanist, by Ben Model.
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