The hardest thing about getting started with silent films is… getting started. The subject is so massive, so dense, so different from sound films that sometimes finding an entry point can be daunting.
This was the first book on silent cinema that I ever bought. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction. Film historian Kevin Brownlow has proven to be one of the strongest advocates for silent cinema and, as it turns out, he is a heckuva writer too.