Here’s a fun little exercise. Many people dream of meeting their favorite entertainers in their prime so let’s indulge ourselves. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite anybody who worked in silent movies. Who makes the cut?
Two ground rules:
- They have to have already passed on, no living people. After all, this is a dream.
- They have to have at least one silent film to their credit as actor, writer, producers, marketing director, something.
My list is not so much based on films that I love but how much I think I will enjoy the conversation. My guests are people who either strike me as interesting conversationalists or have had experiences that I would love to hear about. Of course, you may base your guest list on anything you like.
My silent era dinner party guest list in alphabetical order:
Cecil B. DeMille
Before anyone asks, yes I am aware that I left off Ivan Mosjoukine. I adore the man to pieces but he was a total ESFP and his idea of fun was to play football on the Champs-Élysées at midnight after consuming considerable amounts of alcohol. I mean, you do you, Vanya, but I go in for quieter activities.
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