You have to excuse my annoyance. Another week, another silent film that people (including academics) have written about without watching. This is a pet peeve of mine so I made a handy chart. Feel free to share, distribute, etc.
I was minding my own business, researching a silent movie when I noticed that every single piece a read got major plot details wrong. Details that could only be incorrect if the author had either never seen the film or had seen it so long ago that they may as well have never seen it at all. (There’s a reason why I avoid commenting on films I haven’t rewatched in a while.)
This annoys me not just because it’s laziness but because this is how myths get started and repeated. (Click on the titles below to read my debunkings.)
It happened with Buster Keaton’s The Frozen North.
It happened with Charlie Chaplin’s Burlesque on Carmen.
Now it’s happening with A Kiss from Mary Pickford (coming Sunday!) and I am peeved. While silent movie access is not all we might like, it is a darn sight better than it has been in a long time and, in any case, if you are a published author (especially writing for an academic press) you have a certain amount of baked-in credibility. Be worthy of it.
Sorry for the rant. I promise to be more fun later.
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