One thing I noticed while watching a month of Russian comedy was just how many famous directors started out as actors (Pudovkin, Barnet, Solntseva). And a good number of American directors later became 100% actors. And a few did both at the same time.
Frank Borzage, Lois Weber, William S. Hart… Who is your favorite double threat? (It’s okay if these talents bled into the talkie era.)
I am personally on a big Boris Barnet kick right now. The burly ex-boxer acted for a time but then mastered… the romantic comedy? Yes, indeed, The House on Trubnaya and The Girl with the Hat Box are two of my favorite films, full stop.
Share your favorites in the comments!
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