silent films

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces

The Man of a Thousand Faces

American Masters – Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces premiered on PBS in 2000. When we think of the silent film era, we think of actors like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or Clara Bow, stars who created trademark personas and spent their entire careers testing the limits of those characters. They perfected what they had created, […]

Lillian Gish: The Actor’s Life for Me

About Lillian Gish

She was the archetypal silent film heroine — the delicate damsel in distress, fainting on an ice floe, cowering before a brutal bounder, languishing in a garret. She has been called “the first lady of the silent screen,” and film director D.W. Griffith extolled her “exquisite, ethereal beauty.” She was Lillian Gish, the star of […]