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12.21.2012 | | Posted at 12:03 PM

A New Look at Mary Pickford

By David Luhrssen
  Mary Pickford was the first film star and the most powerful woman in Hollywood by 1920, yet by 1930 her reputation was already fading from changing fashion and the coming of sound. Afterward, Pickford was under appreciated by film historians and mocked as a golden-curled melodrama queen by critics who never saw her movies--a problem she helped cause by withdrawing her surviving ...
08.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
They are legendary among students of early film, Fantomas and Les Vampires, a pair of serials from the 1910s. Their pulp fiction stories looked ahead toward the fantastic strain in action cinema, while seeming to invert the moral universe adopted by Hollywood. The title characters were sociopathic criminals in a world without superheroes. By implication, the society they preyed upon might not ha...