By Kevin Brownlow

ISBN-10: 0394577477

ISBN-13: 9780394577470

ISBN-10: 0520076265

ISBN-13: 9780520076266

From Kevin Brownlow, cinema historian and discoverer of misplaced motion pictures, here's the 1st full-scale exploration of an essential and now virtually forgotten bankruptcy of yankee moviemaking: the reaction of early manufacturers of the a long time ahead of international warfare I.
 
all of the matters that torment the United States this day have been rampant within the silent-film period: crime, poverty, alcohol, medications, racial and ethnic prejudice, epidemics, and the controversies over contraception, abortion, and the demise penalty. And there have been others that persist at the present time yet have been then much more explosive: sexual mores, govt and police corruption, legal stipulations, immigration, and strife among capital and hard work. even if many early moviemakers neglected harsh realities, selecting to depict a society shielded via a “mask of innocence,” others went at the back of that façade, battling the ubiquitous censors and generating motion pictures that made even the main sheltered moviegoer conscious of deep rents within the country’s social cloth. a few motion pictures have been exploitative, a few severe, yet jointly they upload as much as a revelation of the darkish aspect of yank life—a revelation startling to us this day since it was once later, within the period of the Hays place of work, so completely neglected, certainly denied, through Hollywood.
 
Broken Blossoms, the group, Humoresque, Regeneration: these movies that experience survived and develop into classics are, in those pages, studied of their historic context. And even if a sad variety of different motion pictures have vanished, approximately all are reclaimed from oblivion by means of Mr. Brownlow’s marvelous feat of recovery and descriptive “reconstruction.” the following, by no means back to be forgotten, are The Fall of the Romanoffs, The Racket, those that Dance, and dozens of others.
 
With this awesome publication, Kevin Brownlow completes the panoramic trilogy that begun with The Parade’s long past By… and persevered with The warfare, the West, and the Wilderness. Like its predecessors, Behind the masks of Innocence is an important paintings of silent-film background, absolute to develop into a regular reference; however it is more—at as soon as a shocking portrait of a time no longer in contrast to our personal and a strong demonstration of ways within which a well-liked artwork shape can show a society to itself.

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