Even a super-expensive film school education doesn’t prepare you for the scope and importance of the silent film era. It was a time where film was literally being figured out on the fly, conventions were being created, stars were born and a language we now take for granted was being written. The journey from film’s earliest incarnation to the sound era is one marked by innumerable milestones, and a 13-part miniseries does an excellent job at putting some of that into perspective.

Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film was produced in 1980 by Thames Television. Directed by Kevin Brownlow¬†and David Gill with¬†narration by James Mason, the show attempts to do exactly what its title suggests: tell the history of American silent film. The entire series resides on YouTube and while you probably won’t be able to finish it in one sitting, the show is a more than worthy addition to your ever expanding instant queue. Read More »