Silent cinema and the web: resources

L'ARAIGNÉE D'OR
Geddit? L’Araigné d’Or (1909)

You have probably noticed that Sight & Sound magazine features a regular column called Primal Screen, devoted to “The world of silent cinema”. This is undoubtedly a Good Thing, although it doesn’t appear online, which in some ways, is a Bad Thing. With absolutely no respect for this position, when I was asked to write the Primal Screen column in the January 2013 edition of Sight & Sound, I devoted my wordcount to the relationship between early cinema and the web.

Hyperlinks don’t work on the printed page, or even on the digital version of the magazine, so I thought I would help out by posting some of the links to the sites I mention in the piece here, on Silent London. In fact, Silent London is one of the sites I mention, but you already have that one bookmarked, right?

Here goes:

Do buy the magazine, there’s lots of silent cinema in it this month, from Neil Brand on Beggars of Life, to Nick Pinkerton on Fritz Lang, and even myself popping up again to talk about the Battleship Potemkin/Drifters box set.

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6 thoughts on “Silent cinema and the web: resources”

  1. Hiya. Great post – thanks a lot! I’ll check those sites out pronto.
    Can I ask your advice? I’m studying composing for TV and Film at Kingston University and I’m thinking about setting some silent footage to a new score for my final project. Aside from the Prelinger Archives and the Imperial War Museum, are there any royalty-free silent film archives that you could recommend? (I’ve contacted the BFI, but they’re a bit too pricey for me!)
    Any and all advice would be very welcome.
    Cheers!
    Rob Dimery

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