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By John C. Tibbetts

Douglas Fairbanks and the yankee Century brings to existence the most well-liked celeb of his day, the personification of the Golden Age of Hollywood. At his top, within the kids and twenties, the swashbuckling adventurer embodied the recent American Century of velocity, chance, and competitive optimism. The essays and interviews during this quantity carry clean views to his lifestyles and paintings, together with analyses of flicks by no means ahead of tested. additionally released right here for the 1st time in English is a first-hand creation account of the making of Fairbanks’s final silent movie, The Iron Mask.

Fairbanks (1883–1939) was once the main vibrant and strenuous exponent of the yank Century, whose dominant mode after 1900 was once the mass advertising of a burgeoning democratic optimism, at domestic and out of the country. in the course of these first many years of the 20th century, his satiric comedy adventures shadow-boxed with the illusions of sophistication and customized. His characters controlled to mix the yank Easterner’s adventure and pretension and the Westerner’s promise and growth. because the masculine personification of the outdated global aristocrat and the recent global self-made man―tied to culture but emancipated from history―he developed a uniquely American aristocrat striding right into a new age and sensibility.

This is the main entire account but written of the movie profession of Douglas Fairbanks, one of many first nice stars of the silent American cinema and one of many unique United Artists (comprising Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith). John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh’s textual content is mainly wealthy in its insurance of the early years of the star’s profession from 1915 to 1920 and covers intimately numerous movies formerly thought of lost.

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Anita Loos, the demitasse librettist, is a great help to our hero,” enthused Photoplay in 1917. ”7 While barely out of her teens, Loos sold her first scenario to the Lubin Company, an opus entitled, The Earl and the Tomboy. 8 A month later, in April 1912, she made her first sale to Biograph with a story called The Road to Plaindale, which was not filmed until 1914. It was with her third sale, however, that Loos scored her first popular success. Biograph bought The New York Hat for $25 and produced it with director D.

Fairbanks has two alter egos. Florian Amidon is a sedentary bank clerk, a Sunday-school type with mincing, fluttery mannerisms and speech, his hair carefully curled around his eyes. By contrast, Eugene Brassfield is a brash, fast-talking politician with a way for the ladies. The “Florian” personality is completely altered when he is injured by a blow to the head: For five years after this unfortunate occurrence, Florian’s life was a blank to him. When he came back to his senses he was in a Pullman, traveling to New York.

As per the title, there are again two Fairbankses here, which is to say, there are two conflicting identities. Fairbanks has two alter egos. Florian Amidon is a sedentary bank clerk, a Sunday-school type with mincing, fluttery mannerisms and speech, his hair carefully curled around his eyes. By contrast, Eugene Brassfield is a brash, fast-talking politician with a way for the ladies. The “Florian” personality is completely altered when he is injured by a blow to the head: For five years after this unfortunate occurrence, Florian’s life was a blank to him.

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