Speak: Interviews with Twelve Cinema Pioneers"
by Tony Villecco (McFarland & Company, Inc.., 2002,
Here is another one of those interview books that silent
movie fans should really be grateful for. There are only a handful
of these books out there, but the people who have sought out these
silent movie stars in their twilight years and recorded their
memories deserve some praise. No, there are not going to be any
great revelations, but it's the closest we will come to sitting
down with these legends and reminiscing about those days that
are fading more and more into the distant past, especially since
almost everyone connected with the silent era is gone. As for
Villecco's book specifically, it is excellent - well written and
never trying to bit off more than he can chew. There's no attempt
to review a star's entire career, only a casual conversation with
selected comments about their lives and careers. Easy, interesting
reading with a generous scattering of photos and complemented
with very nice filmographies that include dates, studios, credits
and cast. Villecco's dozen include Baby Peggy, Priscilla Bonner,
Virginia Cherrill, Pauline Curley, Jean Darling, Douglas Fairbanks
Jr., Francis Lederer, Molly O'Day, Anita Page, Charles "Buddy"
Rogers, David Rollins and Andrew Stone.
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