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Motion Picture
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April-May 1920

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BOOK REVIEW

Motion Picture Magazine, Volume XIX, Number 3-4, April-May 1920
Digital facsimile produced by Rich Olivieri

Sunrise Silents : Middletown, Rhode Island : 2005
No ISBN number : 148 pages : CD-R disc in keep case : $14.95

Reviewed by Carl Bennett
pageThis digital facsimile edition of a Motion Picture Magazine issue from 1920 is packed with articles, photos, film novelizations, and trade and commercial advertisements. Motion Pictures was the top fan film magazine of the silent era in the United States, and often relayed facts (and sometimes billious exaggeration) on films, actors and directors.

This issue contains articles on Lillian Gish, Spottiswoode Aitken, Nigel Barrie, Ethel Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. Carter DeHaven, Emma Dunn, John Emerson and Anita Loos, Rockcliffe Fellowes, Pauline Frederick, Alice Joyce, Harold Lloyd, Edmund Lowe, Antonio Moreno, Jean Paige, Dorothy Phillips, Mary Pickford, Jackie Saunders, Anita Stewart and others, illustrations of Lillian Gish, plus featured photographs of Betty Blythe, Vincent Coleman, Mildred Davis, Virginia Faire, Corinne Griffith, Madge Kennedy, Alla Nazimova, Lucille Stewart, Gloria Swanson and Pell Trenton. Of additional interest are the fictional stories based on The Walk-Offs (1920), The Woman Gives (1920) and Paris Green (1920), and the series of short cinema tidbits in “The Screen Time-table,” and film reviews in “Our Animated Movie Monthly of News and Views” and “Across the Silversheet” of It Pays to Advertise (1919), When the Clouds Roll By (1919), Eyes of Youth (1919), The Gamblers (1919), A Virtuous Vamp (1919), What Every Woman Learns (1919), The Golden Shower (1919), Luck in Pawn (1919), Hawthorne of the USA (1919) and Heart o’ the Hills (1919). As always, some of the ads are a hoot.

We examined the edition on a Macintosh OS X computer with a DVD/CD drive. The Javascript-controlled, web-browser dependent disc operated as intended with OS X browsers Safari, Camino and Firefox. The disc should function properly in Windows browsers.

The page scans are clear and free of moirés, especially in the largest views, and all body type in the magazine in readable in all three page view sizes.

We are pleased with the ongoing production of facsimile editions of publications from the silent era. Some publications may survive only in a single copy, others may be rare but obtainable from specialty dealers (as is the case with this magazine). Collectors and historians alike can have ready access to contemporary reference materials in this digital form.

We recommend this CD-R edition of a typical issue of Motion Picture Magazine.

 
SUNRISE SILENTS has discontinued business and this digital publication is OUT-OF-PRINT.
 
 
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