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By John C. Tibbetts, James M. Welsh

Douglas Fairbanks and the yankee Century brings to lifestyles the most well-liked celebrity of his day, the personification of the Golden Age of Hollywood. At his height, within the children and twenties, the swashbuckling adventurer embodied the hot American Century of pace, chance, and competitive optimism. The essays and interviews during this quantity deliver clean views to his existence and paintings, together with analyses of movies by no means earlier than tested. additionally released the following 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 bright and strenuous exponent of the yank Century, whose dominant mode after 1900 used to be the mass advertising and marketing of a burgeoning democratic optimism, at domestic and in another country. in the course of these first a long time 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 previous international aristocrat and the recent global self-made man―tied to culture but emancipated from history―he built a uniquely American aristocrat striding right into a new age and sensibility.

This is the main entire account but written of the movie occupation 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 principally wealthy in its assurance of the early years of the star’s occupation from 1915 to 1920 and covers intimately a number of movies formerly thought of lost.

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