A Quote on Thursday

Kevin Brownlow

Kevin Brownlow:

“The silent film was not only a vigorous popular art; it was a universal language – Esperanto for the eyes!”

Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Geoffrey Parfitt:

“Never take a blind date to a silent film!”

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino in Rex Ingram’s The Sheik

Rudolph Valentino:

“To generalize on women is dangerous. To specialize on them is indefinitely worse.”

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton:

“From the time I was 7 or 8 years old, we were the roughest knockout act that was in the history of the theater, not only in the United States but all over Europe as well. We used to get arrested every other week – that is, the old man would get arrested. The first crack out of the box here in New York state, the Keith office raised my age two years, because the original law said that no child under 5 could even look at the audience, let alone do anything. So they said I was 7. And the law read that a child can’t do acrobatics, can’t walk a wire, can’t juggle – a lot of these things – but there was nothing said in the law that you can’t kick him in the face or throw him through a piece of scenery. On that technicality, we were allowed to work, although we’d get called into a court every other week, see.”

David Lean

David Lean

David Lean:

“Nowadays, if you look up Ingram’s record, you see him described as ‘a great pictorialist’. You know, they accuse me of being pictorial. It probably has to do with Rex Ingram. Anyway, I’m really grateful for it.”


Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee