Here are some facts about the 'early' days of cinema and below those facts is a guide of films to watch during the silent era of cinema. So read on and maybe learn a thing or two.
- Louis Le Prince was the inventor who shot the first moving picture on paper film using a single lens camera.
- John Ford, the famed director, his salary in 1926 was $1,750 weekly. (Source: An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928)
- Buster Keaton's first feature film was "The Butcher Boy."
- In 1920 the cost of a big budgeted film would cost $119,158.38 (Source: The Twenties: Fords, Flappers & Fanatics, edited by George E. Mowry).
- Average length of a movie in 1910 was 3 reels which was about 30 minutes.
- The first film school was in Russia, which is now known as the The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.
Silent Movies to Watch:
Here are just some movies that personally think are important to watch, they come from the silent era of cinema:
- "Orphans of the Storm"
- "The General"
- "The Sheik"
- "The Kid"
This list is very helpful and it'll give you a good guideline on what to watch!: The Top 100 Silent Movies.
So those are some facts and some movies to watch. If you haven't already, get into some classics especially from the silent era.