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Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about silent film

Frequently asked questions about silent film


This page contains links to the most recent versions of the FAQs for the Usenet newsgroup alt.movies.silent. If you don't find what you're looking for in one, try reading the others.

The FAQs were written by Rick Levinson <Rick.Levinson@sympatico.ca> and edited and formatted by Emily Way <emily@vex.net>. Please direct all questions, comments, suggestions, and so forth about the FAQs' content to Rick or Emily. If there is a problem with the format or posting of the FAQs, please contact Emily.

Thanks to all the silent film newsgroup posters and emailers who helped create these FAQs.

There are four FAQs, addressing the following questions:

FAQ 1: alt.movies.silent

  1. What is alt.movies.silent for?
  2. Is it okay to post about talkies?
  3. Some newsgroups are really courteous. Others are nasty. How does the silent film newsgroup rate?
  4. Is it okay to buy, sell, and swap films on the newsgroup?
  5. What are the recurring in-jokes and threads?
  6. What do some of the terms and abbreviations mean?
  7. How do I catch up on the newsgroup if I've missed a couple of weeks?
  8. Is it okay to ask whether a certain film still exists?

FAQ 2: Online resources for silent film

  1. What are some links to Web sites about silent film?
  2. What are some links to Web sites about silent film stars?
  3. Is it okay to copy scanned images off a Web site?
  4. What are some links to Web sites containing clips of silent films?
  5. Where on the Internet can I buy and sell silent film memorabilia?

FAQ 3: Books and documentaries about silent film

  1. What are some good books about silent film?
  2. What are the best documentaries about silent film?

FAQ 4: Watching silent films

  1. Which silent films are considered "required viewing"?
  2. Were any silents made in colour?
  3. Where do I buy silent films?
  4. How do I find out about theatrical screenings and TV showings of silent film?

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Rick Levinson (Rick.Levinson@sympatico.ca) and Emily Way (emily@vex.net)
Last updated February 15, 2002