These on-line selections from the work of American cinematographer John W. Boyle (1891-1959) offer a wide sample of his oeuvre during the “Silent Era” of American filmmaking. He shot many of the films of the great Silent Era star Theda Bara and her favorite director J. Gordon Edwards, and also many westerns, work reflected here in the digital images scanned from photographs in the John W. Boyle Stills and Photograph Collection. The selections, although perhaps not unique, are in many cases rare. For example, the majority of the films of Theda Bara have been lost, making the stills and photographs of the Boyle collection—now digitized—historically valuable documentation of her films. Other Silent Era stars documented here include Albert Roscoe, William Farnum, and Louise Lovely. Besides stars, the images also provide behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking in the Silent Era, including sets, equipment, and crews.
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