Richard G. Vignola

Robert G. Vignola – photos and quotes

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“There isn’t another location in the world so consistently suited for producing motion pictures as Los Angeles. Being a director, I can speak from the director’s point of view. The light and the clearness of the atmosphere cannot be beaten anywhere. These make for fine photography which is a most necessary element of motion pictures. […]

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Horace G Plimpton

Horace G. Plimpton

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“I do not believe the great vogue of the stage star on the screen is going to last. I have never encouraged it at the Edison plant; in fact, I have been against it. I believe the players who are trained in picture work can better portray a given character than one comes to it […]

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Ned Finley

Ned Finley – photos and quotes

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“You know, most anybody can be nice, but you’ve got some work ahead of you to make everybody in the audience honestly hate you. The villains generally have the best acting parts in the story. They make the situations for the hero-boys, and make them stand out. If you want to see a leading man lose […]

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John Emerson

John Emerson – photos and quotes

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“I was looking for plays – fairly desperate because I could find nothing that suited me. I saw some of Miss Loos‘ work and said, ‘There’s the thing I want’….You must admit that Miss Loos is a wonder at titles. She is rather young to be called a mother, but I call her the mother […]

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Elsie Jane Wilson

Elsie Jane Wilson – photos and quotes

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“Is directing a man’s work? – I shall say it is!….Oh, my dear, you can’t imagine the money I’ve spent this summer on freckle cream!” — Elsie Jane Wilson Source: Frances Denton (1918)   “I appeared in the famous English Christmas Pantomimes every year…All of which was the best possible training for the pictures…Mr. Julian […]

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Ida May Park Dorothy Phillips

Ida May Park – photos and quotes

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“It was because directing seemed so utterly unsuited to a woman, that I refused the first company offered me. I don’t know why I looked at it in that way, either. A woman can bring to this work splendid enthusiasm and imagination; a natural love of detail and an intuitive knowledge of character. All of […]

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Marshall Neilan

Marshall Neilan – photos and quotes

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“The permanent photoplay of the future will be composed of these elements: A play written by a scenario writer, rather than a dramatist; directed by a motion picture director and played by a motion picture cast. The sooner stage stars who have come into the pictures merely for the big money, get out of it, […]

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Frank Lloyd 1917

Frank Lloyd – photos and quotes

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“When I was assigned to make ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ with William Farnum as my star, I felt that last my opportunity had come. I was face to face with the realization of every motion picture’s dream, a chance to make a ‘big picture.’ I began to imagine all sorts of wonderful scenes, the […]

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Jeanie MacPherson

Jeanie MacPherson – photos and quotes

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“In Paris, I wrote poetry, French poetry, very bad indeed. But friends assured me my center of song rested below my brain, so I went to Chicago to become a grand opera singer. Vocal work there made me suspicious of my friends. Then I went into caucus with myself, and the result was a visit […]

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C. Gardner Sullivan

C. Gardner Sullivan – photos and quotes

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“We can never break entirely away from the spoken drama, for while the fundamental difference between the two classes of dramatic construction lays in their manner of presentation, the photoplay can never be strictly pantomime, because the subtitle must substitute for the spoken word.” – C. Gardner Sullivan, writer and producer. Source: Alfred A. Cohn […]

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