Two renowned silent screen historian discuss fifty prominent American silent feature films from the period 1912-1920. For each film, complete credits are provided, along with a synopsis and a critical/historical commentary. Supplementing the text is a dazzling array of still photographs from the productions under discussion. As well as examining prominent feature films of the period, including A Fool There Was, The Birth of a Nation, The Cheat, Civilization, Intolerance, A Tale of Two Cities, Stella Maris, Broken Blossoms, The Miracle Man, Male and Female, The Penalty, The Mark of Zorro, and The Kid, the authors take note of the directors (including D.W. Griffith, Sidney Olcott, Cecil B. DeMille, and Maurice Tourneur), and such dazzling stars of the decade as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, William S. Hart, Elsie Ferguson, Mae Marsh, Charlie Chaplin, Lon Chaney, Geraldine Farrar, Theda Bara, Blanche Sweet, and Alla Nazimova. The volume serves as both a textbook study of the pioneering American cinema and as a loving tribute to the art and history of the silent film in its formative years.