Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's idiosyncratic, surreal, and often very funny works are often cited for their silent film sensibilities. Often compared to David Lynch's early works, Maddin's films are bizarre and post-modern, frequently including themes of unrequited love, murder, homoeroticism, inces
Both spiritual father and sustaining mother to an infant art, D. W. Griffith expanded the artistic horizons of audiences, safely shepherding cinema into adulthood and nurturing its unique language. Malcontent as a mere film actor, Griffith joined Biograph Studios in 1908 as a writer and director, del
Vienna-born actor, writer, and director Erich Von Stroheim worked mainly in the silent film genre (only one of his films was a "talkie"), but he seemed nevertheless to make a lot of noise. As an actor in Hollywood during World War I, he was often typecast as the leering, be-monocled Prussian villain.