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Hardback Edition ISBN: 978-1-906263-67-6

 

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REVIEWS

 

"In this attractively presented text, Jonathan Croall examines, with clarity and panache, all aspects of the British contribution to silent film and the ups and downs of its switch to sound. Jonathan Croall is a man of letters and theatre... He brings to his task a knowledgeable head and an affectionate heart. It makes for a most absorbing read."

Eric Midwinter, The Third Age

 

"...lovely written and hugely informative book..."

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'I enjoyed reading it very much. What a wonderful tribute from son to father.' Brian Attwood, Editor, The Stage
 

 

 

JONATHAN CROALL

FORGOTTEN STARS

MY FATHER AND THE BRITISH SILENT FILM WORLD

 

SYNOPSIS

Following the sensational success of the silent film The Artist, author Jonathan Croall, best known for his widely praised theatrical biographies of John Gielgud and Sybil Thorndike, now focuses on the career of his father - John Stuart.

John Stuart was one of the most popular stars of the British silent cinema, a screen lover who starred opposite all the leading actresses, an actor whose fan club was equal to that of Ivor Novello. Yet although a few of his 55 silent films survive, like most other stars of the 1920s he is all but forgotten today. Now, drawing on a unique family archive, Jonathan Croall has brought his father back into the spotlight, charting his rapid rise to stardom in vivid detail. He also brings to life many other stars of the day, while exploring the work of directors such as the young Alfred Hitchcock, Maurice Elvey, Anthony Asquith and Victor Saville.
 
In Forgotten Stars he examines the stars’ working conditions, sheds light on the physical perils of filming, and looks at the pressures the stars faced from their fans, the press, and the lure of Hollywood. He also explores the arguments then raging about the rival merits of stage and screen, and describes the devastating impact of the arrival of the ‘talkies’, which affected so many careers, many of them tragically.


 
Jonathan Croall is the author of twenty books, including Sybil Thorndike: A Star of Life; Buzz Buzz! Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre;The Coming of Godot: A Short History of a Masterpiece (nominated for the 2005 Theatre Book Prize); Peter Hall’s ‘Bacchai’ (Oberon); and Hamlet Observed and Inside the Molly House (National Theatre). His latest books are the widely acclaimed biography John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star and Gielgoodies! The Wit and Wisdom (and Gaffes) of John Gielgud.

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

7th November 2013  Waterstones Putney 6pm

Talk and Book Signing

Local biographer Jonathan Croall returns to the shop for his latest book. 'Forgotten Stars' is both a memoir on the author's father's career and a look at how cinema's transition from silent films to 'talkies' impacted well-known actors at the time. Croall's talks are always fascinating so sign up for the event by speaking to one of the booksellers.
 

 

 

 

 


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