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- n. A film with no synchronized recorded sound, especially spoken dialogue.
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Originally invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris as a “restorative” cocktail, it was named after Mary Pickford, the silent film star who, despite her nickname, “America’s Sweetheart,” must have really known how to tie one on.
Had Irene and Vernon Castle done a silent film in, say, 1921?
Just last month, Ms. Félix-Didier said, a print was found of a Soviet-era silent film long thought to have been lost: Yevgeny Chervyakov's 1928
The secret passage was a legacy of Edmund Wyngate, the whimsical silent film star who had overseen the castle’s rebuilding eighty years ago.
But she was determined not to follow the example of the former silent film star and wife of their colleague Jeno Szatmary who called all her friends for help when they dragged her husband from his bed at midnight and who, as a result, was deported to an internment camp somewhere in the countryside.