All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film

Gregory Robinson


All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film

All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film

  • Title: All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film
  • Author: Gregory Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780988764552
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback



Anyone who watches silent movies will notice how often crashes occur trains, cars, and people constantly collide and drama or comedy ensues Gregory Robinson s All Movies Love the Moon is also a collision, a theater where prose, poetry, images, and history meet in an orchestrated accident The result is a film textbook gone awry, a collection of linked prose poems and imaAnyone who watches silent movies will notice how often crashes occur trains, cars, and people constantly collide and drama or comedy ensues Gregory Robinson s All Movies Love the Moon is also a collision, a theater where prose, poetry, images, and history meet in an orchestrated accident The result is a film textbook gone awry, a collection of linked prose poems and images tracing silent cinema s relationship with words the bygone age of title cards The reel begins with early experiments in storytelling, such as M li s A Trip to the Moon and Edison s The European Rest Cure, and ends with the full length features that contested the transition to talkies Of course, anyone seeking an accurate account of silent movies will not find it here Through Robinson s captivating anecdotes, imaginings, and original artwork, the beauty of silent movies persists and expands Like the lovely grainy films of the 1910s and 20s, All Movies Love the Moon uses forgotten stills, projected text, and hazy frames to bring an old era into new focus Here, movies that are lost or fading serve as points of origin, places to begin.


Recent Comments "All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film"

This book is as beautiful from the inside as it is from the cover. Conveniently condensing the entire Era of silent film into a wonderful collection of prose poems that accompany sample images of title cards. Robinson knows when to stick close enough to the subject to share his expertise, like with the infamous 1902 classic A Trip To The Moon:"poof! Obliterated. A ball of smoke. The same cloud hovered over Star Film Studios when Melies, watching his fortunes fall, set every reel, every mask, eve [...]

ALL MOVIES LOVE THE MOON by Gregory Robinson is an homage to silent films and to the "nine masters of curt phrasings" who wrote white on black captions that determined whether the film was comedy or tragedy. The reader glimpses the personalities of the era, such as D. W. Griffith, Theda Bara, Lon Chaney and Ralph Spence, caption writer extraordinaire. But the prose poems in this collection are a deft mixture of essays, contemplations and time traveler's notes. Moods change and time collapses so [...]

This book is brilliant in its own right and will make you want, as soon a you've finished it, to go out and immediately watch all the obscure silent films it mentions. A serving suggestion: read it alongside Kenneth Anger's Hollywoood Babylon.

Such a clever, playful meditation on the romance of the silver screen! Perfect for silent movie fans and for the silent movie-curious, and delightful for anyone amused by the foibles of human nature.

The dead come alive! Indeed they do. This book is magnificent. Each prose poem is a brilliant fusing of past with present. Some poems examine humanity’s apprehension of death while others examine our awareness of living. Even with such contrast, each silent film inspired poem dissolves smoothly to the next scene. This is an artistically crafted interpretation of title cards, snippets of history and silent films! I ADORED this book! A MUST READ!

3 1/2 stars.This one is a hard one for me to rate. As a person who loves silent film and poetry I was really excited to find a book that unites the two. Some of the poems In this collection I really connected with because I have seen the films they reference while Others didn't resonate with me as strongly because I haven't seen those particular films. I could still find aspects in those poems that were clever and intriguing but I have a feeling that they will hit me so much more when I've seen [...]

Film buffs will like this book, especially the way each prose poem mixes the contemporary hollywood landscapes with stills of title cards. Rose Metal Press did a beautiful job too capturing the old time beauty of those cards but blending it with the modernity of the writing. If you've watched "a train arriving at the station" or any of M's moon scenes, you'll be happy to read this one.

A beautiful looking book that was a delight to read. Information about silent movies is put up next to wonderful poetry inspired by them. You'll run to Youtube and watch the films after each poem is read.

Some of it is funny, some of it is nice, some of it's insightful, some of it is trite, some of it is silly, some of it is fun, some of it is thoughtful, some of it is dumb, sum of it is mystifying, some of it is dense, so the sum if this for me has got to be THE END.

Full review coming soon to alt-current.


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