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Performing Spiritualism in the Silent Cinema

  title={Performing Spiritualism in the Silent Cinema},
  author={Kendra Preston Leonard},
  • Kendra Preston Leonard
  • Published 2018
  • Art
  • The silent film era, usually defined as 1895-1927, coincided with a revival of belief in spiritualism in America. Desperate to find meaning in the deaths of the Great War and the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, the bereaved sought contact with the dead and evidence of an afterlife. Given this fascination with spiritualism, it is not surprising that the topic quickly became a favorite for filmmakers. This resulted in numerous moving pictures that featured the presence of spirits, which in turn… CONTINUE READING

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