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They Spoke Without Talking!

In Billy Wilder’s classic take on Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard (1950), silent movie star, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), nails it when she proudly tells screenwriter, Joe Gillis (William Holden), about actors in the time of silent pictures , “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!” As if to prove her point further, here is a stunning collection of photographs of some of the famous stars from Hollywood’s silent era. Yes Ms Desmond, we solidly agree – you all did have faces then!

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks

Pola Negri

Pola Negri

Clara Bow

Clara Bow

Douglas Fairbanks Sr

Douglas Fairbanks Sr

John Barrymore

John Barrymore

Rudolf Valentino

Rudolf Valentino

John Gilbert

John Gilbert

Photos courtesy commons.wikimedia.org

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