Edward Lorusso In THE SILENT FILMS OF MARION DAVIES, lovingly has compiled a wonderfully intelligent chronology of each of Marion Davies30 silent motion pictures, complete with production notes, story synopsis, cast and crew listings, minimal reviews, and glorious stills and black & white and color advertising promotion from each film.Not a comprehensive biography by any stretch, THE SILENT FILMS OF MARION DAVIES is a thorough accounting of Davies's silent film cannon. There is not a great deal of production history, in depth shooting schedule, or contemporary Hollywood history given in the narrative. But that is not the point of Lorusso's work.
Edward Lorusso is a writer, film historian, and avid classic film collector. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with B.A. and M.A. degrees in English. He earned his Ph.D. in Modern American and British Literature from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at the University of Maine, University of New Mexico, and Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado. Along with collecting and writing about class films, he has produced several silent-film restorations, including "The Restless Sex" (1920) and "Enchantment" (1921); the latter film was broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in November 2014. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he worked as a science writer and editor and also managed an education outreach program for climate research stations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Nauru. He resides in Maine.