凯文·布朗洛是电影人、影史学家、电视纪录片制作者和作家。Brownlow is best known for his work documenting the history of the silent_era. Brownlow developed an interest in [[silent_film]] at the young age of eleven. This interest grew into a life-long passion for the cinema and a career spent documenting and restoring film. He is without question one of the most respected and admired historians of the early cinema and has rescued many a silent_film and its history from oblivion. His initiative and interest in seeking out and interviewing many largely forgotten, elderly film pioneers in the 1960s and 1970s is credited with preserving a priceless legacy of cinema that would have otherwise been lost.
The Parade’s Gone by…
In 1968 Brownlow’s first book about silent_film, The Parade’s Gone By…, was published. The book, which relied heavily on interviews with the leading actors and directors of the silent_era, launched him on his career as a film historian. Brownlow spent many years garnering support for the restoration of [[Abel_Gance]]’s 1927 [[French]] classic, [[Napoleon]], a “lost” epic film that used an early example of [[split screen]] or widescreen tryptych format that Gance called [[Polyvision]], and which was similar to the later [[Cinerama]]. Brownlow’s championing of this masterpiece eventually succeeded, and the restored, re-[[scored]] version was shown in London and New York in 1980 and 1981, with the director Gance just living to see the acclaim for his restored film. Even today Brownlow continues to add newly discovered and restored footage to this film.
During this period Brownlow began his successful collaboration with [[David Gill]] with whom he would produce several award winning documentaries on the [[silent_era]]. The first of these was [[Hollywood]], a 13-part history of the silent_era in Hollywood, produced for [[Thames_Television]] screened in Britain in 1979. This was followed by [[Unknown_Chaplin]] (1983) ([[Charlie_Chaplin]]), [[Buster_Keaton:_A_Hard_Act_to_Follow]] (1987) ([[Buster_Keaton]]), [[Harold_Lloyd:_The_Third_Genius]] (1989) ([[Harold_Lloyd]]), and [[Cinema_Europe:_the_Other_Hollywood]] (1996), among others. They also restored and released a large number of classic silent_films through the [[Thames_Silents]] series in the 1980s and 1990s, generally with new musical scores by [[Carl_Davis]].
Since David Gill’s death in 1997, Brownlow has continued to produce documentaries and conduct film restoration, in collaboration with Patrick Stanbury, at Photoplay Productions. The most recent of these are [[Garbo]], a documentary produced for Turner Classic Movies to mark the centenary of the [[actress’]] birth, and [[I_Am_King_Kong]] (2005), about filmmaker [[Merian_C._Cooper]].
How It_Happened_Here (The Book)
There is a book titled How It_Happened_Here (now re-issued by [[The_UKA_Press]]) about the making of It_Happened_Here, and the subsequent reception that the film received. Not only does it explain how two teenage boys made a feature film, it also explores the provocative social issues raised by the movie. Brownlow had allowed genuine [[British_Fascists]] to play themselves in the film, which raised the hostility of Jewish organizations. The book contains almost 100 pictures, mostly stills from the film, and an introduction by [[David Robinson (film critic and author)|David Robinson]].
- Nine, Dalmuir West (1962)
- [[It_Happened_Here]] (1966)
- Abel_Gance: The Charm of Dynamite (1968)
- [[Winstanley]] (1975)
- [[Hollywood]] (1979)
- Millay at Steepletop (1983)
- [[Unknown_Chaplin]] (1983)
- [[Buster_Keaton:_A_Hard_Act_to_Follow]] (1987)
- [[Harold_Lloyd:_The_Third_Genius]] (1989)
- D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993)
- Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (TV series 1996)
- Universal Horror (1998)
- Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)
- The Tramp and the Dictator (2002)
- Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004)
- So Funny It Hurt: Buster_Keaton & MGM (2004)
- Garbo (2005)
- I’m King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian_C._Cooper (2005)
- How It_Happened_Here. [[Doubleday]], 1968.
- The Parade’s Gone By…. [[Alfred_A._Knopf]], 1968.
- The War, the West and the Wilderness. [[Alfred_A._Knopf]], 1979.
- Hollywood, the Pioneers. [[William_Collins]], 1979.
- Napoleon: Abel_Gance’s Classic Film. [[Alfred_A._Knopf]], 1983.
- Behind the Mask of Innocence. [[Alfred_A._Knopf]], 1990.
- David Lean. [[Faber_and_Faber]], 1996.
- Mary Pickford Rediscovered. [[Harry_N._Abrams]], 1999.
- Kevin Brownlow
- 2004 Interview at the NFT
- Article by Dennis Doros Upon Brownlow’s receipt of the Mel Novikoff Award at the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival
- Kevin Brownlow: Introduction to Silents Brief program note by Brownlow for his lecture at the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival, includes photo of Brownlow
- Article: “Winstanley”; or, Kevin Brownlow Camps Out on St. George’s Hill 2003 by John C. Tibbetts
- Article: Between the Map and the Painted Landscape: Kevin Brownlow’s Historical Films by John C. Tibbetts
- History Repeating, Kevin Brownlow on His Obsessive Period Reconstructions article by Elliott Stein in the Village Voice 1999
- Sunday Times Article: Silents Please by Kevin Brownlow March 24, 2007
- Silent Films, What was the Right Speed? an article by Brownlow in Sight and Sound, Summer 1980
- Brownlow on Beckett (on Keaton) Article by Brownlow in Film West