Rex IngramVisionary Director of the Silent Screen

Rex IngramVisionary Director of the Silent Screen

Ruth Barton

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780813147093

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Abstract

Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen tells the story of one of the most celebrated and forgotten directors of the silent film era. Born in late-Victorian Dublin, Ingram immigrated to America in his teens and studied sculpture at Yale. Lured by the opportunities on offer in the exciting world of New York’s moving picture industry, he abandoned his studies for the cinema. Worldwide success came in 1921 with The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring Alice Terry and Rudolph Valentino. One hit followed another, but for this obstinate perfectionist life in the newly organized Hollywood studio system was anathema, and he decamped, now married to Alice Terry, to the French Riviera to set up his own studios. In the early thirties, Ingram abandoned cinema for a life of travel and writing. By the time of his premature death in 1950, his was an all but forgotten name. Drawing on Ingram’s unpublished memoirs and newly obtained personal letters and films, this book aims to restore this visionary director to the fame he deserves.