Silent film comedy. Media library

Silent film comedy. Media library

Slava Polunin is a master clown legend, the creator of the famous Slava’s Snowshow and the creative laboratory “Moulin Jaune” (France). In the very childhood, Slava Polunin realized that he wanted to become a clown.

“I was eleven. I sobbed my heart out all night because my mother turned off the TV and wouldn’t let me finish Chaplin’s The Kid. But the next day I knew exactly what I wanted to do in life”.

Slava Polunin

For 50 years, Slava Polunin has been collecting books about clownery, pantomime, carnivals and holidays. The collection contains more than 10,000 most significant books from all over the world and 5,000 films in various media.

With the International Comedy Festival “FINC” in mind we will show a collection of books and films on silent comedy, as the Festival is dedicated to this topic in 2022.

Silent Comedy Media Collection

Feature and documentary films, books, posters from 1914 to 2022

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish Catalan, Russian, Romanian

Autobiographies, biographies, albums, bibliography, analytics, theory



Best 19 books about silent comedy

Kerr, Walter. The Silent Clowns.. Alfred A. Knopf, 1975
Haining, Peter. Legend of Charlie Chaplin. W.H. Allen / Virgin Books, 1982
Chaplin, Charlie. My life in pictures. Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1975
Francis, David, and Raoul Sobel. Chaplin: Genesis of a Clown. Quartet Books, 1977
Keaton Buster, Charles Samuels. My Wonderful World Of Slapstick. Da Capo Press, 1982
Keaton Eleanor, Jeffrey Vance. Buster Keaton Remembered. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001
Kline, Jim. The Complete Films of Buster Keaton. Citadel Pr, 1993
Keaton Buster, Charles Samuels. La Mécanique du rire. CAPRICCI, 2014
Vance, Jeffrey, and Suzanne Lloyd. Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002
Stout, Harold Lloyd;Wesley W. An American Comedy by Harold Lloyd. Dover Publications Inc., 1946
Maud, Linder. Les dieux du cinema muet : max linder. Atlas, 1998
McCabe, John. Laurel & Hardy. Excalibur Books, 1975
Gronenborn, Klaus. Karl Valentin, Filmpionier und Medienhandwerker. Henschel Verlag, 2007
Sennett, Mack. King of Comedy. Mercury House, 1990
Louvish, Simon. Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett. Faber and Faber, 2003
Hayde, Michael, and Harter, Chuck. Little elf- a celebration of Harry Langdon. BearManor Media, 2012
Ward, Richard Lewis. History of the Hal Roach Studios. Southern Illinois University Press, 2006
Dutton, Julian. Keeping Quiet: Visual Comedy in the Age of Sound. Chaplin Books, 2012

About the Library of the Academy of Fools

The Library of the Academy of Fools covers the entire history of clowning since the beginning of humans and gods. We’d like to draw your attention to the list of classification headings in the library. It shows how millennium after millennium clowns travel the world.

  • Archaic clowns. Tricksters and shamans
  • Antiquity. Mimes and clowns
  • Middle Ages. Jesters and fools
  • Renaissance. Commedia dell’arte
  • Age of Enlightenment. Circus clowns
  • Modern. Cabaret and music-hall clowns
  • Movie clowns
  • Postmodern. New clowns
  • Clowns in life
  • School of clowning
  • Philosophy of laughter
  • Carnivals and celebrations
  • Pantomime and physical theatre
  • Street theatre

How to get to the library?

We invite actors, directors and researchers to Slava Polunin’s library.

Send us an email and tell us about your project:

We will inform you in response when and how you can take a close look at the collection.

Address: Moulin Jaune. 1 Sente du Moulin Nicole, Crecy-la-Chapelle, France 77580