The Crystal Ball

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Pauline Frederick knows all and sees all. But sorry… no predictions from her.

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A number of prominent figures in the silent era made bold predictions about the future. Some of them were right on the money. Others, well… not so much.

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“The time will come, and in less than ten years… when the children in the public schools will be taught practically everything by moving pictures. Certainly they will never be obliged to read history again.”

(D. W. Griffith, in a 1915 article written for The Editor magazine, reprinted in Richard Dyer MacCann, The Silent Screen, page 16.)

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