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Not much is known about Robert William Hughes, the filmmaker behind the Silent Film Star series. Not to be confused with the Virginian lawyer of the same name, Robert Hughes was born in 1895. He lived a poor life and slowly worked his way into the film industry with the help of friends. Working day and night, sometimes for no pay at all, Robert learned all there was to know about the industry at the time.

When he finally had an opportunity to write and direct his first picture, he felt a desire for his films to resonate with the public in ways that other films did not, and so turned to the macabre and bizarre for storytelling. From the living dead to Satan's minions to corrupted cults, Hughes's films were always met with controversy and disdain.

Many years later, we may see what the filmmaker was truly trying to grasp at with his films. The stories and thematic elements were merely metaphors for change, racism, the role of the government, and other such hot topics of the time. The Silent Film Star in his films represented the everyman, confronted with the world and all its myriad problems. There was no name for the Star, as it is commonly felt that the Star was simply an extension of the viewer.

Robert William Hughes died in 1951, just before the first televised color broadcast in the United States. It is said that he left behind a daughter, but the lineage is hard to follow as the two of them never saw eye to eye and she married early after her parents' divorce.

There is still much to learn about Robert William Hughes. This area of the site will be updated periodically as new info is produced.

 

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