Amazingly enough, the public’s interest in silent films is making a comeback. Many of these older films have been digitally remastered for re-release and according to sales statistics, the companies marketing them are doing so quite profitably. This renewed interest has given new life to this historical art form providing an opportunity for all to share in the glory of early silent films.
Hollywood’s earlier silent films left the actors dependent on method acting or pantomime in order to convey their characters feelings to the audience. Occasionally, there were subtitles for their dialog, but they were quite short, insuring the audience would not be distracted by written words. Instead, more often than not, music played a big role in these otherwise silent films helping to convey the emotion related to a scene.
One tragic aspect of the silent film era was the fact that some of the public’s most loved stars were unable to make the transition into talking pictures. This was due to the difficulty audiences had adjusting to the actors real voices after having seen them in so many silent films often imaging how they would sound.
This is what I can tell you as fact. Having no voice forces you to listen closely to what a person is saying. Here’s another fact, most people use little thought when they are talking. The thoughtlessness of people is astounding. The trigger is pulled, the words fire out, the results are random. Words are great cover for hidden agendas. Believe me that when you listen, really listen to what a person is saying (it could be a question or a statement) it becomes transparent as to their meaning. You can see through the words and by intuition or intelligence know what the “real” question or statement is. That is a real asset having lost your voice. Here is the reason why: as a voiceless person, you are judicious with what you do “say” in a conversation.