WHAT MAKES SILENT FILMS
It is interesting to know how diverse film is in conveying its message. Silent films are those without synchronized music. They might have a background sound to spur up some emotions or help in communication. However, this does not mean that actors do not communicate. The main means of communication is gestures and title cards where words appear on the screen.
Silent films have a long history dating back in the 19th century. With advancement of technology as well as the film industry, silent movies are becoming more and more silent. They are regarded to be old fashioned, this mainly attributed in their unique features. One feature of these films is lack of natural colors. Most silent movies are black and white, this feature has gone a long way in convincing people that they are of old era. Colors not only make scenes to appear real. Comedy is one genre that has perfectly been represented in silence. This is probably so because comic actions are easily expressed better than speech.
It is not possible to exhaustively talk about silent comedy without mentioning of Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin has featured in so many silent films one popular one being “The Gold Rush,” which he directed. In modern days, silent films have been revolutionized with perfection of styles and mode of delivery. These films are not as silent as they were some decades ago. A good example is the series of “Mr. Bean.” Although it can be put in the same basket of silent films, to some extent this comedy series has deviated from the conventions of silent films in several ways.
Firstly, the film is colored as oppose to other silent films
It has not only background music but also an audience and music.
Other Silent Movies include:
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)
Sunrise: A song of Two Humans (1928)
The General (19270
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1925)