Films are considered a major source of entertainment by many people worldwide. Films are used in educating and preservation of some cultures. They are source of leisure and keep people occupied while entertaining them. The history of film dates back to the time were sound was not easy to be incorporated to a film. Many innovations have been made in the film industry enabling the production of quality films. The silent film era was the period when movies were produced without sound and comprised of only motion pictures. The period was between the years 1825 to 1929.the movies were seen as primitive by some people and were mostly watched by the low standard people. Film makers did not synchronize sound for dialogue and therefore they adapted other methods to enable the films to be understood by the audiences.

Body language

Actors of the silent period greatly used facial expressions and body language in passing the intended message to the audience. The use of body language and facial expressions made actors to seem like overreacting to situations compared to modern actors. The overreacting situations were suitable for comedy films than drama, making more films produced during that era to be comedies.


Many theaters played live music while showing the silent films to its audience. This was meant to give the audience an emotion characterized by the actions taking place on the film. The live music came from pianists and orchestras. This prevented the audience from boredom and enhanced the understanding of the message. Other than the music in theaters and cinema halls, musicians performed on film sets during the shoots. The use of live music made films to be a major source of employment for instrumental musicians.


Most films employed the use of titles for a better understanding as they narrated story points and commented on the action. The titles were edited in various scenes of the movie. The use of titles replaced the in house interpreter who interpreted for the audience.