The 18th century saw the inception of a very important era in the modern film industry. It is possible to say that there was a desert of film entertainment with the most popular form of this genre being “ the moving pictures” which was nothing much of just that – Moving pictures. After keen observation of the then trend and much lip biting and head scratching, the pioneers of films entertainment came up with a genre – the silent film.
A silent movie is one that does not have a sound track. This however, should not be understood plainly. Earlier, silent movies were completely silent in the literal sense. There were no any forms of sound from the movie, only actors with their gestures. After much deliberation by forerunners in this industry, it seems to have been a consensus that completely silent movies were not forthcoming. It was therefore very convenient to introduce some sound in the films but still retain the original intent of the genre, i.e. actors were not to verbally communicate.

The move to adjust silent movies to accommodate some elements of live performances that would better reflect events in the society was achieved in the following major ways:

Written dialogue

This is a dialogue between actors that is written on the screen for the purpose of the audience. Although the title of the movie is a good recipe for interpretation of the plot, some titles are very obscure and the audience has to watch the movie severally to get the gist of the movie let alone enjoy it. Words are therefore written on the screen to make the audience interpret the movie.

Background music

This music has made great contribution in the enjoyment of silent movies. It serves to build on the right mood of the movie dictated by the emotions that the music creates.