The film industry has come from far dating as early as the 18th century. With the development in technology the industry is set for further advancement. The genres of films have also increase from the ancient moving pictures, to silent movies, comedies, instrumental movies, horrors and action respectively capturing the minds of large audiences. Actors have made fortunes out of acting, with each going for the genre that best fits their talent. Of interest to this article are silent movies and more precisely the elements of silent movies.


As the genre suggests, these movies are bound to be silent. The silence in this movie should not be taken to mean that there are no sounds in these movies. Basically, it is the actors that do not speak verbally or if they speak, the audience does not get to hear them. However, there is communication in other forms.


This is the primary form of communication among the actors in silent movies. Facial expressions and body movements go a long way in sending information.

Music and sounds

These movies have sounds and music. This is the key reason why I introduced the first point by saying that the word silent should not be taken to mean that there are no sounds completely. The music is used to blend with the current mood of a scene or play. It creates the intended emotions on the audience and therefore achieving the key purpose of the film. Sounds are used for various purposes like creating humor and most importantly, they aid in interpretation of the theme of the movie.


The 18th and 19th centuries were the peaks of silent movies. During this time and just as it remained for a very long time, silent movies were unanimously in black and white. However, technology has changed this trend as silent movies approach modern trends closer and closer.