Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Silent Films...

A silent film is a film with no synchronised recorded sound and no spoken dialogue. In the silent films music was played and people acted to the music and they did alot of dancing. with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, synchronised dialogue was only made practical in the late 1920s. The films included alot of live music and dancing and also with the lack of the natural colour processing available, films of the silent era were frequently dipped in dyestuffs and dyed various shades and hues to signal a mood or represent a time of day. Blue represented night scenes, yellow or amber meant day. Red represented fire and green represented a mysterious atmosphere. A combination of tinting and toning could be used as an effect that could be striking.

Well known and popular silent films:
  1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  2. The Big Parade (1925)
  3. Ben-Hur (1925)
  4. Way Down East (1920)
  5. The Gold Rush (1925)
  6. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  7. The Circus (1928)
  8. The Covered Wagon (1923)
  9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
  10. The Ten Commandments (1923)
  11. Orphans of the Storm (1921)
  12. For Heaven's Sake (1926)
  13. Seventh Heaven (1926)
  14. Abie's Irish Rose (1928)

 Scene from Broken Blossoms starring Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess, an example of sepia-tinted print.

Lillian Gish was a major star of the silent era with one of the longest careers, working from 1912-1987

Louise Brooks, a major star of the silent era films and was well known for the provocative nature and her acting with the attitude and the way she dressed and treated men as she was onlt interested in rich men but she only used them for their money.

The Artist

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.


Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. Written by L. Hamre

In 1927, in Hollywood, the star George Valentin is the pride and joy of the president of the Kinograph Studios Al Zimmer and worshiped by a legion of fans. Among them is Peppy Miller, who stumbles into George Valentin after the premiere of a silent film. Peppy kisses George and the photographers take pictures of them. The next morning, the headlines read "Who is that girl?" and Peppy is selected in a dancing audition to be an extra in a film. Over the next few years, Peppy climbs positions in the Kinograph Studios until the advent of talking pictures. Proud George Valentin does not believe in the 'talkies', breaks off with the studio and decides to produce and direct a silent film. The film is a complete failure and with the Great Depression, George Valentin falls and is bankrupt. Meanwhile Peppy Miller rises as new star of Kinograph Studios. But she never forgets her idol George Valentin. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Artist is a romantic French film released in 2011. It was said that it was the silent film that wouldn't do well due to the fact it is a silent film that had been made and released in the modern day and silent films were only a hit in the 1920s era as it was all they could create but the films meant more to people and they enjoyed them and tended to understand them more just for the music and dancing elements as it displayed famous and well known aspiring actresses wearing the typical 1920s fashion and the trends showing how they can be worn in different ways and how they can be styled in different ways to stand out and get attention but also look stylish and fashionable. Women liked the way the actresses were dressed but they wouldn't dress that way themselves as they believed they could only dress like that in films and it was only acceptable to the film industry as in the real world women's rights were knocked and were not the same as what they made out in the films with the way they were dressed and the manor in which they acted and treated men when women wouldn't do that due to their roles in society and their importance.

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