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Silent Film Era

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Sára Mižová

on 18 December 2014

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the oldest surviving film (of the genera called pictorial realism) was created by Louis Le Prince in 1888
visual quality of silent movies—especially those produced in the 1920s—was often high, but nowdays many of these are barely watchable because of manual damage of the film stock
because silent films had no synchronized sound for dialogue, onscreen intertitles were used to narrate story points, present key dialogue and sometimes even comment on the action for the cinema audience
title writer
became a key professional in silent film and was often separate from the scenario writer
silent film
is a film with no synchronized recorded sound, especially with no spoken dialogue
the dialogue is transmitted through muted gestures, mimics and title cards
idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, synchronized dialogue was only made practical in the late 1920s
from the beginning, music was recognized as essential, contributing to the atmosphere and giving the audience vital emotional cues
showings of silent films almost always featured live music, starting with the guitarist, at the first public projection of movies by the Lumière Brothers on December 28, 1895 in Paris
silent film actors emphasized body language and facial expression so that the audience could better understand what an actor was feeling and portraying on screen
the ''standard silent movie speed'' is said to be 16 fps (but in reality it varied from 12 to 26 fps)
films of the silent era were frequently dyed various shades and hues to signal a mood or represent a time of day
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Big Parade (1925)
Ben-Hur (1925)
Way Down East (1920)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
The Circus (1928)
The Covered Wagon (1923)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The Ten Commandments (1923)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Silent Film Era
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