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 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm reading that Harold Lloyd thought that audiences could be "re-conditioned" to accept silent movies in general release (as opposed to art-house screenings). It never happened in his lifetime.

I think THE ARTIST was fluke of some kind. I haven't seen any mainstream releases of silent movies since. Unless there's some kind of queer disease that takes out sound-output devices of any kind, I don't think we'll see them again - which is too bad.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Don't forget Mel Brook's Silent Movie, 1976.

And Coppola's restoration of Napoleon.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

You had moving film without sound the people loved it, but then you added sound to a moving picture and people loved it better and the silent's never had a chance. So unlike sound films, most silent films would become lost because there was not a big market for them to survive. With sound films there always was. Theatres, rereleases, TV cable Tv, video dvd etc etc .It is a shame because anyone who have watched a silent film knows it has an artistic talented style that one with a little patience can enjoy. But like so many things since civilization began, there is a time to flourish and a time to bow out. But at least they did not become extinct like so many other things and can be enjoyed in one's life if one choose to. The amount of films that have survive should satisfy a fan for a lifetime.It is a shame though so many did get lost in time.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Does anybody remember Spike Milligan's short in 'The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins', that wonderful comedy?

Seven directors and writers wrote seven scenarios to denote the seven deadly sins. Spike was assigning 'Sloth' and chose a B&W silent short format with tinkly ivories playing.

He played an old man in a dirty raincoat who sees an apple, Isaac Newton style, on a tree. We see him lust after the apple, then, being too lazy to climb the tree or fetch a ladder, he lies down under the tree and waits until the apple will fall into his open mouth.

He waits so long, like Rip Van Winkle, that he grows a long grey beard. The apple eventually falls on him and kills him, so old and frail has he become.

Succinct, funny Milligan genius.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Don't forget Mel Brook's Silent Movie, 1976.

And Coppola's restoration of Napoleon.

There was also THE THIEF, starring Ray Milland, in 1952.

And, Chaplin's silent, MODERN TIMES, made in 1936, was reissued by United Artists in the early 1960s to surprisingly good business. (.....With even a soundtrack album on United Artists records......)

I suppose Gene Kelly's INVITATION TO THE DANCE, finally released by MGM in 1956, was also a silent, in a way, too......

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

This is a rather wonderful, recent 'silent' movie. Glorious score too.

The title is BLANCANIEVES in case the link doesn't work.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I've been to a few Carl Davis 'live' screenings of Chaplin Films in recent years namely 'The Kid' and 'Modern Times', which went down well with the audience, so there seems to be some sort of market for that.

I've recently been going through my DVD collection of Chaplin, starting with the BFI restored versions of the Keystones, right through to his feature films. It is a sad loss that few people seem interested in them anymore.

For anyone who is interested, I can't recommend that Keystone collection enough. BFI done a fantastic job of restoring the prints. Reasonably priced to boot.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

And there was one of the outstanding episodes of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" called "Hush" in which everyone lost the ability to speak until the very end.

Phenomenal television.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

There was also an episode of Frasier which - for the first several minutes of that episode - featured a wonderfully-performed silent sequence by David Hyde Pierce....I'm at work so can't hunt for it on YouTube or anything, but it's worth seeing...a talented guy anyway, but that sequence gave me a new respect for him.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   Paul Ettinger   (Member)

..and there was THE TWILIGHT ZONE Season 3 episode of ONCE UPON A TIME starring Buster Keaton acting like Buster Keaton. Not quite silent but its pretty close. An original 'silent-style' score by William Lava.

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