Silent movies are dialogue-free movies generally of the early movie era, though some attempts to make them recently have been pursued. Could also refer to the film of the same name from 1976 by Mel Brooks, whose plot outlines comedically the pursuit of making a silent film as a director's artistic ...

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Why didn't silent movies have subtitles?

Why were there no subtitles in the beginning of cinematography in silent movies? I know about intertitles but why were subtitles not common then? Were people not able to read that fast or did ...