Questions tagged [silent-movie]

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 expression.

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Did silent film actors actually say their lines or did they simply improvise “dialogue” while being filmed?

Been watching some old Buster Keaton films. And—as is the case with silent films—there are title cards that convey setting, place and even show a few lines of dialogue that have been said by the ...
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How are intertitles (title cards) denoted in silent movie scripts?

Most modern film scripts tend to have very strict formatting with regards to action, characters, and dialogue. Yet I cannot find many silent film scripts which denote title cards in the screenplay. ...
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How did they make cars fall apart in old movies?

A staple of old Buster Keaton/Laurel and Hardy films is the car that falls completely apart, either when closing one of the doors or even when driving, like so: How exactly did they pull these ...
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Cop chasing thief silent film trope

I'm looking for an example of a trope I know clearly in my mind but can't find a specific example to. I feel like I've seen it in numerous silent films but can't find it anywhere: A woman is being ...
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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 ...
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Was Buster Keaton really Charlie Chaplin's rival?

I found a lot of materials recently researching on silent movies and one of them caught my attention. In the Brazilian wikipedia, an article about Buster Keaton says: [...] was an American actor ...
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How to find the script (screenplay) of old silent movies? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the script of D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, and it seems that nobody has it on the internet. Is there a movie database out there from which I can get the text of old movies (...
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How can I find out if a movie/series is still restricted by copyright?

My understanding is that determining copyright is not always as simple as adding a number of years to the date a movie was first released/a series was first aired. What resources are there to ...
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Silent film created after 1990

As we know, "The Artist" was recognized as the best film of 2012 in the Oscar Awards. Is this the first try to create silent film in last 20 years or have there been silent films made without such ...
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Origin of the Mustache Twirling Villain

Whenever someone thinks about silent cinema the image of the laughing villain, twirling his mustache, and tying the hapless blonde beauty to the railroad, pops up in our collective memory. But in ...