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date: 20 June 2021

Introduction

All film is silent filmlocked

Introduction

All film is silent filmlocked

  • Donna Kornhaber

Abstract

Think about the last time you went to the movies. Whatever film you saw, it probably seems like it has little connection to cinema’s silent era, which ran from the invention of film recording and projection technology around 1895 until the worldwide introduction of synchronized sound in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The film you saw undoubtedly had spoken dialogue and sound effects: it was not silent at all. It probably had a swelling score. It was almost certainly in color. What relation could that film possibly have to the bygone era of silent pictures—that seemingly primordial cinematic age encapsulated in the idea of a black-and-white film dimly flickering on a screen while a lonely musician idly plays piano in the corner?...

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