It was marketed the same here, probably everywhere, because it's a gimmick, an homage, a replica of a films of the 1920s down to details. "It's like a true silent film, and that 90 years later, wow! Like taking a trip to the museum"; that's the joke about it. Imo it proves even more my point that silent film is not a genre like a musicalSt. Gloede wrote: ↑November 9th, 2020, 5:10 pm (It is the same in Norwegian btw, i.e. "stumfilm", but The Artist was still labelled a "stumfilm", and if it was to be placed on the same standard as silents from the 30s and earlier the one line of dialogue should not be an issue. Even Sunrise would be disqualified on that standard).
Because films like Pushpak or The Red Turtle and a few other animation films without dialogue won't be treated as such. Or at least they'll be treated very much as an oddity. When true silent films were made, in their own era, they were no oddities. ^^
I have to say the examples of insomnius are a damn good way to bring the concept into question. These (fantastic!) experimental films do feel, like perhaps also Prince Achmed (1926), a bit out of place compared to all the feature films with actors. But they will always looks avant-garde compared to anything non-avant-garde on any list, either, hehe.