I just fundamentally disagree with Teproc & St. Gloe. For me, it's devaluating the concept of a silent (era)
St. Gloede wrote: ↑November 9th, 2020, 3:16 pm
But we are not suggesting that we should stretch any definitions.
All we are suggesting is that a poll of silent films should be a poll of silent films, as opposed to placing a specific rule to purposefully exclude the few silent films that were made after the 30s.
It would be like having a musical poll, and decide that musicals made after the 60s or 70s aren't musicals.
First: Musical is a genre. Of course they never stopped, except maybe they stopped being cool for a while (or they never were
). (Opposed to film-noir, which in my eyes isn't a genre due to its random timely limitation)
With silent film, it's a totally different thing, it's not a genre.
It was the only technical possibility to make films
for the first 3 decades of their existence. The moment sound film was invented, silent film was dead and eradicated within a few years and it never came back. Except for 0,001% of experiments and gimmick stuff.
Producing a film with no use of dialogue is a deliberate decision these days, one the filmmakers of the 1910s and 1920s didn't have. And it clearly and absolutely shows in their style, which is why silent film is so unique. There's literally two periods of films: pre-sound and everything after. (The invention of color comes close, but doesn't change the game completely like that)
Speaking of all that .. sure it would be fun and interesting to collect "silent films" made after 1935, things that somehow resemble the early age of films or which decide to omit dialogue. Could give a funny novelty list.
But please don't mix them up with Caligari and Sunrise
Oh, and by the way, trick question: How many silent films did
filmmakers who were active during the silent period produce after 1935, especially if they already had been exposed to the making of talkies
? Has Fritz Lang ever been quoted with "Man, I'm sort of satisfied with The Big Heat
and Scarlet Street
, but what's it with all this talking? Imma head out for Metropolis 2, see ya later, jabberers!"