Monday, March 12, 2007

The growing re-popularity of Classic Silent Films

Cult classics, Budget films, public domain movies -- these are the fastest growing "fad" on the internet right now, and we're extremely happy to be a part of it.

We certainly can't ignore the films that started the motion picture industry in the first place -- films starring Charlie Chaplain, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, and so many others -- the Classic Silents.

The Classic Silents are now mostly part of the Public Domain, and are interesting to watch for many reasons. For some, it's the historical value, allowing us to peek in the windows of yesteryear for a glimpse of what life was like a century ago. For others, it's the artistic value of the actors and actresses being able to relate a story without using words, similar to mime. (Can today's actors do that?!)

The entertainment value alone is extraordinary, and it's nice to be able to watch a movie (or, in the case of the silents, to also read it) and not have it ruined by erotic sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination, repeated sexual inuendos, slobbery kisses, or foul language.

The golden era of Cinema, including the silent era, was a time when the actors and actresses looked good, and despite the scandals of the time, still maintained, at least, a well dressed look. They dressed up for special occasions and awards, and had every hair in place.

Ah, yes, those were the days, weren't they?

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