Do you love old fashioned Hollywood glamour? I do, and given that the Oscars are right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to think about about old Hollywood a bit. I love the look of silent films – the sharp contrasts, the facial expressions, the flow. I never feel like I want to watch a silent film, but I’m always glad when I do. I think I get a bit too into the fast-paced ways of modern film, but when I slow down, silent film has a lot to appreciate and to savor.
Do you have any silent films that you love? Or silent film stars? I am not an expert on silent films, but I have enjoyed some of the classics. My ultimate silent film pick is Metropolis – an amazing futuristic yet art deco feeling movie. I definitely recommend it for anyone skeptical of silent films… it’s very engaging! I’ve also enjoyed the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from time to time, but that feels more like a “film class” sort of movie to me 🙂
As far as silent film stars go, of course Charlie Chaplin is one of my favorites. I also love Greta Garbo. I think the amount that silent films stars had to focus on the physical was amazing. I don’t know if there’s any modern actors who have the physical acting chops of someone like Chaplin. I also love how silent film stars relied so much on facial expressions!
If you were in a silent film, what would your name be? Take my latest quiz to find out! What’s Your Silent Film Star Name? Comment at let me know what you think of your result and who you’re rooting for this Oscar season!
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