Re: default silence versus intended silence

From: Myron Ort (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Oct 28 2009 - 09:58:22 PDT

It is often mentioned that "silent" films were meant to have live
performed sound tracks, organ, piano, orchestras, etc. Were any
early films actually meant to be shown truly silent by their
creators? What is known about this? Melies, Griffith, Eisenstein etc.
did they all prescribe music/sound for their film showings? If not,
what is the earliest known film truly meant to be shown
intentionally silent?

When, where, and how prevalent was it to show films in silence.
Obviously, as a film students for the most part we saw early silent
films without any soundtracks, live or otherwise. This was
widespread. How misleading was this typical experience? Now that I
recall, most all of the shows I attended in my youth at that little
movie theater across from my high school that showed Chaplin, Keaton,
etc. were always silent. I am thinking I was mislead......

default silence versus intended silence

Myron Ort

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