A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound, especially with no spoken dialogue. In silent films for entertainment the dialogue is transmitted through muted gestures, mime (US: pantomime) and title cards. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, synchronized dialogue was only made practical in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the introduction of the Vitaphone system. After the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, "talkies" became more and more commonplace. Within a decade, popular widespread production of silent films had ceased.
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... Many early motion pictures are lost because the nitrate film used in that era was extremely unstable and flammable ... Additionally, many films were deliberately destroyed because they had little value in the era before home video ... It has often been claimed that around 75% of silent films have been lost, though these estimates may be inaccurate due to a lack of numerical data ...
... The film is considered a lost film ... Around 1983 this lost Tom Mix film was found at a rummage sale by a retired armed forces veteran in Madison, Wisconsin ... He knew and had seen all the films offered at the rummage sale except for the Tom Mix title ...
... First, there was as an annual picnic event, then a silent film, a pageant and finally a symphonic outdoor drama ... Dare County School Superintendent Mabel Evans Jones awakened interest with a 1921 silent film of the historic events that she conceived, wrote and produced, and in which she starred ... The finished film toured across North Carolina ...
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Famous quotes containing the words film and/or silent:
“The average Hollywood film stars ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.”
—Katharine Hepburn (b. 1909)
“Duns at his lordships gate began to meet;
And brickdust Moll had screamed through half the street.
The turnkey now his flock returning sees,
Duly let out a-nights to steal for fees:
The watchful bailiffs take their silent stands,
And schoolboys lag with satchels in their hands.”
—Jonathan Swift (16671745)