Re: My silent list

jon aubrey (porkstore@yahoo.com)
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:57:51 -0700 (PDT)

You're both right,
I could've sworn that both Vigo films mentioned
here were silents. There certainly is a very spare use
of dialogue in them, to great effect. Then there's the
case of the 1989 "silent" Sidewalk Stories by Charles
Lane, which, if memory serves (and it probably
doesn't) holds back all its use of sound for the last
sequence, also to great effect.

Thanks For The Wake Up Calls,
Jon A.

> You're right, Oksana...
> Even more than M, Zero plays in the mind as a
> silent... It's odd how
> effective the sparing use of sound can be. In films
> such as Zero and M
> this was probably an expedient strategy in the face
> of a cranky new
> technology...nonetheless, it works wonderfully
> (still). One can't help
> lament where movies have gone with their punched-up,
> over-Dolbyized, aural
> assaults.

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