Portal:Silent film

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Silent film

Still of Bowditch Turner, Nigel de Brulier, and Rudolph Valentino in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, one of the most successful films of the silent era.

Silent films are a genre of films in and of themselves. Instead of using the voice to convey language, actors rely on their body language. Intertitles are also used to show meaning.

Silent films can be melodramas, comedies, swashbucklers, or any other genre you can imagine. The lack of voices in silent films is not a deficiency; it makes them unique and beautiful.

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Poster for the film
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1921 American silent epic war film produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and directed by Rex Ingram. Based on the Spanish novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, it was adapted for the screen by June Mathis. The film stars Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolph Valentino, Wallace Beery, and Alice Terry.

The film had a huge cultural impact, becoming the top-grossing film of 1921, beating out Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, and going on to become the sixth-best-grossing silent film of all time. The film turned then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and associated him with the image of the Latin Lover. The film also inspired a tango craze and such fashion fads as gaucho pants.

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Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame during the era of silent film. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

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Photoplay, October 1921
[Talking pictures are] like putting lip rouge on the Venus de Milo.
Mary Pickford, Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1934

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