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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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Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla, professionally known as Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926), was an Italian-born American actor who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. An early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, he was known as the "Latin Lover" or simply as "Valentino". He had applied for American citizenship shortly before his death, which occurred at age 31, causing mass hysteria among his female fans and further propelling him into iconic status.

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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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