Contributor's Corner: Silent or Sound; Which Is Superior Storytelling?
During the dawn of Viddy Well, we asked each interested contributor to fill out the same questionnaire. The questions spanned from grave to goofy, but the replies were nearly always unexpected. This week we'll take a look at the following question:
Which is superior, silent film or talkie (sound)?
Silent film is superior because actors had to convey raw emotion to the audience. Directors also had to work extra hard to get their point across to elicit their vision for their film.
I'd say talkie. I think dialogue is where it's at. I think it's harder to connect with people in silent films.
Silent. If you can show without telling, you're the superior storyteller. To be fair, though, silent films did predominantly lean on title cards; however, I think some of the best and most touching sequences are shown without dialogue, like the opening of UP, Wall-e, or There Will Be Blood, the chase sequence from The Kid, or elevator scene in Drive.
....talkie? Let me lace up my Oxfords, spin on my bowler, and do the Charleston down to the nickelodeon.
What do you think? Which do you think is superior? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and as always, remember to viddy well!