“…I was very proud of the way I tried to make people accept watching a silent movie. It’s very complex, to start with that sequence and the torture and the hero is like, “I won’t say a word. I won’t speak.” And the audience wants him to speak, but then it’s an action sequence so they accept not having dialogue because it’s action and they’re used to it. There’s also music and the orchestra, so in a way it’s between [a silent film and a talkie] and then the movie ends, the music stops and there is the first real silence. You see George hear something, the people in the crowd are applauding but you don’t hear [the clapping] and I think it’s there that the audience accepts it being a silent film.”
Why can’t there be more silent films? These type of films are where one can truly appreciate all the work brought into the film. This medium finally allows the viewer to find a deeper meaning in the movie through the camera angles, costumes, musical score (if they are involved) and scenery. Once you finish watching a silent film you really come away with a more broadened sense of understanding. This way you learn more than you could have possibly expected.