They say pantomime’s a lost art. It’s never been a lost art and never will be, because it’s too natural to do.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
“I think that exhibition is an important part of film preservation and the audience participation is part of that as well. If you bring somebody whether it’s a date or kids, you’re helping to build the audience for these great films.”
Ben Model, silent film pianist, interviewed in Huntington Patch
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
The silent film was not only a vigorous popular art; it was a universal language – Esperanto for the eyes.
A visit to a cinema is a little outing in itself. It breaks the monotony of an afternoon or evening; it gives a change from the surroundings of home, however pleasant.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.