A silent film is a film with no synchronized soundtrack, particularly no spoken dialogue. Any dialogue is communicated via mime actions or title cards. The release of The Jazz Singer, the first talkie, in 1927 heralded the end of the silent film era. The 2011 Academy Award-winning silent film, The Artist, explores the effect the arrival of the talkies had on a famous silent film actor and the film industry in general. It is thought that over 70% of US silent films have been lost, either by being deliberately destroyed or due to the volatile nature of the cellulose nitrate film on which they were recorded.
The most famous silent film actor, Sir Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin, was born in London on this day in 1889. Chaplin’s career spanned 75 years, from his childhood to shortly before his death in 1977. He achieved worldwide fame and wealth with his silent film persona, The Tramp. Chaplin courted controversy during his career, and in 1952 he was prevented from re-entering the USA amid allegations he was a communist. Chaplin decided to cut his ties with the USA and settled in Switzerland where he remained until his death. A few months after his death, Chaplin’s coffin and remains were stolen in an attempt to extort money from his estate. The coffin was recovered and reburied under several feet of reinforced concrete.
A celebration of all things silent with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with SILENT and ending with FILM and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
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Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.