Otherworldiness and silent cinema

“The transition to sound revealed that the peculiar quality of the stars of silent film– no voice– was really an asset that had lifted them up into a god-like status. Sound brought them down to earth. It was not that silent film stars didn’t seem realistic or approachable in their own era; on the contrary, many projected that kind of intimacy. But the illusion that silent film presents is removed from the everyday– even when it’s about everyday things– because audiences supply sound in a world without voices.”

Jeanine Basinger, Silent Stars (470-71)

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