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Would You Go to See a Silent Movie?

The annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival is coming my way in July and it'll take place at the beautiful and charming Castro theater (which comes complete with an organist who plays spirited tunes just before the movies start). It's a great, old place to check out some great, old silent films.

If you think about it, many children's cartoons are like silent films — all expressive movements and grand reactions and not much dialogue, if any. Now as an adult would you seek out a silent film if it were playing in a nearby theater?


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Jinx Jinx 8 years
Yes. I used to watch Silent Films on Saturday mornings all the time. :)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Yes, definitely! When I was in college, I was the concertmaster of our symphony orchestra and we played the musical accompaniment to the silent film The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and it was SO much fun! It made me want to go to more, but of course they don't all have live musical accompaniment!
Advah Advah 8 years
Depends - if the film is good, yes!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Not a chance
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
lol kscincotta, i hated Wall-E for that movie. Absolutely loved Metropolis though.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I love Charlie and his loveable tramp. I took a class in college where we spent half of the semester on Chaplin and looooved it. We'd meet every Tuesday evening and watch a couple of his shorts and then a full length movie. Anyone who hasn't seen The Great Dictator (where is mocks Hitler WHILE he was around), then you definitely should.
ringssinger ringssinger 8 years
Before seeing Robert Downey Jr's Chaplin I think I had only seen parts of The Great Dictator and The Gold Rush, but after being so impressed by his film I went out and rented those two and several more. I would love to see one of them in a big theatre!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Love Modern Times-- can't imagine why I wouldn't like a modern silent film!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Sure! I've never been to one, but Wall-E was fantastic and that was basically silent.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I totally would, I'd love to see a few :D
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
It would be pretty cool, a completely different experience.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I would love to. I went to a church movie night once because they were showing The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live organ music being played in conjunction with the film. It was fantastic!
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
My city has an annual silent film festival and I've seen a few films there. The films are being shown at an open-air cinema (the festival is held in August) and there's live music, so the atmosphere is usually really nice. I've never actually seen a silent movie at a regular cinema though.
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