Why do they still attract the crowds?
Silent cinema is much more that films without words.
Silent is precisely what silent cinema is not.
It is what happens when an audience and a band of musicians gather
in a dark room to observe a powerful light projected
through a reel of film
that bears the captured images of men and women
who lived in the first three decades of the last century.
Faces move on the screen.
The musicians interpret the action.
The members of the audience respond to both and each other.
At its best, it has more in common with attending a seance
than going to the multiplex.
Too late, we realise that silence was golden in the cinema