I have always had a fondness for silent films. They have a certain charm that seems to have been lost when the "talkies" started to get released. I can not quite put my finger on it. Maybe it is the way the actors always seem to be over acting, or how the horror and science fiction films of that era all seem to share in a very surreal style (ex: "The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari" and "A Trip To The Moon"). So you can imagine how I was immediately attracted to a film advertised as a "new silent film." Released in 2005, "The Call Of Cthulhu" was directed by Andrew Leman and stars Matt Foyer, John Bolen and Ralph Lucas. The plot of the film is as follows: A man comes across the research carried out by his late grandfather regarding the "Cult Of Cthulhu (when the next census comes around I am going to list that as my religion)" and he himself becomes drawn into the mystery.
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Good review, but I think you underestimate the sophistication of camera work and visual techniques in silent films. See the recently restored Metropolis, Fairbanks' Thief of Bagdad, or most of Griffith's work, and you'll discover that they feature techniques that were then "lost" in early sound films, due to the limitations of the sound equipment itself. It took years for the sound-movie industry to remount the visual heights the silents achieved.ReplyDelete
But, in any case, I'm not sure whether that matters to Call of Cthuhlu, which is a brilliant adaptation, in the style of the silent greats.