The Speed Of Silents YKTTW Discussion

The Speed Of Silents
(permanent link) added: 2010-09-04 18:26:51 sponsor: Prfnoff (last reply: 2010-11-02 19:32:38)

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Before movies had synchronized soundtracks, they had no standard framerate. Indeed, the framerate of silent movies could depend on the projectionist. This is why silent movie buffs talk about number of reels rather than length in minutes.

For some reason, modern people have been accustomed to seeing silent films run faster than sound films. Therefore, fake silent film footage appearing in shows will probably be highly Undercranked (and Deliberately Monochrome, though that's another story).

(This description could well be improved by someone more knowledgeable.)

  • In the score of Godspell, the final chorus of "All For The Best" is marked "Very fast (Silent movie tempo)."
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