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Being a rank beginner in the silent movie era, I must say that watching them I am actually seeing the beginnings of techniques that would later be exploited in future films.  Even films today take a lot from these early films.  Nosferatu was compelling with its light and shadow renditions to evoke mood.  I'm sure these films got their techniques from the stage.  I found a silent film called The Lost World which I will post this week.

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by    Posted may 17, 2010
I found an interesting article regarding Alfred Hitchcock's early work, and how he was influenced by German director Murnau:


His [Hitchcock's] reputation as the 'master of suspense' was far in the future, however, and during these early years Hitchcock was known primarily for the visual creativity of his films. The German director F.W. Murnau was a strong influence in this regard. While filming in Germany in 1924, Hitchcock visited the set of Der Letze Mann (The Last Laugh, Germany, 1924) and observed Murnau at work. It was a key moment in his development as a filmmaker. Murnau's interest in an 'unchained' camera and his pursuit of 'pure cinema' (telling the story in visual terms alone) would be lifelong interests of Hitchcock's too. He was also a member of the London Film Society, and its screenings of French, German and Soviet art films, as well as early and pioneering American films, provided a unique forum for the consideration of film form and technique, and one that influenced Hitchcock and many other aspiring British filmmakers of the time."

by    Posted may 17, 2010 -- good bio article on Alfred's silent era.
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