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Q: When did the silent film era come to an end?
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Why did the silent film era end?

Talkies had been invented and silent movies for the most part were no longer popular.

What silent film actors failed in talkies?

Rudolph Valentino . Rudolph Valentino died in 1926, before the end of the silent era. John Gilbert's career did not survive the switch to talkies.

What is the first comedy film release?

The first known comedy film released was called Watering The Gardener. It was directed by the Lumiere brothers, and came out in 1895, relying heavily on slapstick and burlesque during the silent era.

When did silent era in movies end?

1927-1929 (though the odd silent movie would still be made in the 1930's, like City Lights by Charlie Chaplin in 1931). The transition wasn't instantaneous because many silent movies were in production at the time, and studios were reluctant to transition.

When did silent films end?

The silent film era came to a close in the US in 1930 with the wide adoption of sound in theaters. In 1976 Mel Brooks made a film, "Silent Movie". This was a comedy starring Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar, Harold Gould, Ron Carey, Bernadette Peters. It was co-written and directed by Mel Brooks. The plot is a film director and his friends struggling to produce the first major silent film in forty years. In 2011 the Academy Award for best film went, astonishingly, to a silent film, the first in 80 years (WINGS won the first Oscar for best film), the French film THE ARTIST. Young filmmakers often begin their career in the 21st century with short silent films, as the technical demands for sound are often outside their budgets. Dafna Kory, Rex Curry Harsin, and a few others have made independent silent films that have been screened at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the world's largest silent film festival, held in Pordenone, Italy each year. There, old films are shown, discussed, and the restored versions from archives in places like Bologna, Amsterdam (Haghefilm), UCLA, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House and the British Film Institute, have brought new awareness of the great beauty of silent film today's young audiences. At major film festivals, on college campuses, on Turner Classic Movies, and on DVDs, silent films are experiencing a revival, often with new scores commissioned by the festivals or DVD producers. Proper projection speed and ppropriate musical accompaniment is crucial for the maximum enjoyment of great films. New composers of silent film music include Donald Sosin, Neil Brand, Gabriel Thibaudeau, Maud Nellison, Stephen Horne, the Alloy Orchestra, and Philip Carli, while musicians like theater organist Dennis James, conductor Robert Israel, and Rodney Sauer with his Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra keep the original music of the teens and 20's alive through careful compilation scores. In that sense, silent films have not ended, they continue to be discovered anew by each generation, and the possibilities of digital preservation are helping to ensure that they will be around for a long time.

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