January 11, 2009
I think actors from the Jazz Age- that of silent films and speakeasies- were more talented than those that appeared after talkies became famous. They were so expressive, yet subtle, in a way that mimicked the true behavior of humans. Look- if you look at someone walking down the street, even if they're alone, you can see the intricacies of their behavior without much effort. It's an interesting thing to observe. Actors now rely on words, and words alone don't make a story. It's like that saying- actions speak louder than words. I think silent films stars understood this best.