[identity profile] snooker11.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] silent_films
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone on this board might be able to make suggestions of silent films/particular scenes that might illustrate these concepts:

Creating suspense
Shocking the viewer
Teasing the viewer
Showing not telling

Many thanks in advance!

Date: 2013-11-12 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majolika.livejournal.com
for suspense, the car chasing the train in Intolerance or the race to save Gish from the guillotine in Orphans of the Storm. (Of course you could also use this famous scene in The Gold Rush where the wobbly cabin is balanced on the cliff...)

shocking ... Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera, when you see his face for the first time? Or just Lon Chaney in "Monster", that's quite a shocking film from beginning to end. Of course you can also check out the German or Swedish 'horror' films (Caligari, Nosferatu, Mabuse I, Phantom Carriage, Vampyre etc.)

(I'm not sure what you mean with "teasing"; and "showing not telling" - that's basically the whole silent cinema, right?)

Date: 2013-11-13 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thedabara-cds.livejournal.com
There are several very funny instances of "teasing the viewer" via showing a partially blocked view of someone seemingly doing something risqué & then moving to show the whole room and it is something completely different going on - check out the silent film "So this is Paris" - it should have some "showing not telling" in it as well!

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