Moments of Silence in Modern Film


Columnist Jason Bailey at Flavorwire has put together a list of 10 notable sequences in sound films that choose moments to go silent. On the heels of award nominations for “The Artist,” telling a silent story of the end to the silent era, the article notes that “countless sound directors have used silent storytelling techniques to great effect, eschewing dialogue (and sometimes even sound effects) to work through their narrative beats via purely visual means.”

Number 4 on their list was “Le Samouraï” (1967), along with “There Will Be Blood” at number 10. See their article for all.

Any other favorites in feature film? How about short, broadcast, or online content?


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