Friday, August 22, 2008

Time, Is Never Time At All

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Ah, silent film. The fantastic thing about the silent film era is it has a very strong, distinct aesthetic. The bad thing is, it's overplayed. Absolutely
everyone finds it "inspiring", but they chicken out on actually carrying it through. Granted, all of that dark makeup and glam clothes can feel pretty intimidating in real life, but if we can walk out of the house in forties regalia and latex leggings, what is a little eyeliner to be frightened of?

One of my favourite silent film inspirations is in fact, not a silent film, it is the Smashing Pumpkins' music video for "Tonight Tonight".

Taken from a Georges Méliès film called "Le Voyage dans la lune" made in 1902, the moon in that music video alone has been creeping into my personal art since I was probably ten or eleven.


Nay'Chelle said...

I really liked the third photo and the artwork at the end. Nice post.

KATLIN said...

I'm impatient, so silent films don't do it for me. Which may explain why musicals are one of my favorite genres.

Anonymous said...

I love silent films, even if my favorites tend to be more towards the Charlie Chaplin side of things. It may not be very "inspiring" but City Lights is one of my favorites. The second photo is gorgeous.

Donald Sosin said...

Silent films are wonderful indeed, especially with the right music. I have spent a long time working to create appropriate music to great films and invite you to visit my website at to experience some of it.

Have a great day and thanks for your posts!

D. Sosin

The Stylish Wanderer said...

saw that editorial too, loved it

Richel said...

these are crazy fantastical! I love them!

k said...

i just found your blog, and i love it!

you should check out the music video to silverchair's "across the night". i love the song, and the video is also inspired by silent film. i even discovered a ballet version of dracula this summer, also done in the style of silent film. it was definitely interesting, if you happen to like vampires, ballet, and silent film.