March 24, 2020 at 12:50PM, Edited March 24, 1:04PM
Is dialogue needed in films? A multi-awarded silent drama short.
Truffaut: In the final era of silent movies, the great filmmakers . . . had reached something near perfection. The introduction of sound, in a way, jeopardized that perfection. . . . [O]ne might say that mediocrity came back into its own with the advent of sound.
Hitchcock: I agree absolutely. In my opinion, that’s true even today. In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call “photographs of people talking.” When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise. . . . [W]ith the arrival of sound the motion picture, overnight, assumed a theatrical form. The mobility of the camera doesn’t alter this fact. Even though the camera may move along the sidewalk, it’s still theater. . . . [It] is essential . . . to rely more on the visual than on the dialogue. Whichever way you choose to stage the action, your main concern is to hold the audience’s fullest attention. Summing up, one might say that the screen rectangle must be charged with emotion.
So can we have a modern, emotional story without dialogue?
Or silent films are just a thing of the past, reborn only occasionally as hommage, in films like the The Artist (2011) - which, by the way, won Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Actor in the 2012 Academy Awards?
My last short film, SUNDAY 11.00-12.00, a UK/Greece co-production, is a 10min silent drama. After a good festival run with more than 20 international festivals in the US, UK, Greece, Mexico, Sweden, Australia, Germany (incl. the Oscar and Bafta-qualifying Oberhausen) and 9 awards, it's now available to watch online as a Film Shortage daily pick.
You can watch it here:
"Outstanding direction, combined with very good editing and cinematography make Sunday 11.00-12.00 to stand out”… “A 10min cinematic exposition of events, emotions and twists without any dialogue, as the truth is not imposed to the viewer but discovered by them.”
Akyllas Vasileiou, Cinepivates
"Brilliantly structured on different timings and the mystery which is revealed in the end"
Manolis Kranakis, Flix.gr
"Really interesting idea. Great performances. Nicely shot. Excellent tone.”
Lee Squires, Festival Director, Sunday Shorts
"Stelios Koukouvitakis manages to have two great parts." Dimosthenis Ksifilinos, CineDogs, Kemes
"Brilliant work by director Stelios Koukouvitakis in the interesting film Sunday 11.00-12.00.”
Aris Dimokidis, LIFO
You can read more about the film here:
Let me know what you think and happy to answer any questions! :)