Last Hollywood Silent Film?
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Asked by: braitman-ga
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14 Oct 2005 10:58 PDT
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What was the last completely Silent film released by a Hollywood studio? (not including Charlie Chaplin, of course) (And I know that silent films were released into the 1930s in foreign countries.) And, what I mean by Silent is a film originally shot as a silent and exhibited as a silent, with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Not a film that was shot in both silent and sound versions, or a silent film that had sound affects added.
Re: Last Hollywood Silent Film?
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 14 Oct 2005 11:24 PDT
Hi braitman, The last silent film Hollywood ever produced was the 1935 love story Legong: Dance of the Virgins, which director Henri de la Falaise shot on location in Bali with an all-native cast. "Last silent movie produced by Hollywood: Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935). The movie was filmed in Bali and features an all-native cast. It was directed by Henri de La Falaise." Notable Last Facts - A Compendium of Endings, Conclusions, Terminations and Final Events Throughout History Reference Desk Press, http://referencedeskpress.com/notablelastfactssamplepages.pdf "This film was the last Hollywood film produced and released in two-strip Technicolor and the last silent film produced in Hollywood. The film was beautifully filmed in Bali, and has a musical soundtrack with titles (no dialogue). Legong was produced by Bennett Productions, and originally released by Paramount International (outside the US only) due to concerns about brief female nudity in the film. However, later in the 30's the film apparently showed up in various mutilated versions in so-called "grind houses" in New York City under various lurid titles. The UCLA Film and Television Archive restored Legong in 1999, using prints from the US, Canada, and the UK..." The Internet Movie Database http://imdb.com/title/tt0129196/usercomments Search criteria: "last silent film" hollywood "Legong: Dance of the Virgins" "last silent *" I hope this is helpful. Best regards, Rainbow
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Thank you for an excellent response, though I must admit not the answer I was exactly hoping for. That's not your fault. I was thinking that there must have been a time just after "The Jazz Singer" when Hollywood pulled the plug on all solely silent productions, but maybe one slipped through. Obviously "Legong" was an exception, since I doubt there were many other -- if any -- exclusively silent films from Hollywood between 1928-29 and this one in 1935. If you can help me find the last Hollywood STUDIO film, that would be great. Thanks again for good work.
Re: Last Hollywood Silent Film?
From: notablelastfacts-ga on 18 Oct 2005 23:55 PDT
Here is some more complete data from my book, Notable Last Facts. Maybe this will help. Thanks, William B. Brahms, author Notable Last Facts (the core reference work on "lasts") http;//www.referencedeskpress.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notable_Last_Facts Movies?Silent Films Warner Brothers announced in August 1928 that all of its films planned for the 1928-29 fiscal year would have sound. United Artists made the same announcement in November 1928. Twentieth-Century Fox announced in February 1929 that it had made its Last silent movie. Columbia Pictures released its last silent movie (The Quitter) on April 1, 1929. ? Last major silent film made in the early years of sound film: Modern Times (re-leased 1936), starring Charlie Chaplin. It was not entirely silent. Chaplin does sing and use some sound effects. ? Last year a large number of silent films were produced: 1929. By then, most films were being made with sound. Some film historians contend that the ?Silent Era? was over when Modern Times was released. ? Also considered the last films of the ?Silent Era?: Charlie Chaplin?s City Lights, begun in 1928 but released in 1931, and F.W. Murnau?s Tabu (1931), an Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography. ? Last major studio to convert to sound: MGM. ? Last silent movie by MGM: The Kiss, which wrapped up filming in September 1929. The Kiss was also Greta Garbo?s last silent movie. ? Last surviving silent film director: believed to be Andrew Lysander Stone, who directed the silent films The Elegy (1927) and Liebensraum (1928). Stone died in Los Angeles, California, on June 6, 1999, age 96. ? Last silent movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture: Wings (1927). ? Last silent movie nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: The Patriot (1928). ? Last silent Our Gang comedy: Saturday?s Lesson (1929). ? Last surviving silent Our Gang comedy cast member: Jean Darling (Dorothy Jean LeVake) who was a cast member from 1927 to 1929. ? Last silent Laurel & Hardy comedy: An-gora Love (1929). ? Last country to show silent films rou-tinely: Thailand. The Thai film industry was disrupted during World War II and all Thai feature films made until the 1960s were shot silent on 16mm film. Sound was added in the theater by actors reading lines offstage. The practice ended in 1970 with the adop-tion of 35mm sound film. ? Last silent movie produced by Hollywood: Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935). The movie was filmed in Bali and features an all-native cast. It was directed by Henri de La Falaise
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