Sound vs. Silence
If you enjoy watching vampire movies like me you might want to see the movies Dracula and Nosferatu. Made in different times Nosferatu in 1922 Dracula in 1992 they both came from the same book Bram Stoker's Dracula written in 1897. The most apparent differences between the movies Dracula and Nosferatu are that one was made when films had no dialogue, no sound and the other was not. These difference, leads to a great number of much more in-depth contrasts that deserve discussion.
In making a silent film, a director must rely on sight and a certain amount of text to portray to the audience his intentional emotional and intellectual reactions. As a result of this, the director is not able to go into in-depth character development with the same kind of resources as a director of film that is not silent. In the case of Nosferatu, this leads to a very limited number of characters having any kind of depth whatsoever.
This is not to say that every character does not have about him or her a certain image or that every character does not obtain a certain emotion from the audience. It is simply to say that a great number of characters in Nosferatu use only image to achieve there desired effect. For example, in Dracula, if one were to see Dracula walking down the street, an adverse reaction would be a rich eccentric man. In spite of his clothes, Dracula is a normal looking person. In Nosferatu, however, Dracula is more or less a freak. The end result of this is the audience having the same image of Dracula in both movies; one achieved this through extensive dialogue, and one simply through the appearance of a character. Another example, in Dracula, the...