The Bioscope is as dedicated to new technology as it is to old, and is always interested to see what is being done with the silent film form today. So, having brought you information on the Rudolph Valentino podcast site a while back, how about the truly silent podcast? 1st Silent Podcast is just that – a series of podcasts of silence. Visitors, or subscribers to the feed, can sample the sound of one hand clapping, silence recorded in Palau (Micronesia), Shanghai, Denmark, and Las Vegas, silence in a Tuscan vineyard, a memorial rendition of John Cage’s celebrated silent piece 4′ 33”, download silent ring tones, and, yes, of course, experience the world’s first silent video podcast. Presumably because this bills itself as 1st Silent Podcast, there are imitators out there, but I’ll trust to the original.
In the “modern silents” category, surely Dr. Plonk is a soon-to-be-released candidate ?
I’m a collector of modern silents i.e. I keep a list of them, and I’ll post something on this in due course. Guy Maddin, Aki Kaurismaki’s Juha, Le Bal, 1960s dinosaur movies (what dialogue is there in A Million Years BC?), the avant garde … silent movies never went away.