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The Tenth Symphony

1918

The Tenth Symphony Poster
  • Gance tells the story using all my favorite staples of silent cinema: irises; dissolves that connote memory's intrusion on the present; and inserts of expository letters that act like handwritten title cards. Although it lacks a soundtrack, [it] nonetheless gets laughs out of a parrot gabbing on the phone, and despite being shot in 1.33 : 1, it boasts a proto-widescreen interlude with ornate friezes pushing in from the top and bottom of the frame. Decades ahead of its time in both respects.