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Sound Off

Although we left the golden age of silent film over 75 years ago, some movies are still better (or at least just as good) with the audio on mute.

1) Pretty much anything by Dario Argento

The king of Giallo is unfortunately not the king of great dialogue or logical stories for that matter. Most of his plots have more holes than a mesh shirt, but he makes up for it with some shock and awe inspiring set pieces and orchestrated death scenes.

Recommended –  “Deep Red”, “Suspiria”, “Tenbrae”

 

 

 
2)”Juliet Of The Spirits” by Federico Fellini

Fellini is famous for his dream-like imagery and “Juliet” has it in spades. This film was seen as the feminine version of his “8 1/2” and Fellini took full advantage of his first feature in color.

 

 

 

 

 

3) “Holy Mountain” by Alejandro Jodorowsky

I’ll be honest, I never really been able to grasp the storyline of any of Jodorowsky’s films. Just sit back and watch.

 

 

 

 

 

4) “Fata Morgana” by Werner Herzog

Apparently this was a big film with hippie college kids in the 70’s and it’s completely obvious why after viewing. I wouldn’t exactly call this a documentary, more like a filmed meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

5) “2001 – A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick

I couldn’t leave this one off the list, although it almost feels like cheating. The sound (or lack of) is really important to the viewing experience 0f 2001, but Kubrick wanted to create a new visual language with this film and achieved it with flying colors.

 

 

 

 

 

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