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10 iconic silent movies

By Emma Jones Slide 1 of 11

Silent films: When action speaks louder than words

Screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas had been described as one of the last living links to cinema's silent era. A link that is now broken as, at the impressive age of 111, she passed away on January 5th, 2012. Gone but not forgotten, since Maas' days crafting "The Plastic Age" (1925), the silent-screen has been drowned by the chatter of the talkies. Unable to compete above the noise, a silent movie hasn't won the top Oscars accolade since "Wings" took the prize at the first ceremony in 1929. But with "The Artist" (2011) recently garnering 10 Academy Award nominations, for the first time in more than 80 years, a silent movie is being talked up as a real Oscar contender. No explosions. No car chases. No epic war stories that always win Best Picture (leave that to "War Horse"). As a light-hearted romance, shot in black and white, "The Artist" reminds us why silence is golden. Just like these famed movies. . .
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