Judging superficially (and as a rule I judge 'sub speciae frivolitatis'), silent film and ancient sculpture share a common trait. In the contemporary public experience of both, colour was crucial (acc. to Euripides' Helen of Troy, a statue stripped of its tacky varnish was disfigured, while film copies were dyed), but preservation mostly came in monochrome (eroded paint) and b/w negatives, respectively. I'm delighted
Wonderful silent with a great performance from Mary Pickford. Mistreated orphans, evil "jailer", quicksand, alligators ..... oh the melodrama. Library of congress restoration with a great new score. No one represents the expressive slient style screen acting like Pickford. A treat.