The Passion Of Joan Of Arc And Sweet Smell Of Success By Renee Jeanne Falconetti And Burt Lancaster

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Silent films ushered in the era of moving pictures and paved the way to modern cinema. Films such as “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and “Sweet Smell of Success” represent the early and later stages of this time period that was dominated by silent films. Within these films, two actors stand out for their performances and there own unique traits they utilize to make the character they are representing their own. Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Burt Lancaster both are superb leading actors that, through their own methods, make these characters come alive. Regardless of these performances though, there are both similarities and differences that they portray in their movies. These films were shot with cameras that lacked a multitude of settings and this led to a very theater-esque method of filming. Many of these silent films were shot with non-moving cameras, obviously no sound, and also less effects. [BRING UP READING IN REGARDS TO INTRO TO FILMS] This lack of supplemental technology forced these actors to up their game so to speak and really carry the film themselves, rather than saturate the screen with fancy effects that so many modern movies revolve around. This forced the director to focus on the facial expressions of the cast in order to display both tone and intent during every scene. Live music sometimes accompanied these films in order to help set these moods so the actor could focus on character development and expression. The first character to be discussed is

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