Whether it is The Kid or City Lights, what Charlie Chaplin conveyed mutely may not perhaps be told by hundred thousand vocal words loudly audible to the ears of the viewers.
Here, the mute magic comes to play!
No wonder, some mute films create intellectual storms as they are uniquely expressive in their own way.
Here, the creativity of movie directors comes to the fore with all their scenic depiction craftsmanship bringing to the screen the performance of actors and actresses who convey the meaning mutely making them supremely meaningful.
Talking about this, it becomes a prerequisite to mention Guillermo del Toro whose creativity was at its best in “The Shape of Water”, a film that bagged the Oscar Best Picture Award in 2018. It is a sci-fi fantasy romance movie that brought in a new era of cinema.
Starring Sally Hawkins, the film faced tough competition but emerged as the final choice of the Oscar selectors. The movie’s script has rolled into the film history with its theme which is a marked departure from other films.
A fantasy thriller, “The Shape of Water” is set in the 1962 cold war in which a mute cleaning woman, a memorable role played by Sally Hawkins, suddenly comes across a strange kind of aquatic-human hybrid in a water tank at a well kept secret laboratory of the government.
Sally Hawkins fully justified the difficult role of that cleaning woman named Elisa Esposito. She was mute and communicated through sign language and body movement.
A difficult role indeed!
But Sally Hawkins performed it with supreme ease and it made a lingering effect on the viewers. Her facial expression, gestures, and body movement turned out to be extraordinary. In the history of the mute movie genre, she made an indelible imprint.
The mute Elisa Esposito’s gestures, facial expressions, the flick of an eyebrow, tender smile, and sign language were most realistically played by Sally Hawkins.
“The Shape of Water” is simply unique in its own right. It gave the global audience something that they had been waiting for long. Such movies are rarely made. They find their way into the theatres in 10 years or more.
The mute cleaning woman who had fallen in love with the creature finally helps it to escape from the laboratory.
“The Shape of Water” fought a close Oscar award war competing with such entries as Get Out, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing to become the Best Picture. It was the most-nominated film in the Oscar-winning four categories which were: Production Design, Original Score, and Director.
“The Shape of Water” is a tribute to the “Power of Cinema” in silent format. Guillermo Del Toro created the film’s universally acclaimed script. The mute performance of Sally Hawkins also created history.
It is more so as the film proved the Best Award in Oscar can be won without even saying a single word. And Sally Hawkins has proved this amply. Naturally, she was greatly appreciated by Director Guillermo Del Toro.
In the genre of mute movies, the one-minute movie titled “+380” directed by Andrew Opryshko also merits a special mention. This Ukrainian director was at his best while directing Troy Bronson in this path-breaking movie.
Troy Bronson, playing the role of a young influencer on Instagram, posts a brief one-minute movie in Ukrainian to honor all the talent that goes unseen from the mainstream. Hollywood remains a very distant dream for them yet they are talented.
His mute performance brought to fore the fact that silence can be a powerful mode to express a lot of things, it is more so when the issue relates to intellectualism. Troy was very expressive even without uttering a single word.
It was a role that needed mastery to depict the emotions, inner conflicts, and dissociation of the world due to trauma in their real perspective. Troy Bronson appeared to have entered into the persona of the lead character as the role he played made it appear so.
His character was special as it involved the job of a spy and mercenary. Even in talkie–vocal films – such roles turn out to be very difficult. The role of spies and mercenaries requires certain special traits. Troy showed all such traits including facial expressions and gait.
“The Piano”, a 1993 period drama revolving around romance, has been directed by Jane Campion. It is a path-breaking mute movie considered as one of the greatest ever directed by a woman. She was the first woman from New Zealand to direct a mute film.
It stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin. The mute performance of Holly Hunter is a history, which was critically acclaimed by film critics.
In the film, the mute woman Ada McGrath does not utter a single audible word yet her silent expressions and acting spoke volumes about her not-so-happy life. Anna Paquin’s role as Ada was remarkably well.
The silent movies continue to raise intellectual storms all across the world. In fact, the history of creativity never dies. No wonder the films that began in silent mode decades ago continue unabated even today and will continue in the future also.
The mute moves like The Shape of Water, “+380 and The Piano create ripples in the human brain more than the talkies.
This is due to the reason that in a talkie, you find the characters are vocally interacting. But in mute movies, everything is transacted by gestures, smiles, cries with drops of water rolling down from the eyes, laughter, and different other gestures.
Since The Shape of Water bagged the Oscar and became a filmy buzz internationally, we find that the mute movies have tremendous scopes in the future. As this is the season of film awards, the critics are going to review all the entries. Here, the silence power of mute characters needs to be given proper evaluation. We know a message conveyed through facial expressions, looks and body movement happens to be far more important than vocal elements.
The jury of the award committees must be reminded that mute acting is more difficult than talkie as the actor or actress is expressing the meaning without any sound. This is just like you discover a meaning from a piece of graphic art. You read between the lines drawn on the canvas.
The argument for this emanated from the fact that the mute roles, being marked departure from the talkie-roles, evoke more interest among the audience as they find the element of novelty in it.
Mute roles make the celluloid ventures the most powerful craft of the art of film-making. Such silent roles have lingering effects on the minds of the people for decades together which a character talking on the silver screen may not be able to impact so.
“The Shape of Water” (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFYWazblaUA
“+380” (2021) https://www.instagram.com/p/CWogJMND03G/
“The Piano” (1992) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyTn4XIYH8M
DEFEO’s Journey From Local Clubs To Big Music Festivals
The art of DJing is not a new concept. DJs have been bringing lives to major concerts and festivals for a long time. Some people perceive that being a DJ does not require significant music skills, but this conception is way far from the truth. A modern-day DJ needs to work with different kinds of professional software and equipment. A talented DJ needs a sense of music and effective technical skills to rock the concert and make the people dance to their own taste in music. Most DJs love their job and enjoy doing it every other night. However, the fun does not come that easy; they need to give out of the practice efforts to gauge the attention of the music lovers and skyrocket in the industry. In most cases, DJs start their music-producing career in local clubs and concerts; they keep doing extra effort but go unnoticed in the industry. Only a few talented DJs climb the ladder of success by giving extraordinary efforts. One such professional DJ is Angelo De Feo, who started his music recording and producing journey from the local clubs but never compromised on smaller achievements. He kept polishing his DJing skills and got an opportunity to show his art in major concerts and big music festivals.
Success does not come on a silver plate. One needs to work very hard to reach the required destination. Various problems become a hurdle in the journey, but one needs to stay true to the path and keep giving the effort until expected results. Like other professions, DJing requires strong commitment and consistency to get to the next level of success. A DJ’s life might seem rocking with lots of fun. However, the reality differs from the audience’s conceptions. There are a lot of issues that a DJ suffers from. Initially, a newbie gets very low money for playing music at the full-night party. It is not money that inspires music lovers to become DJs. Instead, it is their passion and love for the job that they do it committedly.
A DJ’s lifestyle is different from that of normal people; they do not have a proper time to nap. They rock the stage and make people dance to their music and that too regularly. In addition, the DJs do not get immediate recognition like musicians or singers. It takes much time and patience to enjoy a fan following and get huge recognition. The DJ needs to perform at such shows, but that’s how they make friends and develop a dominating name in the industry. Despite hurdles and struggles, DEFEO never stopped at any point and kept climbing the ladder of success with his exceptional performance and art of music.
Angelo De Feo was born on 22 July 1991 in Switzerland. He is a DJ and record producer well known for his stage name, DEFEO. DEFEO started his DJing journey in 2009 when he played music in several local clubs and bars in Switzerland. In 2010, his talent was spotted by his General Manager, Marc Heymoz. DEFEO had bigger goals. He knew his talent was not for the small platforms. DEFEO wanted to perform on bigger stages. Intending to grow professionally, DEFEO joined Aprod Agency (CH) in 2012 for two years. Being part of the agency, DEFEO got opportunities to play music at the biggest festival in Switzerland. He also performed at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.
DEFEO had been working with his general manager for years. However, the time came when they both decided to call their partnership off in 2014. After the separation, DEFEO worked as a free agent DJ, but the separation did not remain forever. His general manager, March Heymoz, started a new agency in 2015, known as AFFINITY, and asked DEFEO to join. The duo started working together as a new team.
DEFEO has gained impressive recognition in DJing. Currently, he performs in various clubs in Switzerland, including MAD Club – ranked in the annual list of top 100 clubs. Besides Switzerland, DEFEO also performs in different Europe counties, such as Spain, France, and the Czech Republic. He also performs in the United States and Macedonia. DEFEO has been performing in these countries for years.
Besides touring as DJ, DEFEO has also produced and released his singles on some popular labels like Sosumi Records and Kryteria Records (Spinnin’ Records) – both the labels are run by Kryder. DEFEO also released his music on Generation HEX, Sirup Music, and Juicy Traxx.
DEFEO is skyrocketing his name in the DJing profession. His journey started in local bars and clubs, and today he performs in various countries. DEFEO’s journey is an inspiration for newcomers.
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