Silence Vs Sound The Paper Is About The Two Movies Made From The Book Dracula By Bram Stoker One Was Made In Sound And The Other Was Not

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Sound vs. SilenceBy:If you enjoy watching vampire movies like me you might want to see the movies Dracula and Nosferatu. Made in different times Nosferatu in 1922 Dracula in 1992 they both came from the same book Bram Stoker's Dracula written in 1897. The most apparent differences between the movies Dracula and Nosferatu are that one was made when films had no dialogue, no sound and the other was not. These difference, leads to a great number of much more in-depth contrasts that deserve discussion.In making a silent film, a director must rely on sight and a certain amount of text to portray to the audience his intentional emotional and intellectual reactions. As a result of this, the director is not able to go into in-depth character development with the same kind of resources as a director of film that is not silent. In the case of Nosferatu, this leads to a very limited number of characters having any kind of depth whatsoever. This is not to say that every character does not have about him or her a certain image or that every character does not obtain a certain emotion from the audience. It is simply to say that a great number of characters in Nosferatu use only image to achieve there desired effect. For example, in Dracula, if one were to see Dracula walking down the street, an adverse reaction would be a rich eccentric man. In spite of his clothes, Dracula is a normal looking person. In Nosferatu, however, Dracula is more or less a freak. The end result of this is the audience having the same image of Dracula in both movies; one achieved this through extensive dialogue, and one simply through the appearance of a character. Another example, in Dracula, the first character that is given any kind of development whatsoever is Renfield, and throughout the movie, Renfield is transformed first to a blood sucking savage, and then slowly returned to a character with a heart, and a little bit of compassion. However, in Nosferatu, Renfield is already the blood sucking savage, cooped up in the loony bin, eating bugs when the movie starts, and the extent of his role seems to be nothing more than to provide more insight into the nature of Dracula.Perhaps the most interesting contrast between the two movies is that although they are based on the same novel, their story lines do not coincide. This is apparent in the beginning when in Dracula; Renfield is the one who travels to Transylvania, whereas in Nosferatu, John Harker is the one who travels to Transylvania. It is not explicitly clear in Dracula who the owner of the property that Dracula purchases is; however, in Nosferatu, it is clear that John Harker is the owner, and his trip to Transylvania is for the purpose of selling the property to Dracula. Furthermore, in Nosferatu, the discovery of the true nature of...

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