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What if The Empire Strikes Back was a Silent Film?

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Have you ever wondered what a movie like The Empire Strikes Back may have looked like if it were made in the 1920s? Well, wonder no more. Actually, I am not sure how many of you ever thought about it, I honestly cannot say I ever did, but it is definitely an intriguing concept.

This clip takes one of the most pivotal scenes of the film — and the series — and works it up to look like an old silent film. The clip has been converted to black and white, marked up to appear aged, had its sound removed, the aspect ratio was adjusted to full frame, dialogue cards inserted, and piano music added. The overall effect does in fact make it look as if you are watching a vintage film from a bygone era. It is a fascinating three-and-a-half minutes. The whole scene has a very different look and feel. The pacing is also different as it seems that frames have been taken out to add to the authenticity.

I have to say that it is an incredible piece. Very often when watching older films people will comment on how the movie would never get made today, not in the current Hollywood climate which, allegedly, favors action and a lower intelligence level as a general rule in making blockbusters. I cannot think of many instances when we talk about doing the reverse. Maybe we should do it more often.

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