"Silent" is a short film set in Hollywood in the early 1930's, when movies were learning to talk. Its main location, the preserved site of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition in Sevilla, Spain, provided the architectural style and ambience of the era. Writer/director Guido Jiménez-Cruz and producer Leslie Dann arrived in Sevilla with the script, film equipment, and costumes. Within two weeks locations were scouted, auditions were held, and the shoot was scheduled.

The principal actors, David Arnaiz, Juan Luis Corrientes, Alex PeĖa and Lydia Roldán, were volunteer students from the College of Dramatic Arts in Sevilla, as were most of the extras. A vintage Chevrolet was lent to the production and a Simplex film projector from the period was furnished by an antique dealer in upstate New York, where the projection booth scene was later shot. Research was made for the title cards and a typestyle from the end of the silent era was recreated.

The film was edited by Jiménez-Cruz on an Macintosh computer and all post-production on "Silent" took place in New York, ending in May 1997. Finally, this homage to silent movies was made complete with an original score composed by Grammy-nominee Michael Sahl and played by The Tango Project, a trio of violin, accordion, and piano.


Title: "Silent"
Production Year: 1997
Original Language: English
Country of Origin: Spain/USA
Format: 16mm, B&W
Running Time: 13 minutes
Sound: Mono Optical
Ratio: 1.33
Writer, Director and Editor:
Guido Jiménez-Cruz
Actors: David Arnaiz, Juan Luis Corrientes, Alex PeĖa, Lydia Roldán,
Douglas Gallager, Bill Belden, and
John Wosinski.
Composer: Michael Sahl
Music played by: The Tango Project
Producer: Leslie Dann
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