Dubbing Silent Films

12 Jan

First, you all have to know about this. You should go there and download a hundred year old film.

But once you have a cool old silent film, what should you do with it? Watch it? No, not yet. That would be lame. First, we have to replace the soundtrack. Why? Because we can.

C-3PO Inspiration

Image by Steve Snodgrass via Flickr

So I got Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. And now I have to decide what to play behind it. My choices, thus far are:

  1. Pink Floyd’s – The Wall, just in case, you know, the whole Wizard of Oz thingie.
  2. Einstürzende Neubauten’s – Haus der Lüge, because the album opens with that authoritarian “Meint ihr nicht” speech.
  3. Mizuki Yoko & Tsuruta Kinshi’s – Biwa,The World of Tsuruta Kinshi, because if you think about it, it would be awesome to replace the music from Metropolis with Nogaku (Noh Theater) music. Plus, Mizuki-chan makes me weep. She’s too amazing.
  4. Red Sparrows’ – Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun. No because needed. Pure awesome.

Now all this is well and good, but a hundred year old film has got to be well into the public domain. We should be able to dub actual lines onto it, even rearrange scenes. This is a potential comedy goldmine. Get on this internet. Make it happen!


4 Responses to “Dubbing Silent Films”

  1. thejamminjabber 14 January 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    I would dub it over with wacky voices. But Pink Floyd is cool, too.

    • egodfrey72 7 April 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Me too. When I see the scene from Nosferatu where Hutter is getting reday to leave, I say; “Oh boy, what a beautiful day! Just hope I don’t run into a vampire!”

  2. Peter Lillard 8 January 2012 at 2:16 am #

    They’ve actually dubbed the Phantom of the Opera (silent version), just like what you were saying. Think its in 3D too.


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