I’ve always been fascinated with silent characters in talkies. There’s usually an air of mystery attached to them. And I love mystery. They might deprive us of their voice, but they can sure leave an echo in our mind.
Here are some of my favorite silent characters. Characters that completely blew me away with their silence.
Elisabet Vogler, Persona
As Elisabet Vogler, Liv Ullmann effectively communicates with the audience through the gestures she’s tremendously good at: facial expressions. Elisabet is an actress who just won’t talk. Her silence attracts Alma, a nurse assigned to take care of her. For me (and probably for Alma), Elisabet’s silence is both frustrating and haunting.
Ada is a pianist who finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage to a wealthy but frigid man. She finds refuge in George, a neighbor who has her most prized possession: her piano. She was played by the incredible Holly Hunter.
Girl, The Seventh Seal
Gunnel Lindblom’s nameless character is quite a loner, but she’s a gentle soul. Jöns, Antonius Block’s squire, picked her up along the way and let her come with them. I find Girl to be the most engaging character in this gem of a film.
Mignon, The Wrong Move
Mignon is a young acrobat who accompanies an ex-athlete on what seems to be a road trip. She is kinda flirty. She seduces Wilhelm, an aspiring writer. Mignon was played by a
14 year-old 13 year-old Nastassja Kinski.
Miho, Sin City
This cutie is as deadly as a katana. Unlike Kevin (another mute Sin City character), Miho is on the side of the good people. She was played by Devon Aoki.
Sarah Norman, Children of a Lesser God
James, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, falls for Sarah after seeing her arguing with a cook. At first, Sarah seemed bullheaded and quite annoying. But as the film moves on, she becomes more and more lovable. Just like what James said, Sarah is “mysterious, beautiful, and angry.” Marlee Matlin gives an exceptional debut performance as Sarah.