Last week I went to see The Artist. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and whizz along to your local cinema because quite simply this is a work of genius. It’s a silent movie so all the words and emotion are conveyed through action, gesture and the occasional quote. It’s completely gripping and not for one second did I get lost in the narrative.
By the end of the film I felt as though I’d been transported back to another simpler, more innocent time – without the chatter of voices we rely on so much, I had to fall back on other senses. I may not have been listening with my ears but I was watching more closely than usual, observing and looking out for clues and hints. I noticed I was more aware of my own senses and feelings. It was a truly brilliant masterclass in the art of showing, not telling. It may have been a silent movie but it spoke volumes.
This got me thinking about all the different and astonishing ways we communicate. How it’s not always necessary to speak when we want to make ourselves heard, how sometimes a gesture, sigh, look or smile can talk more powerfully than any spoken word.
Other times we can express ourselves through creativity – writing, drawing, playing music; or through ingenuity – science, commerce, education. The way we show up, how we present ourselves is hugely impactful – when we are being false others know it and conversely when we are truly being ourselves they know that too.
But ultimately we humans like to say what is going on in our hearts. Eventually silent movies were replaced by the wonder of talkies and the movie industry was transformed.
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