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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain$
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Julie Brown and Annette Davison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.001.0001

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Eric Williams: Speaking to Pictures

Eric Williams: Speaking to Pictures

(p.55) 3 Eric Williams: Speaking to Pictures
The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Stephen Bottomore

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In 1911, the former actor Eric Williams started a new career reciting to his own specially made films. Over the next few years he produced and acted in some dozen films, and recited to these in numerous theaters throughout the United Kingdom.The film narratives were based on pre-existing texts, such as scenes from Shakespeare or popular ballads by the likes of Frederick Weatherly or G. R. Sims. Williams had evident talent as an “elocutionist,” but the chapter argues that his appeal was also founded on a unique fusion of three factors: his films were specially made and not off the shelf, he appeared both in the film and reciting live in the theater, and he lip-synced some of the lines of the on-screen performers.

Keywords:   Eric Williams, lecturing, reciting, poetry, live cinema, stardom, identification, Shakespeare, Frederick Weatherly, G. R. Sims

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