Survey: How Old Are Silent Movie Fans?

I ran a similar survey a couple of years back but I wanted to come back again and see if anything has changed. See, every few months there is a clickbait article of some kind claiming that Millennials are killing old movies or something like that.

Age diversity is a key element to a healthy fandom. Older fans have experience, newer fans have fresh enthusiasm. Together, they can get stuff done! And, needless to say, every generation tends to like films that were released when they were in their teens and twenties but there are always people who break the mold and enjoy digging much, much further back in time.

Please select your age range on this survey and we will see where we stand.

And, needless to say, to qualify as a silent movie fan, you just need to like at least one silent movie. No gatekeeping in this neck of the woods!

Thanks so much for your answers!

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25 Replies to “Survey: How Old Are Silent Movie Fans?”

  1. I’m 63 (when the hell did THAT happen?!) and I’ve loved silent films since I took a Film Arts class in high school. I might have seen one even before I took the class since I loved old movies, but I can’t recall. Anyway, short answer, since about 1971!

  2. 58 now … but started taking them out at library on 8mm when 13, collecting them at 14 – and even visiting Blackhawk Films in Iowa at 16

  3. 26 year old here. I think i’ve watched my first silent movie when I was 16/17, but really got into the silent era 2/3 years ago.

  4. Closing in on 78! By 11 or12 I was watching comedies & westerns, cut down to fit on 50′ reels & run through our family’s 8mm home movie projector. Some of my hobbies have come & gone, but this one shows signs of staying.

  5. Seems like I’ve loved silents as long as I’ve loved movies in general, which is almost all my 68 years. Probably started with Chaplin shorts shown on a local TV station.

  6. I’m 59, and been a fan all my life. Like Kevin (above) I first became a fan as a child, probably about age 10, thanks to the 8mm silent Blackhawk collection. Started by borrowing the film reels with my public library card. Later, the library collection went to videotape, and eventually DVD. The technology changes — but silents are still available. And nowadays the available movie choices are more varied and diverse than they were in my youth — a good thing!

  7. I watched the Marx bros The big store, when l was 6. It opened a world of wonder for me. I went on and made 20 short films and animations, but still love the silent films, they are like a window to the past. Fashion, motor vehicles, price of items in windows, buildings, etc. So many famous landmarks that are no longer with us, except on the old films. The young will rediscover the stars of yesterday, as we have done for decades since. I am 66 and have a treasure trove of old film, that l cherish. Nothing new has been done in film, since silent, except for leaning on so heavily on special effects. It’s a breath of fresh air to watch a film without digital special effects.

    1. Absolutely agree! In my youthful enthusiasm for the form I made two silent films on 8mm: “The Fight” (1954), 50′ long, which had a WWI context, & “The Invader” (1955),a more ambitious 100′. It was a deliberately retro SciFi film using a local water tower for a spaceship. I enhanced its realism by splicing in 1920s traffic scenes cut from a Castle Films documentary, & quite by chance, it also preserves the only footage I have of a favorite cat. Neither was publicly distributed of course–for private viewing only!

  8. 53 here.my first silent experience was seeing Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera in 1972.but I really became hooked when I saw the landmark series Hollywood.

  9. 59, and my youthful experiences were similar to Marla’s (Blackhawk Films, borrowing reels from the public library, the conversion to videotape and then DVD, etc.) A double bill of “City Lights” and “Modern Times” at a long-gone art house in Memphis made me a true believer.

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