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Sailors, bicycles and condensed milk: why now is the perfect time to get into silent cinema

It's are the perfect comedy for our digital age. After all, what are GIFs if not tiny silent films?

By Caroline O'Donoghue  

I have ended up at a silent film event. I say this to be honest from the outset, because there are two kinds of cultural events you “end up at” (rather than knowingly, wilfully attend) and they are thus.

One: events you are roped into because a friend-of-a-friend is playing Macbeth, and

Two: events you suggest as a way to signal how high-minded and interesting you are, but have no intention of actually going to, until someone calls your bluff and buys the tickets.

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