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Movies without dialogue

By Mark Cousins   November 2003

No one seems to have commented on this, but there have been too many of them not to notice: the great films of late summer and early autumn this year have been almost speechless. Literally. They have little or no dialogue. We have had Vendredi Soir from Claire Denis, the French director renowned for her sensual wordless scenes. It is about a woman daydreaming in a Paris traffic jam, picking up a man and having sex with him. It has the odd sentence, but nothing of consequence. The animated feature Belleville Rendez-Vous, an instant classic, has a few mumbles and…

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