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Why do people in old movies talk weird ?



Why do movie actors and newsreaders have such a strange accent in old clips ?

   

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Comment icon #1 Posted by LV-426 on 28 February, 2018, 13:22
The Brits are in your archives, stealing your movie nostalgia... BUUHAHAHAHAHA!!! *ahem* Sorry... don't know what came over me there...
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword on 28 February, 2018, 16:20
Without watching the video I can tell you it's because the first movie makers were all in vaudeville and overprojected both personalities and voices to be sure to get the feel of the character across to a large audience.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 28 February, 2018, 16:24
Okay now I've watched the video and this guy totally proves that just because you made a video doesn't mean you're right.  Both Carry Grant and the woman in the scene with him were old school Vaudevillians and THAT is why they are projecting like that.  My grandparents were of that generation and they most certainly did not speak in this so called mid Atlantic accent.  This guy is just full of it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then on 1 March, 2018, 13:32
Was that Arsenic and Old Lace?  
Comment icon #5 Posted by LV-426 on 1 March, 2018, 14:37
Apparently, it's a genuine thing: Mid-Atlantic accent "The accent is, therefore, best associated with the American upper class, theater, and film industry of the 1930s and 1940s, largely taught in private independent preparatory schools especially in the American Northeast and in acting schools. The accent's overall use sharply declined following the Second World War." It's not exactly a surprise with actors such as Cary Grant, as he was English-born, as were contemporaries such as Bob Hope. Back in this era in Britain, any kind of regional accent was also considered improper. If a newsreader ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by .ZZ. on 1 March, 2018, 15:14
They thought they we better than us regular folks. Snooty.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hammerclaw on 1 March, 2018, 16:15
Affectation. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by quiXilver on 3 March, 2018, 6:41
The popular and dominant style of acting changes with the progression of generations in response to and to suit the taste of the culture of the time.  Our current dominant style is "naturalism" and it dominates because this is what audiences respond to and are affected by, so this is what is taught in schools and emulated by professional hopefuls. Listen to a bit of Sir John Gielgood, or Laurence Olivier, who were the most influential and potent actors of their era and by modern standards they sound somewhat ridiculous... it sounds almost as if they are singing their prose.  Yet, this was what... [More]


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