I chose this as my first post here, because I like what Griffith said about films of his time. And (of course) I would like to have less talking in virtual films today.
"What the modern movie lacks is beauty — the beauty of moving wind in the trees, the little movement in a beautiful blowing on the trees' blossoms. This they have forgotten entirely. They have forgotten that no still painting — not the greatest ever was anything but a pallid still picture. But the moving picture! Today they have forgotten movement in the moving picture — it is all stale and still. The moving picture is beautiful, the moving of wind on trees is more beautiful than a painting. Too much today depends on the voice. I love talking pictures properly done. . . . We have taken beauty and exchanged it for stilted voices."
"D. W. GRIFFITH AND THE MOVIES" by SEYMOUR STERN
In: The American Mercury, March 1949, pp. 318-319