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I have a hard time following the plots of silent films that are any more sophisticated than a Keystone Cops short. I presume the average silent film audience member wasn't that much smarter than me, yet they apparently followed the plotlines. I wondered if people then had different visual cues--a language of film--to help them understand the plot and action of the film. We have them in sound films: a wave transition indicates a flashback. A clock wipe indicates the passage of time. Music cues all sorts of things: approaching danger, etc. I assume that certain live music was in