With 'The Artist' making news in Cannes, I read on the news that 'any good film student knows Charlie Chaplin's 'Modern Times' was the last silent film made. I got searching on that, and it certainly isn't the case. In fact, there have been other silent films made, including this one from 2005 called 'The Call of Cthulhu' (story from HP Lovecraft).
The film won several awards and appeared at many shows since it release, including being shown at 'Le Giornate del Cinema Muto' in Sacile, Italy in 2006. This is the trailer:
Another silent film released in 2007 is from Australia called 'Dr. Plonk' by Rolf de Heer. While not in wide release, it has made the festival current, from the 'much loved Australian director.' The following are the trailer and review/interview about the film.
Unlike these two films, 'The Artist' could be the most successful entry in the recent silent films made. Just have to get people captured into the once silent world, where music and emotions transported people into the story, and not just words. (Thanks to one of our Edna FB page followers for tracking down Dr. Plonk videos.)