Originally Posted by Clintspin
Watch Helen Woods Moody take a big cut with a wrap around finish and in the end a really nice topspin backhand. She was on the female side of this era and it doesn't look too bad to me. Tilden had to be hitting the ball much harder.
The old films always make things look funny. Does Charlie Chaplin look like he is moving the same way people do in movies today?
If you watch the video at around 0:57 you see the player hitting several almost Almagro-like backhands, and the ball is hit with lots of pace--immediately gone, out of the camera range.
One factor that must be taken into account is the film-speed: standard silent movie film-speed was 18 frames per second; standard sound film-speed is 24 frames per second Much video footage is 32-36 frames per second. 18 frames per second results in a quick but jerky set of motions a la Charlie Chaplin (particularly when played back on modern projectors, which have only one playback speed, that is 24 frames per second).