A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the by Paul Monaco

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A heritage of yank videos offers a survey of the narrative function movie from the Nineteen Twenties to the current. The publication makes a speciality of one hundred seventy of the main very popular and well-known characteristic motion pictures chosen via the Hollywood institution: each one Oscar winner for top photo, in addition to these voted the best via participants of the yank movie Institute.

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The actual production work on City Lights quickly became Hollywood legend. The directorial demands of the perfectionist Chaplin for retakes were said to break all-time records. Chaplin’s relationship with his costar, Virginia Cherrill, vacillated from coolly professional to downright icy. At one point, Chaplin fired her from the production, only to hire her back three weeks later at twice the salary. He also fired Henry Clive from his role as the millionaire and replaced him with Harry Myers. In spite of this turbulent production process, City Lights was a solid moneymaker.

The challenge of what is called genre filmmaking—“genre” being one way of bringing a measure of standardization to cinema—is to reliably create small differences within the particulars of each movie, even while it remains generally within the standard genre model. Genre is a way of approaching moviemaking by type, but genres themselves change over time, and the audiences for movies demand that shifts occur in genres. Alongside seeing MGM’s 1925 movie The Big Parade as the prototype of the “war movie,” or classifying The Gold Rush as a melodramatic comedy, substantial numbers of moviegoers were thought to reliably pay to see less distinctive westerns, romances, suspense movies, or slapstick comedies.

The exhibition sector for movies was changed forever. Once established in film, synchronous sound spread like wildfire. Although some major figures in world cinema—from Charlie Chaplin to the famed Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein—lamented the coming of sound, audiences embraced sound movies wholeheartedly. Within a year of the release of The Jazz Singer, for all practical purposes it had become impossible to successfully produce and release a silent movie anywhere in the world. EARLY SOUND PRODUCTION AND THE EARLY OSCAR WINNERS On the one hand, synchronous sound changed the production of motion pictures toward a greater role for music in their artistic composition and emotional impact.

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