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

By Paul Monaco

A historical past of yankee video clips offers a survey of the narrative function movie from the Nineteen Twenties to the current. The booklet specializes in a hundred and seventy of the main extremely popular and well-known function movies chosen through the Hollywood institution: every one Oscar winner for most sensible photograph, in addition to these voted the best by way of individuals of the yankee movie Institute.

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According to Thalberg, the studio needed next to weigh back in on the project with strict control only in the postproduction stage. This meant overseeing the editing and, after 1927, the music scoring and the sound mix, as well as closely controlling the final form in which the movie would be released to the public. A central component of the successful Hollywood studio system was to harness the ambitions of the creative people making films to the demands of entertainment that satisfied audience taste.

Synchronous sound production in the movies occurred just as the awarding of the Oscars began. As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences settled into the early years of its awards for merit, its second and third selections for Best Picture, for 1928/29 and 1929/30, respectively, were The Broadway Melody and All Quiet on the Western Front. As it turned out, each of these movies characterized one of two major tendencies in Hollywood films during the early years of synchronous sound production.

This idea was carried out so well on the screen because the movie is structured as a series of clever visual vignettes about hardship and deprivation, each of which makes viewers laugh. By 1925, Charlie Chaplin himself had struck it rich by Hollywood standards. He was a producer-writer-director in the mold of Griffith, a virtuoso screen performer, and an artistic genius of immense proportions. He had his own studio space and a staff that was essentially his, including the services of art director Charles D.

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