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Film of the 1920s
Transcript of Film of the 1920s
Mary Pickford: America' s Sweetheart
Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes
The 1920s was the age of movies.
Where people could go relax and have a good time.
There were many great actors and actresses of this era that we still know today.
Setting the Scene for Movie Theaters
Film of the 1920s
Charlie Chaplin "World's Greatest Comedian"
Charlie Chaplin was born in London, on April 16, 1889.
Chaplin started acting at the age of 7.
His first big hit was "Kid Auto Races At Venice" in 1914.
Through all the great movies that he starred in, he was eventually billed as the "The World's Greatest Comedian".
Charlie Chaplin eventually passed in the year 1977.
- The Kid (1921)
- The Idle Class (1921)
- Pay Day (1922)
- The Pilgrim (1923)
- A Woman of Paris (1923)
- The Gold Rushy (1925)
- The Circus (1928)
- Show People (1928)
"The Lion' s Cage"
Coming Soon: "The Kid"
Now Playing in Theaters
Join the Excitement!
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"
Historical Timeline of 1920s Movie History
The Implications of Talking Motion Pictures
Talking Movies and Changes in Film Industry
The Jazz Singer
Effects of Talkies
Effects of Talkies
Famous Actors/Actresses of the 1920s
Famous Singers of the 1920s
Rin Tin Tin
Barnum and Baily, The Ringling Brothers
...and many more.
Famous Musicians of the 1920s
Joe "King" Oliver
Jelly Roll Morton
"The Great Stone Face"
Born May 6, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy
Made his debut with The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
One of the first film sex symbol
AKA the "Great Lover", "Latino Lover", "The Sheik", or simply Rudy or Valentino
Wrote a poetry book Day Dreams
One of the first to give awards for artistic accomplishments in film-The Rudolph Valentino Medal
Died August 23, 1926 New York City, New York
Mary was born Gladys Marie Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mary Pickford began in the theater at age seven
She began in films in 1909 with the 'American Mutoscope & Biograph'
She was a co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
On May 29, 1979, Pickford died at a Santa Monica hospital
-Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
Come to the Silent Film Movie Theater!
By the middle of the 1920s, every town had a least one movie theater; going to the movie theater was a big event for people.
When people went to the movies, people would spend 4 hours watching previews, film-shorts, newsreals, and maybe a cartoon prior to the feature film.
Sometimes, there would be a double feature, so a second full-length film would complete the movie package.
- Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
-Our Hospitality (1923)
-The Navigator (1924)
-Sherlock Jr. (1924)
-Seven Chances (1925)
-The Cameraman (1928)
-The General (1927)
Buster Keaton was born in Piqua, Kansas, October 4, 1895.
He died in Woodland Hills, California, February 1, 1966.
Buster Keaton officially appeared on stage in 1899. The parents introduced Buster to theater at "Music Hall."
He was most famous between 1920 and 1923; Keaton filmed a feature film, Passion and Nonsense Wedding (The Saphead) and 19 short films.
His last appearance in public was in 1965 at the Venice Film Festival; when he presented what would be his last film.
At the age of 70, Buster Keaton died at his home in Los Angeles from cancer
The primary steps in the commercialization of sound cinema were taken in the mid- to late 1920s.
The sound films incorporating synchronized dialogue—known as "talking pictures", or "talkies"
Talkies were exclusively short; the earliest feature-length movies with recorded sound included only music and effects.
The first feature film originally presented as a talkie was The Jazz Singer, released in October 1927.
The Jazz Singer
, Al Jolson was the main star and performed 6 songs.
" Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams."
-The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
-The Sheik (1921)
-Blood and Sand (1922)
-The Eagle (1925)
-The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Vaudeville performances could not compete with the technology of the talkies and many of its actors were unable to adapt to the format of sound motion pictures.
Talking films also hurt the careers of the many orchestra musicians who provided the live score to many of the original silent movies.
The speech and voices of certain actors also proved to be a difficult hurdle for many studios to overcome. (Only Charlie Chapman maintained his formal level of popularity.)
With talking pictures, audiences concentrated on hearing the movie, so it's no longer acceptable to talk during the movie.
Talkies helped secure Hollywood's position as one of the world's most powerful cultural/commercial systems.
The number of sound cinemas grew from 100 to 800 between 1928 and 1929.
Sound linked the motion picture industry to other businesses, setting up long term and lucretive partnerships. For example, for many of its films, Warner Bros. attained their Vitaphone sound system from Western Electric.
"The Little Princess" and "Coquette"
Interview with Mary Pickford