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Movies and Actors of the 1920's

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Alaina Bruton

on 15 February 2017

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Transcript of Movies and Actors of the 1920's

Early Films
Movie Theaters
Academy Awards
Famous Actors
Popular Movies
Modern Films
In the 1920’s, films were mostly silent. Silent films were often accompanied by live piano or organ music. The experience of watching moving pictures on the silver screen captivated audiences. This time period in film was known as the silent era. It would not be until the production of The Jazz Singer in 1927 that synchronized sound was introduced to the movie experience.
Hollywood was where the majority of filmmaking took place. In the mid-1920’s, around eight-hundred movies were being created each year. Hollywood appealed to up and coming movie directors because of it’s inexpensive real estate and sunny weather. Hollywood was even considered it’s own separate “colony”.
Studios were enormous buildings that most filming was done in. Studios had many sets and miniature cities. Studios were first created in Hollywood. Each studio had a gated entrance with security guards. Studios were separated into three groups: The Big Five, The Little Three, and Poverty Row. The Big Five were Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount, RKO, Metro Goldwyn Meyer, and 20th Century Fox. The Little Three were Universal, United Artists, and Columbia Pictures. Poverty Row consisted of Disney, Monogram Pictures, Republic Pictures, and 20th Century Pictures.
The first movie theaters were called “nickelodeons”. They were very basic and admission costed a nickel. These “nickelodeons” usually had a piano or organ to accompany the film. Major film studios built theaters called “picture palaces”. These theaters had around three-thousand seats and usually had an orchestra to accompany the film.
Movie Palace
Charlie Chaplin: He was known for his toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, and bamboo cane.
Douglas Fairbanks: He did all of his own stunts.
Rudolph Valentino: His trademark was his deep penetrating gaze.
Buster Keaton: His films contained lots of gadgets that he made himself.
Max Schreck: He played different characters that were mostly out of the norm.
Janet Gaynor: She started her career as an extra.
1921: The Kid: Charlie Chaplin
1922: Nosferatu: Max Schreck
1923: The Pilgrim: Charlie Chaplin
1924: The Thief of Bagdad: Douglas Fairbanks
1925: The Eagle: Rudolph Valentino
1926: The General: Buster Keaton
1927: The Jazz Singer: Al Jolson
1928: Street Angels: Janet Gaynor
1929: Sunny Side Up: Janet Gaynor
The first Academy Awards were held on May 16, 1929. At this ceremony the awards were called Oscars. This ceremony was a dinner party held for around 250 people in Hollywood, California. Douglas Fairbanks was the first host of the Academy Awards. Only silent films were allowed to compete for Oscars. Janet Gaynor was a female actress that competed for five best actress nominations. She ended up winning three out of five Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, an actor, writer, and director, won a special award and was not nominated for any other awards because of his unpopularity in Hollywood.
Douglas Fairbanks presenting Janet Gaynor with an Oscar for Best Actress.
The first movies of the 1920’s were called silent films. The only sound that accompanied these films were piano or organ music and music played by an orchestra. In 1927, The Jazz Singer was produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment. It was the first film that had someone speaking and singing on screen. Other companies saw this as a fad, and began to produce sound films of their own.
Movies filmed in these times are all considered talkies. Movie theaters, on average, have around 200-300 seats. We pay around eight to ten dollars to see a movie. The Academy Awards are hosted for around two-thousand to three-thousand people.
In Arkansas…
Eliza Ann Ross Miller was the first African-American woman to build and operate a movie theater in Arkansas. The theater was called the Plaza Theater and opened in 1917 in downtown Helena.
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