[2015] Isabella Hartwell: Films of the 1920's

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[2015] Isabella Hartwell: Films of the 1920's

Films of The 1920's

In the 1920’s movie stars were real stars and had huge salaries. The early silent movies were often accompanied by live piano or organ music and provided enormous entertainment value to audiences everywhere.

The first movie theatres were called Nickelodeons, and were very basic. 1927 was the year when research into synchronized sound started to pay-off and new talking-picture technologies saw the light of day. The Warner Bro's Vitaphone sound–on–disc system was used for "The Jazz Singer".

Although various attempts had been made to introduce sound, it wasn't until 1923 that a commercially distributed film contained a synchronized sound track that was photographically recorded and printed on to the side of the strip of motion picture film.

By the mid-20s, movies were big business (with a capital investment totaling over $2 billion) with some theatres offering double features. By the end of the decade, there were 20 Hollywood studios, and the demand for films was greater than ever.

Most people are unaware that the greatest output of feature films in the US occurred in the 1920s and 1930s (averaging about 800 film releases in a year) - nowadays, it is remarkable when production exceeds 500 films in a year.

By: Isabella Hartwell


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