Silent Films

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Harold Lloyd – Safety Last

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Safety Last (1923) is a silent film comedy romance classic that earned its star Harold Lloyd his nickname as “the King of Daredevil Comedy.” Lloyd’s films successfully combined sight gags and pathos, along with very ingenious stunts and clever visual elements.

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, this very enjoyable silent film is best remembered for a particularly risky stunt in which comedian Harold Lloyd hangs onto the hand of a clock that is perched on a twelve-story building above the city streets. This scene, both scary and thrilling, was shot with most of the camera compositions including the view of the perilous drop below.

The motion pictures title is based on the familiar phrase, “Safety First.”

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1920s Films – Early Production and The Introduction of Sound

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The 1920’s was a very notable era in film making primarily due to the transition from silent films to “talkies.” The technology of synchronized sound was introduced in 1927 with the film debut of “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolsen, and the motion picture industry would never be the same again.

Prior to the introduction of synchronized sound, movies were considered an art form that appealed to audiences worldwide. Their goal was to entertain and they were very good at it. The financial success of the film industry was enormous with over a thousand films released every year and over a hundred million tickets sold each week.

The magical influence of films during the post World War I era helped America to deal with the harsh memories of war by providing audiences with laughter and a harmless escape into a silver screen world of fantasy populated by movie stars who were larger then life. 

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1920’s Movie Stars – The Brightest Stars of the 1920’s

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

When most of us think of the era known as the “roaring twenties” we imagine what it must have been like to live during the time of flappers, 1920’s silent movies and their stars along with prohibition. Motion pictures produced during this period pale technically in comparison to the films that show on our silver screen today.

In the early part of the twenties, films were silent with the possible exception of a piano or organ being played live in the theater as a background to the picture. This all changed with the debut of the  “Jazz Singer” in 1927 starring famed entertainer, Al Jolson

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The Gold Rush: A Hollywood Comedy Classic

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The Gold Rush, the 1925 silent screen comedy, is generally thought to be Charlie Chaplin’s most well known film. Throughout the history of motion pictures, both film critics and viewers have always considered this Chaplin film to be a true Hollywood comedy classic from the silent era. 

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