By Paul Monaco

ISBN-10: 0810874342

ISBN-13: 9780810874343

A background of yank video clips presents a survey of the narrative characteristic movie from the Twenties to the current. The ebook makes a speciality of one hundred seventy of the main very hot and well-known characteristic movies chosen by way of the Hollywood institution: every one Oscar winner for most sensible photograph, in addition to these voted the best by way of contributors of the yankee movie Institute.

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Audiences were treated to seeing and hearing Al Jolson perform several popular songs in sync, but what really captured their imagination was the naturalness of the movie’s story as underscored by the content and tone of the brief dialogue scenes—the lines for which Jolson improvised. In a recollection published in the Saturday Evening Post nearly twenty years later, Jolson acknowledged: The Jazz Singer appealed to me more than any other role because it was a story of my own experiences. I was reliving part of my own life—my early environment and upbringing, my refusal to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a Rabbi, my unbreakable preoccupation with singing and acting.

Between 1915 and 1920, Hollywood was built on this understanding, and it was built quickly. The most successful of the Hollywood companies simultaneously produced and distributed movies and owned their own chains of theaters in which movies were shown. These studios were vertically integrated. Vertical integration would last until 1948. From early on, tension existed between the artistic aspirations of moviemakers and the financial realities of the motion picture industry. Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton on the one hand, and Irving Thalberg on the other, personified this tension.

Nonetheless, the relatively new studio was willing to invest what at the time was a movie industry record of $125,000 just to obtain the rights to adapt the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron to the screen. Cimarron was based on the true story of Thomas Ferguson, a pioneer politician and newspaper publisher, and was set during the late nineteenthcentury land rush in the Oklahoma Territory. In a fashion typical of all of Ferber’s novels, the screenplay by Howard Estabrook followed a formula that found the main character, Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix), becoming increasingly irresponsible in his business affairs, even as he remained socially charming.

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