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Movies of the 20s (Taschen Spring) [Paperback]

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The birth of cinema: From the invention of the moving picture to the first sound movies From the first moving pictures (the Lumi?re brothers? 1895 ?L?arriv? d?un train?), early westerns, fantastic pictures, and nickelodeons all the way through the golden age of silent film in the 1920s, this book covers the first three decades of the moving picture around the world. In America, we witness the birth of Hollywood, circa 1910, where film quickly became a powerful industry and D. W. Griffith put American cinema on the map; later, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton developed a new language of visual comedy while eccentrics like Erich von Stroheim and Cecil B. DeMille turned cinema into a high art form and show biz respectively, and sex symbols like Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo heated up the screens. Meanwhile, in Europe, German directors such as Ernst Lubitsch and Fritz Lang were establishing their careers and Russian greats Eisenstein and Pudovkin were already revolutionizing a nascent art form. At the end of the 1920s the very first ?talkies, ? albeit rudimentary ones, brutally crushed the silent art, but by 1930 sound masterpieces such as Sternberg's The Blue Angel and Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front were produced. This exploration of the founding years of cinema offers a fascinating perspective on a period in movie history that is far too often overlooked in our times. Film entries include: ? Synopsis ? Film stills and production photos ? Cast/crew listings ? Trivia ? Useful information on technical stuff ? Actor and director bios

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Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 8.4" Height: 1.7"
Weight:   4.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822846139  
ISBN13  9783822846131  

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A must have for silent film fans!  Jul 7, 2008
I had high expectations for this book and I wasn't disappointed. Wonderful pictures, many of which I've not seen in other books. Excellent commentary and good selection of films, not just American ones. Beautifully done and a great addition to my silent film library.
Movies of the 20's (Taschen Spring)  Jan 12, 2008
This is the newest installment of a series on movies by decade. I have already the rest in the series and was quite pleased with the 20's. First surprise was that it actually covers the earliest films before 1920. It then continues through the twenties into the first "talkies" and on to the first grand masterpieces of the screen from 1930. As with the others it is fun to go through the pages of this book pictorially and just bring back memories that one may have. I think about all the film studies done by television and remember these old silent movies being mentioned. The second surprise is that each movie has a commentary written, so that someone such as myself may gain a broader understanding of the movie (especially if you have not seen or heard of that movie). Then each movie will also have a highlighted focus on either someone related to the picture (actor,director,cinematographer,etc.), or it may focus on the genre, the production set, or the movie studio (MGM is one). Finally, quotations are taken from the movie and media reviews of the time to round things out. A must for the movie buff!!!! It is a visual treat, but then becomes so much more. The pictures covered truly cover a wide range of the industry, not just Hollywood, but European and Russia as well. Pick this up and start finding out why pictures have always piqued our interest. You won't be sorry!

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