A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the by Paul Monaco

By Paul Monaco

A historical past of yank videos offers a survey of the narrative function movie from the Nineteen Twenties to the current. The ebook makes a speciality of a hundred and seventy of the main extremely popular and famous function movies chosen through the Hollywood institution: each one Oscar winner for top photo, in addition to these voted the best by means of individuals of the yank movie Institute.

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The business approach of vertical integration meshed hand-in-glove with the tightly controlled approach to unit production pioneered by Irving Thalberg. Making, distributing, and showing movies to the public in their own theaters, as a complete package, was at the heart of Hollywood’s success throughout its Classic Era. Still, the challenge to each of these vertically integrated studios was how to attract viewers back to the movie theaters week after week. At the heart of doing that was seeing to it that the Hollywood system of movie production was based on a division of labor to assure the professional quality of production through specialization and expertise: directors directed, writers wrote photoplays, cinematographers did camera and lighting, editors edited, and so forth.

He is tempted by this idea, and his infatuation with the city girl is powerful, but in the end, he cannot carry out the deed. The danger to their relationship, however, allows the husband and wife to discover the true depth of their feelings for each other—and allows Murnau to orchestrate visuals conveying their passionate reengagement with life. They go to the city and end up renewing their wedding vows. Fox allowed the studio’s new recruit from Germany latitude to create a symphony of pace and movement as a roving camera glides through sets filled with people, trolley buses, neon lights, and so on.

First, the story of the movie builds on what is called a social metaphor based on the premise of becoming rich and then finding love. The Little Tramp pursues the affections of the dance hall girl through much of the movie, resulting in only rejection and disappointment. He then meets her again on a freighter traveling back from Alaska after he has shared Big Jim’s great gold strike and become a millionaire, and their love blossoms. The second element that distinguishes The Gold Rush is the visual inventiveness of so many of the scenes.

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