History of Film

The history of film began with images drawn on pieces of paper in slightly different positions and flipped through quickly to create the effect of movement. Most people remember the paper drawings that create a horse jumping when flipped quickly. The development of the camera became sophisticated enough that people were thinking in terms of motion picture. And so, the history of film was also set in motion.

The early history of film had very short movies which were like wonders for the people viewing them. An early film of a man getting up from a bench, walking across the room and sitting down again spellbinded turn of the 20th century audiences, who were watching “movies” merely to marvel at the media.

The first full length films were silent movies. The history of film coincides with theatre because of the mood of the first film and the place where they were shown. Audiences would sit and watch a woman being tied to the railroad tracks and then impossibly rescued while a live piano player would improvise background music according to the drama on screen. The subjects of these early films resembled the Victorian melodrama with villains, heroes and damsels in distress, much like the style of theatre at that time.

The first talkie was The Jazz Singer and the talkies introduced a new era in the history of film in which plots could go beyond melodrama and be more complicated. Soon, scriptwriters had a field day, and the films began to become more than simply a curiosity. Starletts such as Jean Harlow would speak in witty, fresh dialogue, although sight gags were still popular, as were the antic of Laurel and Hardy.

The history of film progressed to include the mega-motion pictures and large scale epics such as Gone with the Wind. These sentimental sagas were counterbalanced later with the very realistic Casablanca and the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall pictures. Humphrey Bogart was a revolutionary film hero, because he was a straight-talker and not a sentimental type, as many of the heroes were in earlier films.

In the 1950s, Alfred Hitchcock added his name to the notables in the history of film by practically inventing the suspense genre in films such as Psycho and The Birds. These movies explored major and minor quirks in human nature and the unexpected usually happened.

In the 1970s, Jaws became the first blockbuster, and since then, special effects and going for maximum sales have been principles of business in Hollywood.

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