The Silent Films: The Golden Age Of The Film

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The 1920’s and 1930’s was considered the golden age for movie production. In the 1920’s the production code started censoring the film makers. This stated that any movie written had to pass a certain criteria examples included: if containing sex, violence, and killing. Early silent movies were often accompanied by live piano or organ music. Films were black and white. According to A Short Stories of the Movies, D.W Griffith, never had the intention to make movies, accidentally writing and reporting for a Louisville newspaper led him to become a movie producer, and writer. He is known as the inventor of Hollywood for using close-up shots, which tightly frames an object; today is known as “zooming”. He also used cross-cutting, in order to make …show more content…

Were an era of "women’s pictures."(1940’s ) These are films that are part of a film noir, which are dark films (low-key lightning) from 1942-1955. The women wear elegant dresses and luxurious jewellery; they move around fluidly to display their sex-appeal. The Femme Fatale, which meant that during that time money matter most then love and family. The femme fatale coincided with female acquisition of economic and social clout in real life. The women refused to play the role of traditional womanhood. One of the actress for the film was Barbara Stanwyck, in Double Indemnity, the idea was to murder to free herself from an unbearable relationship with a man who would try to possess and control her, as if she were a piece of property or a pet. A women who felt her husband did not appreciated her, nor love her. She states in the movie “He keeps me on a leash so tight I can’t breath.” Double Indemnity (1944) She consults an insurance agent to plan her husband’s death in order to receive her indemnity. The insurance agent motivation and action made him give in by using very personal feelings of guilt and corruption. Women in those days were expected to listen to their husband with no question. At the end, she was succesful into leading the insurance agent to help her kill her husband. At the time, few actresses agreed to play evil women, but Stanwyck took risks and made of Phyllis the perfect …show more content…

In the movie On the Waterfront she is dressed like a kept woman - smart, simple, subtle and quiet. She is pursuing an education in a time where men ruled and worked. Women were to stay at home and did not had a voice to express their ideas or what they would like to do. It is a movie mise-en-scène, that was not film in a set. Rather in the waterfront and piers of New Jersey. In the movie she does not listened to her father, she wants to find out who killed her brother and rebels. She manages to soften Brando 's reviving heart and creating a feeling that never existed before in him. She knows she is in trouble for falling in love with men that has bad reputation for doing bad things, she believes that love will change him, but also give her the answer to who killed her brother. She puts her life in danger many times in order to find out the truth and convince her lover to

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  • Explains that d.w griffith was the first to understand how certain film techniques could be used to create an expressive language.
  • Explains that edwin porter invented the motion picture camera and was the first to shoot at night, adding effects, and juxtaposition which made the film truly dramatic. griffith freed the camera from stage perspective by breaking the action of scenes into many different shots.
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