Molly the movements of thought and soul

Molly Hayes

Mrs. Bubel

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English 11.6

19 Jan 2018

1920s Movies

“The
great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body,
but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense
isolate.” Louise Brooks

The
1920s was a huge change in the movie industry. Silent Films were no longer the
big deal in the box offices and the first Talkie was created. Charlie Chaplin
continued his famous character as “The Tramp” in three different movies. There
were many actors and actresses that were known and many that became famous
during the 1920s. Movies have been popular for decades and they are still very
popular today. They have been greatly modified and well improved since the
1920’s.

Silent Movies are movies that are usually in black & white
and accompanied by music that brings out the drama and emotions in each scene.
The first silent film in Hollywood during the 1920s was very controversial. It
brought protests by the NAACP which also led to riots in Philadelphia and
Boston. There were a few great movies in the 1920s. The Phantom of the
Opera is an American silent horror film that was produced through
Universal Studios. The film was originally completed in 1923 but was reworked
over two years and was finally released in 1925. The Big Parade is an
American silent film that was produced through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Productions
in 1925. This was the first movie to depict the experiences of the ordinary man
that was enlisted during World War I. It gives a fascinating look at how the
war affected the population of America. The Crowd is an American
silent film classic that was produced through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Productions
in 1928. This movie shows a morbid look on society far removed from the upbeat
lively fare, because of this director King Vidor won a universal acclaim for
his innovative methods of showing the harsh, impersonal acts of urban
existence. Although this movie was known as one of the greatest American films
it never reached the box-office status. Silent Movies were the popular movies
until talkies came along.

Talkies were started in 1927 by the Warner
Brothers. The first talkie was The Jazz Singer. This film was mostly
music and a couple of hundred words were spoken. Talkies brought the lowering
of the silent movies status (Alchin). Most of the talkies were created through
the Warner Brothers studios. The Jazz Singer is an American musical
film produced through Warners Brothers studio in the year of 1927. The Jazz
Singer was the first full feature film to have a soundtrack that included
speaking parts. It was the second vitaphone feature that was created through
Warner Brothers studio. A vitaphone was a sound film system used for feature
films and nearly 1,000 short subjects made by Warner Bros. Lights of New
York is an American pre-code crime drama produced through the Warner
Brothers studio in 1928. This movie is the first full-length all-talking film
directed by Bryan Foy. On with the Show is an American musical film
produced through the Warner Brothers studio. This movie was the first
all-talking color movie that means it was also filmed in two-strip Technicolor.
On with the Show was directed by Alan Crosland who also directed 50 other movies
(Pfeiffer). One of the most known talkie actors was Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 in
London England. As a child he worked with a children’s dance troop before
making his mark in the film industry. His first known character was “The Tramp.
That character relied a lot to become an iconic figure of the silent-film
period. Charlie Chaplin was one of the very firm superstars; this elevated the
industry in ways you could have never imagined. By the age of 26 he was a
superstar making about $670,000 a year. During the 1920s his career sky rocketed
even more. He created some amazing films, some of them are The Kid (1921), The
Circus (1928), and The Gold Rush (1925). Throughout the years he created a
broad spectrum of films. On Christmas morning in 1977 Charlie Chaplin passed
away at his home in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland (“Charlie
Chaplin-Comedian”).

Charlie Chaplin was also famous for his life when
he wasn’t making films. He had affairs with actresses he had casted for his
movies and of course, some ended better than others. In 1918 he married Mildred
Harris who was only sixteen years old. That marriage only lasted two years.
Four years later he married another sixteen year old by the name of Lita Grey.
That marriage came to because of an unplanned pregnancy which gave Chaplin two
little boys, Charles Jr. and Sydney. The pregnancy made both Charlie and Lita
unhappy so in 1927 they got a divorce. After the twenties Chaplin was married
two more times and had eight more children (“Charlie Chaplin-Comedian”).

Three
popular movies follow Chaplins “The Tramp” character. The first movie was The Kid. The Kid is an American
silent film produced through First National Pictures studio in the year of
1921. It was the first feature-length film created by Charlie Chaplin. The next
movie in this series is The Gold Rush.
The Gold Rush is an American silent
film that was produced through United Artists Studio in the year of 1925. This
film follows the adventure of Chaplin’s legendary tramp character. This film
was directed, produced, and written by Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin wanted to be
remembered by this film. The last film of these popular films is The Circus. The Circus is an American silent film that was produced through
United Artists Studio in 1928. This film is known as one of Charlie Chaplin’s
most acclaimed films. Charlie Chaplin was awarded an honorary Academy Award
“for versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus” (Pfeiffer).