The Golden Age of
Film
In the beginning, there was Edison
• Let’s take a trip to New Jersey, where the
motion picture began.
William Kennedy Laurie Dickson
• He was the chief engineer at Edison’s Lab
in West Orange, NJ. He created the first
cellul...
The Kinetoscope
• The kinetoscope is a device used to show
the short moving films invented at the
Edison labs.
Let’s take a peek at the kinetoscope …
• We will visit the inside of the device to
watch how it operated.
D. W. Griffith
• Master Movie Maker of the early screen:
• Griffith’s work utilized the modern film
techniques of the time...
Silent films
• Silent films were the norm at first and most
usually lasted from 10-15 minutes.
Eventually, as demand incre...
Talkies
• In 1927, Warner Brothers released, The
Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson. Take a
look and see if you recognize the...
The Great Wars
• During WW1 & WW2, films were used for
propaganda, advertisements to buy U. S.
Savings Bonds and to share ...
1950’s & 1960’s
• This era of filmmaking was known as the
“Post Classical Era”. Film makers took a
turn to show more viole...
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The golden age of film

  1. 1. The Golden Age of Film
  2. 2. In the beginning, there was Edison • Let’s take a trip to New Jersey, where the motion picture began.
  3. 3. William Kennedy Laurie Dickson • He was the chief engineer at Edison’s Lab in West Orange, NJ. He created the first cellulose strips imprinted with images, which were shown through a kinetoscope.
  4. 4. The Kinetoscope • The kinetoscope is a device used to show the short moving films invented at the Edison labs.
  5. 5. Let’s take a peek at the kinetoscope … • We will visit the inside of the device to watch how it operated.
  6. 6. D. W. Griffith • Master Movie Maker of the early screen: • Griffith’s work utilized the modern film techniques of the time and often highlighted controversial issues like the KKK and his famous film (1915) Birth of a Nation
  7. 7. Silent films • Silent films were the norm at first and most usually lasted from 10-15 minutes. Eventually, as demand increased and technology grew, films became longer and people would pay to view them. • Some of the most famous silent screen actors are Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Will Rogers, Louise Brooks, Mary Astor, Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Gish, Roscoe, “Fatty Arbuckle”, among many others.
  8. 8. Talkies • In 1927, Warner Brothers released, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson. Take a look and see if you recognize the song… • This was the first synchronized singing and dancing film, but it was mostly silent. It wasn’t until 1928 that the first synchronized film with sound was released.
  9. 9. The Great Wars • During WW1 & WW2, films were used for propaganda, advertisements to buy U. S. Savings Bonds and to share news. There was very little immediate live news coverage during this time, so many people went to the movies to see what was happening in the world. This brought reality home.
  10. 10. 1950’s & 1960’s • This era of filmmaking was known as the “Post Classical Era”. Film makers took a turn to show more violence, sex, and other “distasteful” content on the big screen. This eventually led to the ratings system that we have today.

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