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  1. Film History andits humble beginnings…

  2. Where did film begin?

  3. USA & FRANCE What famous American led the way?

  4. Can you guess who I am?

  5. France’s LumiereBrothers

  6. When did moving pictures begin?

  7. Late 1880s - 1890s • Edison invents Kinetoscope • One viewer at a time • ‘Film Strip’

  8. The Kinetoscope

  9. Kinetoscopeparlours became a huge success!

  10. 1895 • Lumiere Bros. improved it • Projected the image for a group experience • Films were silent • Extremely short (one minute) 1896 Sandow video

  11. What was the dominant form of entertainment at this time in history?

  12. Vaudeville Theatre!

  13. Vaudeville • Traveling show • Comedians & routines • Singing & dancing • Variety show

  14. Silent Film Era Begins(1890- 1927) • Black & White • Camera is in one position • Broad acting style • Simple plots

  15. “A Trip to the Moon”by Georges Melies 1902 “Le Voyage dans la Lune”

  16. Groundbreaking Film • First Science Fiction • France • Special Effects • Extremely popular • Compare/contrast with Eugene Sandow film

  17. Great artistic vision lasts… Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight” Find 3 likenesses & 3 differences with “A Trip to the Moon”

  18. What did you learn? End of day II

  19. Changes in Film • Actors & Directors • Plots • By 1907 4,000 Nickelodeons • Escapism = BIG BUSINESS

  20. 1910 “Stars” are Born • Rudolph Valentino “The Latin Lover” • Theda Bara • Charlie Chaplin

  21. Rudolph Valentino1895 - 1926 • First male sex symbol/idol • “The Sheik” • Born in Italy • Came to America

  22. Most Famous Role The Sheik of Arabia See videos

  23. Tragic Passing • Lung infection • Died at 31 • Country mourned

  24. Theda Bara1885 - 1955 American actress “The Vamp” ( a woman who’d take your man away) First sex symbol

  25. Began as a stage actress Cast as a vampire Overnight success Made $4000 a week Faded away Video/interview

  26. Charlie Chaplin1889-1977 • Born in England • Parents were actors/musicians • Lost both parents by 14 • He & brother alone

  27. Stage Career • Vaudeville comedy duo • Chaplin writes & directs • “The Little Tramp”

  28. Movie Career Loveable bumbling tramp Wrote, starred in, directed& produced his own films Over 70 films Genius

  29. Notable Films “The Great Dictator” “Modern Times” videos

  30. Two Geniuses, One Friendship

  31. Notable Awards 3 Academy Awards Knighted by Queen Elizabeth Hollywood Walk of Fame