Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
Hollywood has long been revered as the mecca of the movie world, and many people have forgotten -- if they ever knew -- that a thriving cinema scene developed in Europe during the great silent film era. British film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, who years ago made a comprehensive survey of those days in Hollywood, now remind film lovers of that fact, with this six-part look at the "other Hollywood" of Europe's silent film era. The cinematic efforts in France, Sweden, Germany, and Great Britain are showcased, using archival film footage and interviews with actors and directors, from Sir John Gielgud to Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock to Simon Feldman. The documentary shows how many of the artistic devices that are standard in the industry were first developed in Europe, including the use of color and special effects, soundtracks, and the now ubiquitous chase scene. The fifth volume in the series, narrated by Kenneth Branaugh, considers the achievements of British filmmakers, who excelled in making documentaries. Many of Britain's greatest film luminaries left England with the coming of the World War, and the fertile ground of British filmmaking was left fallow and withered.
cinema, Europe, film-industry, filmmaker, interview, origins, pioneer