Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
This is the first of three volumes celebrating Hollywood moviemaking. This tape features rare archival footage from the "Golden Years," starting back in the earliest days of the business, with clips from innovator Thomas Edison. His kinetoscope was a device which was both movie camera and projector. Much of the program is comprised of footage from silent movies, of the old studio lots, and of silent stars, performing and between takes. Highlights include clips of Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, who, along with Birth of a Nation director D.W. Griffith, founded United Artists. This volume, hosted by Academy Award-winning actor and dancer Gene Kelly (An American in Paris (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952)), ends with the coming of the sound era.
filmmaker, Hollywood, retrospective