Chronicles the birth of European cinema, from the Lumiere brothers to World War I, and then the first golden age of Swedish cinema, from the formation of Svenska Bio to the departure for Hollywood of Stiller and Sjöström. The French build the first studio, invent the traveling shot, and experiment in sound. Max Linder becomes the first comedic star. The Italians do spectacle and early realism. Germans invent film propaganda and have Lubitsch. The Danish cinema is rich before the war. An affectionate portrait of Swedish cinema appreciates its cinematography, led by Jaenzon, its conversion of novels into film, and the emergence of a production company that owned its own theaters. Written by
Kevin Brownlow & David Gill have done it again. After doing great justice to Hollywood in the silent era (Hollywood, The Unknow Chaplin, Buster Keaton: A hard Act To Follow & Harold Lloyd: The Third Guineus), they took on the silent films from Europe. Carl davis has written yet again a fabulous score. Why hasn't the Academy Awards honored these guys. Being from England (Davis is a New Yorker),these guys care more about our film heritage than anyone in Hollywood does.
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