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Let's Go to the Movies (1949)

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What goes in to the phrase, "Let's go to the movies"? An off-screen narrator takes us back to the earliest days of film: clips remind us of early stars and blockbusters. He explains how ... See full summary »

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What goes in to the phrase, "Let's go to the movies"? An off-screen narrator takes us back to the earliest days of film: clips remind us of early stars and blockbusters. He explains how sound came to motion pictures: we see Jolson singing "Mammy" and John Barrymore playing Richard III. Next is a salute to the 30,000 people working in Hollywood at 272 different crafts. A montage shows us some of those jobs. It ends with a look at the physical production of celluloid (cotton and silver) and the many aspects of movie making. The narrator promises more short films about each step in production. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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13 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Music by Walter Donaldson
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Very Good Short
19 June 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Let's Go to the Movies (1949)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences produced this 10-minute short, which tells us the history of movies starting with the early days of Edison, up to THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, THE JAZZ SINGER and more current films. We get to learn how movies were born, when sound came along and even deeper stuff like how the actual film is made. If you're a fan of film then I'm sure you'll get a real kick out of this short, which is full of wonderful information as well as clips from some famous movies. I'm a die-hard fan of Griffith and have seen over one-hundred of his films and that includes watching different versions of his THE BIRTH OF A NATION. The clip show in this film is without question the cleanest and sharpest print I've ever seen and it was rather sad only being able to see such a short amount of footage in such condition. The stuff dealing with the cotton and silver used to make the film was an interesting segment as was seeing theaters from various parts of the world.


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