The development of cinematography from its primitive beginnings through emergence as a serious art form in the late 1920s. Film clips and interviews with veterans of the period like Karl Brown and George Folsey are highlighted.
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A. Arnold Gillespie ...
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Actress 'Scaramouche' (archive footage)
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The development of cinematography from its primitive beginnings through emergence as a serious art form in the late 1920s. Film clips and interviews with veterans of the period like Karl Brown and George Folsey are highlighted.

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James Mason: Bitzer was a technician who put Griffith's ideas onto celluloid.
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Features The Cheat (1915) See more »

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O Promise Me
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Music by Reginald De Koven
Lyrics by Clement scott (18870
Instrumental version played during wedding scene.
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Terrific because you'll never hear about this stuff anywhere else...
13 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Hollywood" is a truly amazing mini-series about the history of American silent movies. Unlike most documentaries, it's VERY exhaustive and gives so much detail you just won't get anywhere else. In the case of "Trick of the Light", this is even more true than in other episodes--with all sorts of inside information about how films were made from the standpoint of cinematography and camera tricks. For example, the use of matte paintings is not just discussed but examples are shown with and without the painting to show how many great scenes were affordably made. Also, you speeding up or slowing down the cranking speed of the camera is explained and how this was done to heighten the tension of certain types of scenes. Overall, like a how-to guide for wood-be silent filmmakers--an incredibly rich and satisfying show.


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