The Story of Film looks at the period 1918-1928 and examines the growth of Hollywood as the center of an entertainment industry. It looks at the story telling techniques of The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and looks at the comedy work of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd. It examines the birth of documentary film-making with Nanook of the North (1922) before discussing Erich Von Stroheim and his ultra-realistic film Greed (1924). It also looks at King Vidor's influential The Crowd (1928) and how Hollywood rejected its non-optimistic take on New York Life. It also looks at several major Soviet films of the 1920s and the work of Carl Theodor Dreyer. Written by
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Mark Cousins - Presenter
Hollywood's cinema, the bauble, is brilliant at the anticipation of seeing. The desire to see. The pleasure of seeing. The thief falls in love, of course. And his love sets in motion the rest of the film. This sort of movie is usually called classical. But really, it's romantic. It became Hollywood's claim to fame in the 20's. It's what most people mean when they even say the word "movie". It's the mainstream, the bauble.