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The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)

Based on the first centenary of the largest exporter of films in the world, that is Hollywood, is the story told by its protagonists, actors and writers and other people who made life in ... See full summary »

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Chuck Workman
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Credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Altman ... Himself
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
Warren Beatty ... Himself
William Beaudine ... Himself (archive footage)
Candice Bergen ... Herself
Ingrid Bergman ... Herself (archive footage)
Clara Bow ... Herself (archive footage)
Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)
George Burns ... Himself
Michael Caine ... Himself
Carol Channing ... Herself
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Claudette Colbert ... Herself (archive footage)
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Based on the first centenary of the largest exporter of films in the world, that is Hollywood, is the story told by its protagonists, actors and writers and other people who made life in this business, interspersing images of famous movies. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The First 100 Years of Cinema See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in the documentary are clips from the historic American Mutoscope and Biograph Company which is still in existence today. See more »

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Features Macbeth (1948) See more »

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Magical, Mature Perspective
26 September 2005 | by wheplerSee all my reviews

Okay, so a previous commenter is correct: this isn't the movie for every detail about film history. But if you want the feel of eras gone by in an entertaining and first-class package, you just can't beat this. Workman's idea seems to have been to capture the essence of cinema, from its electrifying start that wow'd a quieter, slower age, to its post-Hays Code period--NOT our more contemporary times. Thus, you don't see every critical name--it's the story of a medium, not all of its movers and shakers, though you'll certainly see enough of those. Most of all, expect to have a sense for what it was like "then," whichever "then" is under discussion as you go. Cinema is, in a very real sense, time travel: there are few ways we can go back and be there--in the 20s or 30s, for example--but film was there and Workman's project is very credible in the way it transports you, as well. The only question remains how one can get a copy of this feature, since I haven't seen it after its mid-90s HBO debut. Any ideas?


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