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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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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 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

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Good, but not as detailed as it could've been...
10 January 2000 | by sambucaSee all my reviews

I study American cinema as part of my University course, and therefore was keen on watching this documentary about the first 100 years of its history. Although it was very well-made,and the narration by Peter Coyote was excellent, I think that it could have been more detailed. It seems that the people that did it were more interested in the first decades of cinema, because they only spent a small part of the documentary on the 1960's and 70's and almost completely forgot the 80's, and no mention was made on some very important moviemakers and actors of these three decades. Another mistake I spotted was that some famous actors that were interviewed didn't have their names written on the screen. However, in general this was a remarkable try with a very good narrative, editing and background music and could be really useful to those interested in the history of cinema.


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