History of Film
It wasn’t until the late 1920’s that synchronous sound was fully incorporated into motion pictures. Prior to that live narrators and musical accompaniment served to animate the scenes. The English silent film actor Charlie Chaplin was largely responsible for pioneering the development of the film industry. His creative genius and skill at acting gave movie goers their first taste of celebrity appeal. Despite the arrival of “talkie” films, Chaplin remained devoted to his silent routines, believing that words corrupted the true pantomime nature of film acting.
Feature length films developed around the early part of the 20th century, with D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915 highlighting the story telling capabilities of film and the impact editing had on producing them. All of the elements of skillful acting, artistic enhancements and captivating scripts were well in place by the early 1930’s. From that point on, films have gone on to hold a prominent role in the formation of culture and have provided today’s world with a continual source of entertainment.