American Filmmakers : The Time Of Gangsters, Flappers, And Big Business

1561 Words Mar 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Films have been a major part of America’s history, as well as its identity, for many years, and they have developed alongside our country. Movies have been popular since their debut in the late 1800s, and the people’s fascination and pure adoration of them has not died down since. This infatuation has led to the development of filmmaking, because, as Americans, we are always striving for better; therefore, American filmmakers have been creating numerous ways to advance movies to become more inspiring and more emotional to keep the viewers’ love alive. The process was a long one, and in the three decades of the 1920s, the 1950s, and the 1990s, we find major milestones for the filmmaking industry.
Let’s start at the 1920’s – the time of gangsters, flappers, and big business for the movie industry, with productions mainly found in Hollywood with some production still in New Jersey and Long Island. America’s greatest output of movies occurred in this time period, with an average of about 800 films released a year. In the beginning of this decade, these films were mainly silent films, but films quickly began to progress into bigger, costlier, and more polished productions. They were beginning to be broken down into different parts or tasks, which were organized by different committees, such as writing, costuming, and makeup. Thus, the need for more space came about, and the studio system was born, with its long-term contracts for stars and lavish production values. America soon…

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