The Coming of Sound to Film Essay

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CHAPTER 5: THE COMING OF SOUND * Films were produced with sound by 1930; to get movies across to non-english audiences subtitling and dubbing was used * Jazz singer- premiered October 6th 1927. Released by Warner Brothers- First sound film * THE IMPACT OF SOUND * Increasing costs: the synchronization of the production of the movie with the production of its sound was very costly. Needed to go to Wall Street to raise funds * More Concentrated ownership in the Industry * The language barrier ( Temporary decline in foreign film rentals) the advantage of films being silent made it universally acceptable, but with sound, Hollywood …show more content…
They were the most profitable: Warner Bros Metro Goldwyn Mayer (merger of several companies) Paramount Radio Keith Orpheum 1928 (only one that doesn’t exist today in some form RKO is owned differently)2 0th Century Fox. They had elaborate studios, made films throughout the year. Most theatres showed different movies each other week. 2. The little 3: production and distribution 3 studios: United Artists, Columbia, Universal: production and distribution but not as powerful as the big 5. 3. The Poverty Row: production The little 3 and big 5 could not alone meet public demand, so the poverty row only focused on production and managed the gap. - Disney, Grand National, Mascot, Producers Releasing Corporation, Monogram Republic. They generally focused on one genre. In 1930s, Disney made only one movie, in 1937 that was Snow White At first the Depression didn’t affect them much because people watched movies to get away from their realities, but by 1931, it led to reorganization. - They made more “B-movies”- low budget, formulaic films of 60 mins. - They wanted to improve the value offered to the audience

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