The history of cinema


As an actor, director, aspiring future film-maker or whatever job you would like to have in the entertainment industry, you must know the history of cinema!

For the past thirty years, when people have heard “time travel movie," they most likely thought of “Back to the Future.” And rightfully so; the original brought in over two hundred million dollars -the most of any movie in 1985- spawned two sequels and a Saturday morning cartoon, and is regularly named one of the best films ever made.

“Back to the Future” was hardly the first time travel film. Neither was the successful 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine.” The first film telling a story about traveling in to the past was released in 1921, an adaptation of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court.” Sadly, only three reels of this film have survived.

No one person invented cinema. However, in 1891 the Edison Company in the USA successfully demonstrated a prototype of the Kinetoscope, which enabled one person at a time to view moving pictures. The first to present projected moving pictures to a paying audience were the Lumière brothers in December 1895.

By 1914, several national film industries were established. Europe, Russia and Scandinavia were as important as America. Films became longer, and storytelling, or narrative, became the dominant form.

During the 1930s and 1940s, cinema was the principal form of popular entertainment, with people often attending cinemas twice weekly. In Britain the highest attendances occurred in 1946, with over 31 million visits to the cinema each week.

Leonardo DiCaprio receiving his long willed, well learnt Oscar at last!

His speech is completely inspiring to all aspiring actors, to learn about the history of cinema! 📽

"Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year. The Revenant was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen … thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience. Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency … my entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career … To my parents; none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly; you know who you are.

And lastly, I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much."

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