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By Paul Monaco

A heritage of yank video clips offers a survey of the narrative characteristic movie from the Nineteen Twenties to the current. The ebook makes a speciality of one hundred seventy of the main very popular and famous function motion pictures chosen by means of the Hollywood institution: each one Oscar winner for top photograph, in addition to these voted the best through contributors of the yank movie Institute.

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In nearly all phases of production, there is a tendency to want to hold on to the material for its own sake. Cuts were usually the order of the day after screenings of a movie to test audiences. In some cases, however, the responses of the test audiences led studio producers to add material to a film, sometimes even at additional cost to the production budget. The idea of using preview audience responses, or the responses of audiences to a movie during an initial limited engagement, before finalizing the movie for general release was widespread in Hollywood from very early on.

Its challenge was to effectively make a screen adaptation of the recently published popular novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The novel already was considered by many to portray antiwar sentiment in a manner that made the book a classic. A production of Universal—a studio hardly known for taking on risky production projects for the sake of art—this movie was considered an especially high risk by many Hollywood experts. As a movie about a naïve young German who marches off to World War I emboldened by idealistic enthusiasm, only to slowly realize the bleak futility of military conflict, All Quiet on the Western Front was hardly perceived as an assured success with American audiences.

Both were landmark movies, but they were not typical ones for Hollywood. Nonetheless, early Hollywood still provided enough latitude for the work of another early genius of the screen who was also both a producer and director, as well as being a star performer in his own movies. Produced, written, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, The Gold Rush, a silent film from 1925, has proven to be arguably the most enduring of his life’s work. Self-financed, it was released and distributed by United Artists, the Hollywood company that Chaplin had cofounded with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D.

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