By Lucy Fischer, Angela Dalle Vacche, Jennifer M. Bean, Sumiko Higashi, Professor Michael Aronson, Professor Mark Anderson, Professor Sara Ross, Professor Gwenda Young, Professor Maureen Turim, Marcia Landy

During the Twenties, sound revolutionized the movie and cinema persisted as probably the most major and renowned varieties of mass leisure on the planet. movie studios have been remodeled into significant companies, hiring a number of craftsmen and technicians together with cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, and set designers. The beginning of the big name method supported the meteoric upward thrust and megastar prestige of actors together with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Rudolph Valentino whereas black performers (relegated to "race films") seemed on occasion in mainstream video clips. The vintage Hollywood movie type was once perfected and important movie genres have been confirmed: the melodrama, western, ancient epic, and romantic comedy, in addition to slapstick, technological know-how fiction, and fantasy.

In ten unique essays, American Cinema of the 1920s examines the movie industry's endured progress and prosperity whereas concentrating on very important topics of the era.

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The Loves of Zero (1927), also involving a collaboration between Florey and Vorkapich, is another Expressionist drama (influenced by the German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [1920]), made for only $200. It depicts (with distorted sets, canted camera angles, symbolic objects, split-screens, and prismatic photography) a heartrending love affair between a man and a woman that ends in the latter’s death. Hands—The Life and Loves of the Gentler Sex (1927–28), made by Stella Simon and Miklos Bandy (with music composed and performed by Mark Blitzstein), is a drama enacted entirely with people’s arms and hands set against an abstract background; it seeks to portray the tense and combative world of male-female relations.

Almost immediately, blame in the daily reports in the newspapers centered on anarchist groups, suspicions soon corroborated by a printed message found in a mailbox that same morning a few hundred yards from the explosion, proclaiming “Free the political prisoners. Or it will be sure death for all of you. ” Although no one was ever charged with the Wall Street attack, it was likely not a coincidence that on the day prior to the bombing, Galleanist anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti had been indicted in Massachusetts for bank robbery and murder.

The Decade in Review The essays that follow examine the decade of the twenties on a year-by-year basis, discussing important themes of the era that intersect with the history of American film. In his chapter on 1920 (“Movies, Margarine, and Main Street”), Michael Aronson places certain films within the context of their exhibition. Rather than focus on the big city, he examines the practice in five small American towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In so doing, he draws on local newspapers to track which films were shown as well as how they were received and advertised.

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