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Development of the classical style[ edit ] Early narrative film — [ edit ] For centuries, the only visual standard of narrative storytelling was the theatre.
Since the first narrative films in the s, film-makers sought to capture the power of live theatre on the cinema screen. Most of these film-makers started as directors on the late 19th century stage, and likewise most film actors had roots in vaudeville or theatrical melodramas.
Visually, early narrative films had adapted little from the stage, and their narratives had adapted very little from vaudeville and melodrama. Before the visual style which would become known as "classical continuity", scenes were filmed in full shot and used carefully choreographed staging to portray plot and character relationships.
Cutting was extremely limited, and mostly consisted of close-ups of writing on objects for their legibility. By the early s, film-making was beginning to fulfill its artistic potential. In Sweden and Denmark, this period would be known as a "Golden Age" of film;  in America, this artistic change is attributed to film-makers like David W.
Griffith finally breaking the grip of the Edison Trust to make films independent of the manufacturing monopoly.
Films worldwide began to noticeably adopt visual and narrative elements which would be found in classical Hollywood cinema. Equally influential were his actors in adapting their performances to the new medium. Lillian Gishthe star of The Mothering Heart, is particularly noted for her influence on screen performance techniques.
Griffith's epic The Birth of a Nation was ground-breaking for film as a means of storytelling — a masterpiece of literary narrative with numerous innovative visual techniques. The film initiated so many advances in American cinema that it was rendered obsolete within a few years.
Ben Hur theatrical release poster The era of "classical Hollywood cinema" is distinguished by a narrative and visual style which would begin to dominate the medium in America by Classical Hollywood cinema in the sound era late s — s [ edit ] The narrative and visual style of classical Hollywood style would further develop after the transition to sound-film production.
The primary changes in American film-making came from the film industry itself, with the height of the studio system. This mode of production, with its reigning star system bankrolled by several key studios, had preceded sound by several years.
By mid, most of the prominent American directors and actors, who had worked independently since the early 10s, would have to become a part of the new studio system to continue to work.
The beginning of the sound era itself is ambiguously defined. To some, it began with The Jazz Singerwhich was released in and increased box-office profits for films, as sound was introduced to feature films.
Similarly, actors were mostly contract players. Film historians and critics note that it took about a decade for films to adapt to sound and return to the level of artistic quality of the silents, which it did in the late s.
Style[ edit ] Classical Hollywood cinema possesses a style which is largely invisible and difficult for the average spectator to see.
The narrative is delivered so effortlessly and efficiently to the audience that it appears to have no source. It comes magically off the screen.Acronym expansions, definitions, links, and opinions. Click here for bottom) No Chemical element abbreviation for Nobelium, At. No.
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