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What Do Those Old FIlms Mean?

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The early cinema of six countries is studied in this unique an insightful documentary series. Each study connects a country's film with the society an epoch in which they were made while analyzing a specific social phenomenon. Excellent for Film Studies,the programs make good use of excerpts from fiction films, newsreels, key photographic documents and original texts and music. This is an original and intelligent series directed by film historian, Noel Burch.?

Disc One:
Great Britain (1910-1912): This episode, in an intricate web of images, words and music, presents the gentlemen inventors who developed cinema in Britain.
United States (1902-1914): Targeting specialty audiences has been a strength of American cinema right from the start. View the early development of American cinema as it caters to specialty audiences such as the immigrant communitities
Denmark (1910-1912): Denmark was the first country to present the “emancipated woman. See the interesting details of this early image.

Disc Two:
France (1904-1922): This episode presents the importance of populist styles and attitudes in the development of early French cinema.
U.S.S.R. (1926-1932): The Soviet Revolution and its impact on the role of women and everyday life is presented in this episode.
Germany (1925-1932): This episode presents the development of different styles of popular prgressive cinema cut short by the Nazi’s victory in 1933.

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  • Film Studies
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  • DVD