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  •  The First Half Of TBOAN Was A Cinematic Landmark (4+ / 0-)

    The first half of the movie was about the history of the Civil War, with unprecedented sweep and grandeur. The editing seemed completely natural and modern.

    Griffith also did things nobody had ever thought of, like putting the camera on a truck and filming galloping horse.

    Then there was intermission and seemingly a completely different and racist  movie about Reconstruction started, and it was much more of the familiar theatrical format of the silent movies.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:38:19 PM PST

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    •  It is indeed a brilliantly filmed picture (4+ / 0-)

      The best silent films seem much more contemporary than films from the 30s or 40s because before the advent of sound cameras were much more lightweight and mobile. The introduction of sound technology made the cameras big and clunky, and you started seeing much more rigid and stagey movies.

      •  Not only that, the early mics were big and clunky (0+ / 0-)

        and required fairly direct addressing. (Check out Singin' In the Rain for a humorous look at some early dodges for dealing with the things.) Eventually somebody figured out how to hang a mic from a boom and move it around above the set, which helped a lot.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:40:51 PM PST

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