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Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film

Arts Documentary hosted by James Mason, published by ITV in 1980 - English narration

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The award-winning team of David Gill and Kenneth Brownlow present a definitive and unparalleled look at the history of silent film in America: "Hollywood," narrated by James Mason. This 13-part series celebrates the birth of an industry, the town and people who made it all happen. People who, in a few short years, produced an enourmous range of spectacular, inventive and exciting films.

From the arrival of the filmmaking pioneers early at the dawn of a new century, through the outbreak of the first World War; from the rise of romance, to the demise of the Old West; from when comedy was king, until the advent of sound. These are the stars, the scandals, the directors, producers, cameramen, stuntmen and, of course, the films themselves that created the legend we know as "Hollywood."

The series showcased, for the first time on television, the greatest silent films as they were meant to be seen -- with the proper running speeds and orchestral scores. It was literally produced in the nick of time, as many of those interviewed would be deceased in a few short years - their wonderful memories lost forever. Episodes include interviews with notable directors and actors from the era along with family members of stars.

Written, Directed & Produced by Kevin Brownlow & David Gill; Thames Television Production

1)  The Pioneers

What started as a flickering curiosity shown in penny arcades soon grew into an art form. In just a few short years, Hollywood began turning out spectacular films, with original musical scores--often performed live by a symphony orchestra, and shown in glittering picture palaces.

In 1903, "The Great Train Robbery" drew wildly enthusiastic audiences who cheered and called for more. Twelve years later, D.W. Griffith produced "The Birth of a Nation"--one of the greatest films ever made, and the first to prove the power of the medium. It provoked riots and demonstrations, brought audiences flocking, and gave birth to the financial fortunes of Hollywood.

Includes rare footage and excerpts from WINGS (1927), THE WIND (1928), NOAH'S ARK (1928), and, in early Technicolor, THE BLACK PIRATE (1926); interviews with Lillian Gish, Dolores Costello, Blanche Sweet, Jackie Coogan, King Vidor, and much more!

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC [email protected]

Video Bitrate: 1 874 Kbps

Video Resolution: 704x540

Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps

Audio Codec: AC3

Audio Bitrate: 224 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz

Audio Streams: 2

Audio Languages: english

RunTime Per Part: 52 min

Number Of Parts: 13

Part Size: 784 MB

Source: DVD (LaserDisc transfer)

Encoded by: DocFreak08

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