Movie Eras - History of Cinema, Movies and Film Iindustry

History of film consists from several distinct eras that were widely different and distinctive. Here you can find out more about them, how they impacted creation of film, rise of specific acting stars and directors, and development of modern film industry.

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Movie Eras - History of Movies

History of film spans more than 100 years of our recent history, and during that time movie trends evolved from simple short silent films to the large productions and blockbusters of modern age. Here you can learn more about all distinct eras of film.

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The Silent Era of Movies

First few decades of movie history were marked by the popularity of silent black and white movies. Before advanced technology enabled filmmakers to create movies with sound, silent films played a big role in establishing the roots of the modern film industry.

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The Sound Era of Movies

From the moment sound entered film industry, it managed to revolutionize this art medium and enable countless filmmakers to express themselves in the way it was not possible before. With over 80 years of presence in the market, sound movies represent the most dominant way we experience films today. Learn more about its history here.

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Early History of Hollywood

Beginnings of the Hollywood was marked by the arrival of films studios from heavily taxed New York area to the sunny California, and establishment of five large film studios who dominated theaters of the US and the World between 1910 and the end of the World War II.

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New and Modern Hollywood

Arrival of sound film changed the landscape of Hollywood and film industry significantly. Changes brought larger popularity of film stars, larger budgets and the introduction of brand new film styles and genres. Learn more about history of modern Hollywood here.

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History of Bollywood

Bollywood is one of the largest film industries ever created on planet earth, serving the fans on Indian subcontinent hundreds of movie each year, from the second decade of 20th century up to today. Here you can learn more about the incredible history of Bollywood, its origins, influences and most popular films.

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