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The History of Classical Era
The period between 1927 and 1963 is known as the Classical or ‘golden age of Hollywood’. The classical style was basically built on the idea of continuity editing, under which sound recording and cinematography were not prominent, which was quite unlike its contemporaries.
The Golden Age
The period arguably began with the release of ‘The Jazz Singer’ in the year 1927. It was the first Hollywood film to have sound and was a box-office hit. During this time, films belonging to the genres of slapstick comedy, western, musical, biopics, animation etc. began to be made. MGM was the studio that produced much of these movies.
‘The Jazz Singer’ was, however, the production of Warner Brothers. The film was successful, thereby leading the production house to buy a string of theatres in 1928.
The Studio System
This system emerged during the golden era. Under this system, the major studios in Hollywood employed directors, actors, producers, writers, technicians and craftsmen to work for their films exclusively.
In the year 1939, the Studio System saw the release of immortal classics like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’,’ Wuthering Heights’, ‘The Roaring Twenties’ etc.
This period emerged in the 1930s, during which salacious advertising and risqué films were produced. MGM ruled the roost during the time, with all the top stars like Clarke Gable, Norma Shearer, Gary Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and many more working for the company.
The first animated film of Walt Disney ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ was released during this period in the year 1937.
Classical Hollywood seemed to have been influenced by the ideas of Renaissance. Its narration followed a psychological motivation i.e. the human will and its struggle against various obstacles in achieving his or her end. It intertwined the popular genre of romance with other generic classes like crime-solving, business etc. Time was continuous during the period, with flashback being the only permitted manipulation of time. And as far as space was concerned, the focus was on human body gestures and expressions.
The narrative of Hollywood classics followed a proper beginning, middle and end. It essentially consisted of actors, happenings, primary points, secondary points and causal effects. The characters were defined, active and had a purpose in life.
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