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Oh good lord, yes. List of lost films (Wikipedia) The Scorsese Film Foundation estimates that more than 90% of American films made before 1929 are totally lost. The Library of Congress estimates that 75% of all silent films are lost. Overall, 50% of American sound films made before 1950 are considered lost films. (film preservation) Films may go missing ...


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I believe it is due to its great acting and very memorable plot. I'm not aware of any widely-used cinematic techniques that were invented due to the film. When the film was initially released, it struggled at the box office (it earned just $727,000 in its opening weekend). Despite this it received huge critical acclaim, garnered seven Oscar nominations ...


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Quite simple: Midnight Cowboy is not a pornographic film. What we have here is a misunderstanding of the original intent of the X rating, which gave rise to the NC-17 rating. Several films from the late 1960s through the 1980s had the X rating applied, including A Clockwork Orange, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Fritz the Cat (an animated feature), Last ...


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Well, in terms of the first motion picture ever - i.e. use of the technology to make a moving picture - the credit may go to one of two people. Eadweard Muybridge is credited with inventing the methodology of stringing several photos together to create a moving picture (and creating the technology to take rapid sequential photographs to make this method ...


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I took the very unscientific approach of using Wikipedia and their List of biographical films. I then put all the information into a spreadsheet, removed a lot of annoying merged cells and came up with a list and turned this into a hopefully pretty graph: Using this, and ignoring non 20th/21st century people, it looks like Adolf Hitler and Albert ...


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This is a point of great contention, with different sites grading different profanities to different levels of 'swearyness'... Back in 2009 The Magazine TOTALFILM claimed that Casino held the title with 398 F-Bombs, at a rate of 2.23 per minute. This was apparently enough to make it into the Guiness Book of records. Since then however, certain films have ...


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What you're talking about is a Film Leader. Originally, a frame was inserted once every 16 frames (16 frames per foot for 35mm film) with numbers marked 11 to 3. At some point in the mid 1960's that was changed to a continuous countdown with a new number every second (time interval as opposed to length interval) that ran backwards from 8 to 2. If you ...


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How about China Syndrome released about 2 weeks before a similar nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Harrisburg, PA?


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Since your question asks What is the first crossover movie? I'll submit two of the earliest I have found, depending on your definition of "crossover". For movie horror/sci-fi franchises, there is Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). But I think the earliest could be Laurel and Hardy's appearance in the Our Gang comedy short Wild Poses (1933). Both Our ...


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There have been movies where the entire movie is a single take. The best I can find based on quick research are Russian Ark at 96 minutes, and Timecode at 97 minutes. Timecode is actually a quad-split screen film (four different videos running in four different quadrants of the screen), each of which is a single take shot, running for the entire movie. I ...


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French gentleman thief Arsène Lupin battles the English detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1910 German drama film serial Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes. Wikipedia says: A contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941) was the creator of the character of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin who, in Francophone countries, has enjoyed a ...


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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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This is known as a film leader and as well as a countdown to the start of the movie itself, also often contains technical information for the projectionist including aspect-ratio, sound settings etc. The purpose of the leader is primarily to allow extra film for the projectionist to wind onto the projector. The countdown is just to show the projectionist ...


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There are literally dozens of movies about Wong Fei-hung, who died in 1924 and therefore qualifies for your time range. Granted, most of those movies aren't well-known outside China / Hong Kong. And you might want to make a very close inspection before declaring that e.g. Iron Monkey (1993) is a "biographical" account of his childhood! So not all of them ...


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There was no movie rating system in place back in the 1940's, and movies were greatly censored by the US government. In the 1920's the Supreme Court ruled that free speech did not apply to movies, and a control board was arranged where by all film studios had to submit their scripts for censorship. Movie studios were given guide lines by which they had to ...


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I would think Alien vs. Predator would be an example of combining franchises, which was released in 2004. While not a critical success (garnered only 22% Tomatometer), it did gross $80.2 million. It even spawned a sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007.


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Beginning in the late 1980s, Sony began marketing the concept of "electronic cinematography," utilizing its analog Sony HDVS professional video cameras. The effort met with very little success. In 1998, with the introduction of HDCAM recorders and 1920 × 1080 pixel digital professional video cameras based on CCD technology, the idea, now re-branded as ...


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TL;DR The name MacGuffin does not originate from a particular person's name. It's just a nonsense term that has been around before it was applied to the movie concept of a random item that drives the plot. Long answer Tvtropes attributes Alfred Hitchcock with making the term MacGuffin famous, and Hitchcock himself names one of his screenwriters, Angus ...


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Though not strictly a movie, there is the now infamous example of the pilot episode of the X-Files spin-off show, The Lone Gunmen. Airing 6 months before the terrorist attack on 9/11, it depicts the hackers foiling an attempt by a shady organization to fly a plane into the WTC in order to catalyze a Mid-East attack. Dodgy conspiracy theories aside, this is ...


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I guess the key here is using the word film in your title. With film you are limited to the length in a canister and no amount of creativity can change that. With digital video this constraint goes out the window. So for film, it looks like Snake Eyes wins at just over 13 minutes. For digital video, Agadam looks to be a clear winner, endorsed by the ...


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These results for a September week are not surprising - it's considered a dump month. From Wiki: dump months is a term used in the film community for the two periods of the year when there are lowered commercial and critical expectations for new major-studio releases. Audiences during these periods are smaller than the rest of the year, so no tentpole ...


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"Important"? I'm not sure it's really "important", but it's a great movie. It's a wonderfully crafted revenge story. And it's not a revenge you see coming. It's not obvious like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or "I Spit On Your Grave". You don't even see it coming until it happens. People love a good revenge story. People want to see the good guy ...


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The oldest I know is "The Great Train Robbery" (1903). There is a youtube clip, see scene 4, approx. in minute 4ff There are more information about the film at: Wikipedia IMDB


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Here you can find all technical memo's and publications of Pixar. Most of them can be directly related to the movie they are developed for, or used in by the images provided. Note that many of their publications are published in SIGGRAPH, which is one of the worlds biggest conferences/journals on Computer Graphics/animations. So they do new and innovative ...


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Pixar’s subsequent films act like a timeline of technological developments in computer graphics. Building on the work of other researchers, 2001’s Monsters, Inc. introduced the on-screen representation of fur. Two years later, Finding Nemo pioneered new techniques in digital lighting, which were used to create realistic-looking water. The Incredibles and ...


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If we're not talking public domain characters, then my mind immediately turns to Japanese monster movies. There are several monsters with their own movies, but on occasion they would appear together in a "Vs." movie. Earliest one I could find is King Kong vs. Godzilla, which was release in 1962.


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Initially it was a intended to be a drama, but as Kubrick started to work on the screenplay he began to see the absurdity and humor in many of the scenes and decided to write instead a "nightmare comedy." To quote Kubrick: After all, what could be more absurd than the very idea of two mega-powers willing to wipe out all human life because of an ...


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Dead End (1985) Emerson Bixby the director of the movie says: "Dead End" was never released. I shot it on video with a budget of maybe fifteen hundred dollars, made several copies to send to small-time distribution companies, and nothing ever happened. None of the distributors responded, and the ten or so copies kept by myself and some of the crew are ...


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Significance It can be argued that some swearing is overused and unnecessary but some films contain swearing because some people swear in real-life, and it can make a film more dramatic or shocking. History It depends on what is considered swearing, which has changed over the years as sensibilities change, and also on culture, but swearing dates back to ...



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