Questions tagged [cinema-history]

An account of the historical development of both movies and television series.

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Most dangerous stunts in film [closed]

When researching a different question, I came across an article on horse stunts, which claimed that a stunt from the John Wayne movie Stagecoach was one of the most difficult and dangerous stunts on ...
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Origin of movie opening crawl

What was the first movie to have an opening crawl? What was the first movie serial to summarize events in previous episodes with an opening crawl, the practice which is continued in the movies? My ...
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Why are there no programmes / playbills for movies?

I feel like with today's movies, it would be easy to fill a small booklet with production notes, pictures and background information. Is there a particular reason why programmes (as available for ...
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What is the first movie to use a VCR (or recording device) to trick an adversary?

I was watching "Columbo: Playback", and the murderer uses a video security system to cover up a murder. It got me thinking, what was the first movie to use video playback to trick another character? ...
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In old films, why do characters flail around when they're shot?

When characters get gunned down in old films by repetitive fire, they often flail side-to-side while standing... for a loooong time... E.g. in Robocop (videos contain "blood"): ...
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Why were movies shot on film shot at 24 frames per second?

Title says it all! Nowadays, everything is digital, frame rates vary and are displayed properly by media playback devices depending on need, requirement or desire. But back before quality digital ...
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What's the longest period of time over which a time lapse film has been recorded?

Time lapse photography can create some pretty impressive visuals. I think we mostly see time-lapse photography in non-fictional works about nature, plants, or the stars. But sometimes it's used in ...
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First depiction of a quadruped robot-vehicle?

Episode 2 of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990) shows the baddies pursuing the main characters in a convertible vehicle, a submarine/ship that becomes a quadruped robot at some point of the ...
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Why were late arrivals to film screenings so common pre-1960? [closed]

Note: I've edited the emphasis of this question to address comments' concerns, but I'm only half-satisfied with the change in the title to reflect this. Alfred Hitchcock took several precautions to ...
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Where did people watch trailers before internet was invented?

Now, with the Internet, we can simply watch trailers of a film on YouTube or other sites. But how did people watch trailers before all this was created? Were trailers shown in the cinemas only?
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Early credit roll before the end of the film

In the 2018 movie Vice, an "early credits roll" was used for comedic effect about halfway through the film. It was used in conjunction with text overlays with a sarcastic tone to them. I found this ...
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Which was the first Indian mythological movie to use the phrase 'Narayana, Narayana' whenever Sage Narada appears on the scene?

Viewers of mythological movies made in many prominent Indian languages (such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi), for many decades now, will instantly recognize the phrase 'Narayana Narayana', as the ...
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Why do old gun fight scenes sound so weird and cartoonish?

In older movies (pre-90's), many gun fight scenes have cartoon sounds. I can almost imagine the scene drawn and the words KAPOING, POW, ZOINK being shown. Here's an example from 007. ...
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How commercially successful, in general are Mockbuster movies?

How commercially successful, in general are Mockbuster movies? In a previous answer, they state that Mockbuster movies are made cheaply to turn a quick profit. Quoting from that answer and Wikipedia:...
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Damsel in Distress on Rail Road Tracks [duplicate]

Excluding the mustache villian, what was the first movie to have a person tied to a train track? Did the movie scene come from a book?
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Why is the last scene (right before and including the end credits) often worse quality in transfers of older films?

I've noticed it in both DVD and Blu-ray transfers of older movies (for example a few spaghetti westerns). Throughout the movie, the transfer quality is very good, and at the last scene (when there is ...
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Eastern European cold war movies

From the 1950s to the 1980s, in the Western countries and especially in the United States and UK, several movies were released, directly inspired – in different genres – by the political situation, ...
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Where did the word “mafia” appear in Puzo's original screenplay of “The Godfather”?

The New York Times documents that Joseph Columbo pressured producer Al Ruddy to remove all occurrences of "Mafia" and "Casa Nostra" from the movie "The Godfather". An article on knowledgenuts.com ...
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Distinction between propaganda films, training films, and public information films

I would like to know whether scholars in the field of film studies have produced any reasonably widely-accepted demarcation criteria for distinguishing between the following kinds of film: Propaganda ...
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A movie that takes place entirely underwater [closed]

Preamble: This is not a recommendation question. It is a cinema history question. Have there been any movies that take place entirely underwater? Criteria: a feature film no above-the-surface scene ...
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Indian Movies have song where Actors Dance but hollywood movies don't [duplicate]

I have Been watching hollywood movies since 2005 but never saw a film where actor dance in beautiful garden and make love.whereas in Indian cinema most film earn from there music.Why there is no ...
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Why aren't UK cinema listings available more than a week in advance?

Even in the pre-internet age, I found it astonishing and annoying that in the UK local cinemas would post the week's - one week only - listings on a Thursday. So if you wanted to know what might be on ...
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How did Hitchcock enforce the “no late admission” policy for Psycho?

According to Wikipedia, Alfred Hitchcock mandated that movie theaters could not allow late viewers to come into Psycho after it began. The most controversial move was Hitchcock's "no late admission"...
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Were black actors more prominent in the 80s than they are now?

Lately I've taken a mild interest in 80s pop culture, and from my very superficial look I was surprised to see more black actors in movies, tv shows, and commercials of that time than I'm used to ...
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Did Darth Vader do the first one-armed lift in the movies?

In Star Wars Darth Vader lifts one of the rebel soldiers off the deck using one powerful arm. This lift with slight variations has been used in subsequent movies and TV programs to demonstrate ...
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First Irish color feature?

What was the first Irish color feature film? On google I found information about the first color footage, but nothing about a feature film, a movie. The film should be one that the Irish film ...
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What is the term for the movie theater policy and behavior pre movie clips?

Just before coming attractions the movie theater houses typically have a set of short movies telling the audience how to behave. I'm not looking for "Coming Attractions" or "Our feature presentation"...
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Was anybody ever denied an Oscar or other award because of the Hollywood blacklist?

Hundreds of Hollywood producers, actors, directors, singers, dancers, voice-actors, choreographers, and screenwriters were blacklisted because of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in ...
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Why do older films and television shows seem to have higher contrast? [duplicate]

I've always paid attention to how the colors in 1900s video seem to be more "vibrant", in particular the skin color of actors can look blush. James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958) Cary ...
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First appearance of going to past (time-travel) to change the present

There have been quite a few movies where people go back in time to change the past so that the present is altered. On top of my head are Back to the future (2), Men in Black (2), one of the recent X-...
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Were American films ever shown in the US in foreign languages?

The US has always had substantial pockets of foreign language speakers, particularly in immigrant communities. Were there ever theaters catering to these populations with foreign language versions of ...
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Where does the concept of a genie granting three wishes come from?

Perhaps the most culturally well-known genie today is the one from Disney's Aladdin, who granted Aladdin "three wishes, three. Uno, dos, tres, no substitutions, exchanges, or refunds, and ixnay on ...
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Why the aspect ratio change from 4:3 to 16:9 to even wider formats?

It's a common trait of older movies to be shot in 4:3 aspect ratio. Found a list of 4:3 movies, they're all very old (like, before 1960s). Eventually, it became common for 16:9 ratios to be found. ...
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What was the first franchise to prominently feature LGBT characters?

In Hollywood, LGBT characters still seem slightly taboo'd. Unless the movie's specific theme is sexuality or LGBT related, it seems as if nearly all characters are heterosexual. In stand-alone movies, ...
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Where and when does the “idea” light bulb appear for the first time?

In many movies and animated cartoons, the light bulb represents an idea that occurs inside a character's mind. But where does this metaphor come from and what is the first movie/cartoon/show that used ...
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What's the first movie with a plot twist? [closed]

The first narrative movie ever was Trip to the moon of Georges Mélièrs. It's about men going to the moon and fighting aliens, so a classical sci-fi movie but without any plot twists. What was the ...
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What was the first movie to have someone with a screen, guiding an agent on the field?

The whole "agent on the ground talking to a person back in the office who has the map and control of things" is a bit of a trope these days. I just looked at Max Headroom again today and remembered ...
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How did the word “Bollywood” originate?

As we know, American film industry is referred as Hollywood. The American film industry is called so because the film industry emerged at the place called Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA(Correct me if I am ...
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Why is Universal allowed to open a theater?

As I understood Movie Production Companies are prohibited by law from owning any theaters. When the studios were forced to sell their theaters, the result was higher rental rates charged to ...
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Why are there so few movies about the Vietnam war itself?

It seems like all Vietnam war movies are either about individual characters in some abstract Vietnam war setting or individual battles/incidents. There are no movies that cover the history and ...
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What characteristics tie anime styles together?

Anime seems to be a broad subject, but it also tends to be fairly easy to identify something as anime, even if it is dubbed very well. The only exception that I can personally think of where it's ...
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Were cowboy stories popular before movies?

There are lots of cowboy movies out there, and especially in the 50s and 60s, they seemed to be the most popular genre. Pretty much any (male) star who was anybody in those decades did a western or ...
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When were digital effects first used in film or TV?

I know Willow used digital effects to handle the "Morph" scenes when the characters transform. That's the first definite "CGI" example I can think of though, as opposed to other special effects ...
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What's the future of the 3D technolgy used in theaters?

During the last few days, I spent some time reading different articles about certain companies quitting developing and manufacturing processes of 3D technologies for end consumers - more specifically: ...
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Was 1977’s “The Making of Star Wars” the first "Making of…” documentary?

In 1977, ABC aired a television special titled The Making of Star Wars. This the first “Making of…” I am personally aware of, but was it the first ever such “Making of…” documentary?
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What was the first film or show to depict Men in Black?

I was looking at the synopsis for The Brother from Another Planet (1984), and part of the plot involved Men in Black trying to track down the titular Brother. I wondered, what was the first ...
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What was the first book that was split into two (or more) films?

It's become a trend for book adaptations, especially the last in a series, to be split into multiple movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 ...
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Interpretation of two big jumps in movie history

I am analysing data about movies from IMDB. I counted the number of movies produced per year and need some help with the interpretation of two big jumps in the history (first is in the end of 20's and ...
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First animated movie to put “bloopers” in end credits?

I'm guessing it was A Bug's Life (1998), but were there any previous animated movies to put mock bloopers in their end credits? (Related: First bloopers in any film's end credits.)
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Most recent Hollywood feature film without closing credits

From the discussion at "When did Opening Credits become Closing Credits?", we learn that "the use of closing credits in film to list complete production crew and cast was not firmly established in ...