Questions tagged [cinema-history]

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

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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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What is the earliest movie in which “it all turns out to have been a dream”?

What is the earliest movie in which the status of the events as reality is doubted or denied at (or toward) the end? I will limit the case to movies in which almost all of the movie events are ...
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Why are films where the bad guy “wins” at the end so rare?

It seems that there is a rarity in films where the bad guy wins at the film's conclusion ("bad guys" being defined by the culture of the movie makers). By "win" I mean the good guy(s) have been ...
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What is the world's first movie?

What is the world's first movie? I am curious.
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What is the longest, single take, tracking shot in cinema/TV?

In episode four of True Detective, there was a 6-minute long, single take, tracking shot sequence. What is the longest, scripted, single take (no cuts) sequence in movies / television? I am not ...
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When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?

My recollection of the prime-time television I watched growing up -- the 70s and 80s plus whatever were on at the time -- are almost invariably of episodic television. At the end of each episode, ...
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When and why did the decline of Musicals in American Cinema happen?

It seems to me that musicals are much less common in the American Film Industry these days in comparison to the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Of course, I'm not saying that they never make musicals (e.g. ...
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Why do some movies originally shot on film have notably vivid reds and skin tones?

Many older movies seem to have vivid reds and particularly realistic or noticeable skin tones (they certainly seem to stand out from typical skin tones on TV or the majority of movies). This applies ...
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What was the first crossover movie like The Avengers, using only movie franchises?

The Avengers is taking 4 separate movie franchises (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) and combining them all into one huge movie with all the main characters from each movie. Doing some ...
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Why do so many movies still use the Wilhelm scream?

Why do so many movies still use the Wilhelm scream? Is it sort of a running joke throughout cinema? It seems like you could find thousands of other audio files of screams. The Wilhelm scream is a ...
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Frame rates of early movies

If I am correct, films run at 24 fps. Early, we saw jerky and rapid movements of people. This was, I think, 16 fps. However, we have seen earlier films (like the first kiss) at 24 fps it seems. Also ...
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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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To which degree were Spaghetti Westerns influenced by Italian Neorealism?

After the chaos of WWII and the Mussolini-government the largely devastated Italian film industry developed the so-called Italian Neorealism, which distanced itself from the epic studio productions ...
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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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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 is the sweariest movie ever?

I recently re-watched the Samuel L Jackson vehicle 51st State where he is also surrounded by some very sweary British actors (like Robert Carlyle). So I expected a lot of profanity. Obviously Jackson ...
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What is the source of Truffaut's famous anti-war movie quote?

Francois Truffaut famously said it is impossible to make an anti-war film. This is cited numerous times by Ebert, and there is even the trope "Truffaut was right". But what is the source for this ...
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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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Who pioneered the use of Laughing Kookaburra birds to create the impression of a jungle setting?

I was sent a link to the first video below and it immediately sent me back to my childhood watching reruns of what were already old films on Sunday afternoon television. I'm sure I've heard this bird'...
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What is the longest timespan depicted in a movie?

Most movies depict a few days to a week's worth of real-time. What movie depicts the longest amount of time?
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First movie where the Bald Eagle's cry is dubbed as Red-Tailed Hawk cry?

As noted pretty much everywhere, the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Ieucocephalus) we hear in movies is, like most things, a result of movie magic. In real life, they should like they are chirping with ...
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What's the first movie to have the “Michael Bay Spin” in it?

Michael Bay has made extensive use (some sites assert he has used it in "all of his movies") of a shot called by many the "Michael Bay Spin". Here's what it looks like: ...