Questions tagged [cinema-history]

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

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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 ...
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Are there any movies or series involving someone with ADHD?

Aside from How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons or Finding Nemo, if that counts, are there any movies or TV series involving someone explicitly stated or highly believed to have ADHD? I can't seem to ...
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What was the first full-length film that was a musical?

What was the first full-length film that was a musical? I presume it would have to be after talkies became a thing.
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Why haven't clapperboards become obsolete? [duplicate]

Clapperboard (or slate) is used in movie primarily for two purposes: To assist in synchronizing picture and sound (with the help of a clap). It makes the editor's life easy. Cataloging of the ...
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Why did the end credits in movies become a lot longer in the past decades?

I've been watching Psycho recently and noticed that the end credits were less than a minute. If I remember correctly other movies from before the 80s followed a similar pattern. So why do we now have ...
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What's the first use of the “power walk”?

I'm curious how the "power walk" originated, where characters walk inline (or sometimes in a triangle with the middle furthest towards the camera) towards the camera. What was the first use? Has it ...
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What was the originator of the SEE! … SEE! … lines on movie posters?

A fair number of older movie posters, tending around the late 60's and early 70's, have commands on the side of the poster starting with SEE! and then some kind of generic or interesting event ...
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Why they put funny names for tribal people in movies? [closed]

If You See Dances with Wolves, characters have funny names like Stands With A Fist, Kicking Bird and Wind In His Hair . The same thing is repeated in Apocalypto (2006), characters have funny names ...
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Is Banksy's movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” a new (sub)genre?

When looking at the film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and possibly disregarding if the main character is fictitious or not, then it's not entirely clear what genre or subgenre this film would be ...
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What was the first 3D movie?

3D movies have become more common in 2016. Yet the idea of depth in pictures is not new. I came across Hitchcock's version of Dial M for Murder in 1954, and was surprised to see that there was an ...
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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: ...
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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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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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Artificial intelligence movies between 1927 and 1968

In any list of movies that explore the meaning of intelligence and the possibility of artificial intelligence, one would probably include Metropolis (1927) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). However, I ...
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Black guy dies first cliche

I have heard this so many times and always wondered - how did this horror film cliche (black guy dies first) begin?
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What happened to the cut 44 minutes of The Magnificent Ambersons?

Does anyone really know what happened to the missing 44 minutes of Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons”? Were they saved somewhere in an RKO vault and forgotten*, or left on the cutting room ...
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How many Batmans have existed in TV and movies?

Since everybody is talking about the new Batman movie, I've read people claiming that this one does look like the Batman from the comics and cartoons. I've done some research and now I know people ...
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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 makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?

The Shawshank Redemption is ranked as the "Top Rated" movie according to IMDB's Top 250 List. What makes it so important and unique in the world of cinema? Does it have to do purely with acting/plot,...
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What's the record for highest number of biographies on a single person?

I recently realized that so far there have been 4 movies about Steve Jobs' life, however ridiculous that might be, it made me wonder if there was another person that has enjoyed the same amount of ...
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Do any Hollywood movies star only little people?

Has Hollywood ever produced movies starring only little people (i.e. those with dwarfism) as actors?
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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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Have there been any movies about or with realistic ninjas?

Ninjas in fiction are usually very dramatic, highly visible acrobats, dressed in black pajamas and ski masks, who kill people with weapons like nunchakus, throwing stars, etc. To the best of my ...
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What is the first mockumentary style show?

There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a ...
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Did John Wayne ever shoot first?

In a recent interview, George Lucas has stated the following: I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot. ...
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What was the first book-to-film adaptation?

I've been doing my research about film adaptation. The object is a novel and film of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Now, I've seen on wikipedia that the first film that ever been adapted was Greed in 1924 (...
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Was casting adults as teenagers more common in the past?

I've think I've noticed that decades ago, Hollywood seemed to be more okay casting actors in their 30s as teenagers. In Grease, for example, Stockard Channing was 34, Jamie Donnelly was 31, Michael ...
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Hollywood movies that no longer exist in any form

Has there been a case in which a widely famous Hollywood movie was lost and there is no longer a copy of it in existence (physically nor electronically)? Edit: let's define "famous" as - known enough ...
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Why do old movies sound like old movies?

There seems to be a distinctive "old movie" sound. The accents (often British, or some weird American-British hybrid), the delivery of lines (if I talked to somebody the way these lines are delivered, ...
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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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What is the longest time elapsed before a show got renewed while preserving main cast?

On the note of the Twin Peak's renewal rumor after nearly 25 years of inactivity (since last episode in 1991), what is the longest time elapsed before a show got renewed while preserving the main cast?...
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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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Highest number of collabrations between an actor and a director

I want to know, what is the record for the highest number associations/collaborations between an actor/actress and a director. Not encompassing porn films for movies or extras for actors.
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First movie remake of an original motion picture

What is the first movie remake of another original movie (wholly written for the screen, not based on a book or play)? This question is very close, but not a duplicate as The Squaw Man was originally ...
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Buñuel and Dalí

According to Wikipedia, Buñuel and Dalí had a falling out around the time the former was filming L'Age d'Or. Is it known whether they ever restored their friendship?