In the course of the Twenties, sound revolutionized the movie and cinema persevered as probably the most major and well known kinds of mass leisure on the earth. movie studios have been reworked into significant companies, hiring a number of craftsmen and technicians together with cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, and set designers. The start of the superstar method supported the meteoric upward thrust and famous person prestige of actors together with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Rudolph Valentino whereas black performers (relegated to "race films") seemed sometimes in mainstream video clips. The vintage Hollywood movie kind was once perfected and critical movie genres have been validated: the melodrama, western, historic epic, and romantic comedy, in addition to slapstick, technology fiction, and fantasy.In ten unique essays, American Cinema of the Twenties examines the movie industry's persevered development and prosperity whereas concentrating on vital subject matters of the period.
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Miss May, rather, hailed from small-town Monroe, Wisconsin, the daughter of a “village blacksmith” who was taught by both her parents to “work like a switch engine” (May “My Dream”). This “diligent” seventeen-year-old “charming brunette,” whose bodily measurements were detailed in a number of midwestern newspapers (5'2", 136 lbs, 32" chest, 25" waist, 22" thighs, 32" hips, and 8" ankles), provided Thurwacher with the perfect corporal text with which to promote his theater and its delights as providing small-town wholesomeness while still offering the pleasures of big-city glamour.
Halsey 214) Throughout the boom and bust of the twenties the American ﬁlm industry continued to grow and prosper, ﬁnding ways to sell movies that celebrated the nation’s victories (war, prosperity, technology) and exploited its lapses (crime, Prohibition, scandal). A ﬁnancial publication of 1926 reported the following statistics about American cinema: the nation had 20,000 movie theaters (two-ﬁfths of the world’s total) (Halsey 172). Many of these were so-called “picture palaces,” beautifully appointed motion picture showplaces, like the Chicago Theater in Illinois (1921), the Loew’s Penn in Pittsburgh (1925), and Grauman’s Chinese (1927) and Egyptian (1922) in Los Angeles.
But regardless of the bitter weather, enumerators in the towns of Monessen, Pennsylvania; Van Wert and Coshocton, Ohio; Bessemer, Michigan; and Waukesha, Wisconsin, had a job to do, and along with some 90,000 others around the country, they set out from their homes, portfolios of schedules under their arms and fountain pens in their pockets, duly instructed to take the 14th Census of the United States. 4 percent) were now living within an “urban” environment (Hill). This population milestone represented a recent acceleration of a general trend that had begun in earnest more than seventy years ago.