In one of our blog I talked about the Golden age of Indian Cinema. And many of my readers loved it. So i thought of creating a same blog, but this time about Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema.
So lets get started.
What is Golden Age of Hollywood
The Golden Age of Hollywood (or classical Hollywood cinema) is a term often refer to as existing from the end of the silent era in American cinema (1913–1929, through to 1960).
The 1920s was an era characterized by economic prosperity, laissez faire capitalism, and minimal government intervention in business.
Why are the 1920s consider as the Golden Age of Hollywood?
The 1920s were a time of great prosperity and innovation in the film industry. The Baby Boom was in full swing, and there were more people than ever before with disposable income to spend on entertainment. And Hollywood studios also were eager to capitalize on this new market by producing more motion pictures than ever before.
However, Hollywood already been a popular destination for tourists. But now they wanted their own share of the tourist dollars. So they began producing movies specifically targeted at foreign audiences.
Another reason why the 1920s considered as the Golden Age of Hollywood is because of technological advancements in filmmaking.
Moreover, the 1920s were a time of great creativity and innovation in Hollywood. The movie industry was undergoing a transformation from a series of silents to talkies. And this allowed actors to deliver their lines in more natural ways.
This period also saw the rise of directors like Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. The reason is that they helped define what “Hollywood” meant to the rest of the world by creating new styles for film.
Furthermore, United States was undergoing a major economical boom during this period. And Hollywood became a thriving place to work for actors, directors and other film professionals. And many classic films produced during this time, including Singin’ in the Rain and Gone with the Wind.
When Did Hollywood Start Making Movies?
The Silent Era (1914 – 1923)
In 1914, Thomas Edison opened his own motion picture company called Biograph Studios. He wants to make movies with sound, but he didn’t think there would be enough people interested in hearing them. Instead, he made silent films. These were short films that had no dialogue.
The Talkies Begin (1923 – 1929)
By 1923, the talkie era began. This meant that actors needed to learn how to speak clearly so that audiences could understand what they were saying. This led to the creation of voice coaches who helped actors improve their speaking skills.
The Golden Age (1930 – 1939)
During the 1930s, Hollywood became known as “Hollywoodland.” Actors such as Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and James Cagney rose to fame during this period. These stars were considered the top tier of movie stars at the time.
The Postwar Years (1945 – 1959)
After World War II ended, Hollywood continued to thrive. Many new genres emerged, including musicals, westerns, horror films, and science fiction movies.
The Modern Era (1960 – Present)
During the 1960s, Hollywood became more diverse with the emergence of African American actors and directors. This led to the creation of black-themed films such as “The Defiant Ones” and “Blacula.”
In the 1970s, Hollywood began producing more independent films. These included films by directors like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas.
Why is the period of the late 1960s and 1970s called New Hollywood?
The period from 1968 to 1980 called as “New Hollywood” because it was an entirely new era for film. While Hollywood had been making films since the early 1900s, the studio system had become stagnant. And eventually completely collapsed during this time period.
The main reason for this shift in production is that Hollywood studios were trying to compete with television, which had become popular by the late 1960s.
And Filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg starts to produce films at a rate faster than they can be released on television.
As a result, television producers began to acquire distribution rights for these films. By this, they can broadcast on television as well. And this led to an increase in demand for original content. And therefore, new types of directors became involve in filmmaking—i.e; Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg.
So this is it about the Golden History of Hollywood Golden Cinema and its Journey from start to end. Do you know any other details about Hollywood history? Do share your views in the comment section below.