Film & Cinema

Jeff Mohlman Delivers a Primer on the History of Film and Cinema

My name is Jeff Mohlman, and I’m a cinephile. I’m very passionate about movies, and I spend most of my free time curled up in my living room watching films. I truly believe that movies are the greatest art form of the modern age. Apart from the obvious fact that they’re fun to watch, films allow us to enjoy beautiful visuals and music, as well as thought-provoking stories and dialogue.

But as much as I enjoy talking about movies, Jeff Mohlman is by no means a subject matter expert. But I do know enough about the history of cinema to give you a short background:

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In 1895 in Paris, the first projection of moving pictures was shown to a paying audience. Before several national film industries were established in 1914, films only lasted for a few minutes or less and only shown in fairgrounds or any darkened room where a screen can be set up. Synchronized sound to projected pictures were not added until 1927, which was when the feature-length movie Jazz Singer was released.

Cinema had its Golden Age in the 1930s.It was during this decade when nearly all feature-length movies had synchronized sound. Some films were also already in full color. By this time and well into the 1950s, movies were the main form of entertainment. This was a truly interesting time in history; people went to the movies at least twice a week! Now if I were alive during this time, I’m pretty sure that the name Jeff Mohlman would be at the top of the weekly list of moviegoers at our local cinema!

From the 1950s until the end of the 20th century, the movie and broadcasting industries developed strategies to keep up with the latest technology—television—to help maintain the public’s interest in films. With a dramatic plunge in ticket sales and box-office receipts, Hollywood companies tried to use television as their new distribution outlet. They also produced programming for primetime TV. Hollywood film companies have come a long way since the Golden Age of Cinema; they’ve already become full-fledged media companies, involved not only in movie production, but also radio, theater, and television programming.

In today’s digital age and in the future, what do movie buffs like me have to look forward to? I don’t know; I might come up with a Jeff Mohlman Cinephile Blog! But for now, I’d settle for watching the next blockbuster hit at my favorite cinema!