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It's the Booze Talkin': Censorship and the Hays Code

It's the Booze Talkin': Censorship and the Hays Code | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
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As movies began to become more popular and produced more widespread, there arose a need to control what can be show/ said and what cannot be shown/said.  The Hays Code, written by William H. Hayes, demonstrated the "Don'ts and be carefuls" of film.  As sound became more common in movies, it became necessary to control what type of content can be said, thus the advent for the Hays Code.

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Film Musicals 1927-1930

Film Musicals 1927-1930 | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
musical film 1927-1930
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Just when the other movie producers were not sure as to invest in the vitaphone or not, Warner Brothers released another movie to help the other producers make up their minds.  The new feature was called, "The Jazz Singer.'  Released in 1927, "The Jazz Singer" was the first motion picture to use recorded songs and dialogue in the film.  The production hit the box offices with big numbers, and audiences could actually hear the voice of Al Jolson as they enjoyed the film too.  

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Film History of the 1920s

Film History of the 1920s | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
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With the introduction of sound in motion picture, some directors saw the need to re-release movies but with sound added onto it.  One major example was the release of "All Quiet on the Western Front."  This movie really started the trend for reproducing old movies to add sound to the feature.  Also, the movie "Applause" made a breakthrough with sound by using overlapping soundtracks and having sound be used for cues or signals, which was a completely new idea in the motion picture industry.  

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Vitaphone Vaudeville, 1926-1930 | Silent Film Festival

Vitaphone Vaudeville, 1926-1930 | Silent Film Festival | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
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The Vitaphone was the first successful attempt at syncronizing sound with image for the film industry.  The vitaphone was mainly created by AT&T, but could not find a film industry that would take a chance on this breakthrough in motion picture since the previous attempts had led to large debt accumulation.  Warner Brothers, however, took the chance and went with using the vitaphone as a means of creating new films with sound synchronized to the picture.

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The Nickelodeon's History

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The Nickelodeon's history, read for more information.
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The Nickelodeon was th first theater created for large crowds to come and view several films typically for the price of a nickle.  The filsm were silent, thus a designated spot for a pianist or acccordian player to come and provide some musical accompanyment.  In additon, some Nickelodeons would have a musical sing-a-long in between the changing of the movie reels to give some more entertainment, and the songs were usually led by the owner or a member of their family.  

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Vitaphone (1928-31) | George Groves The Movie Sound Pioneer

Vitaphone (1928-31) | George Groves The Movie Sound Pioneer | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
Movie sound pioneer George Groves working on early sound films in Hollywood with Warner Bros
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The director, George Groves was obtaining huge success with all of the great "first" films he produced.  After directing, "The Jazz Singer," Groves decided to make a new film in 1928 called, "Lights of New York," which was the first "all talking" film produced.  New technological innovations were made with the use of condenser microphones to record voices and sound effects.  Microphones had to be placed in strategical location since the cameras were large and noisy, and the microhpones tended to be very sensitive.

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Talking Motion Pictures

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With the new breakthrough in sound recording for films, Warner Brothers decided to put the vitaphone to use for the first time.  Warner Brother released, "Don Juan" in 1926 as the first movie wht prerecorded sound as well as the use of synchronized sound effects.  This proved to be a huge hit in the box offices, yet movie producers still were not convinced that the new vitaphone would be a financial success.  

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Paris in 1900: Music and dance from Indochina

Paris in 1900: Music and dance from Indochina | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
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The 1900 Paris World Exposition was basically a more modern version of the Renaissance for new technological inventions.  Such inventions that were showcased included primitive sound recording and primitive talking films.  These inventions were not quite perfected yet.  The talking films did not have a means of synchronizing the film with audio, but the idea came up during the 1900 Paris World Exposition.

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Silent-film era's illustrated songs come back to life at Cinematheque

Silent-film era's illustrated songs come back to life at Cinematheque | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
film historian Rick Altman's research on silent-film sound led him to a vast collection of song slides owned by two sisters in Minnesota, and that led him to an idea: Why not re-create the nickelodeon as experienced by our great (and great-great)...
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This is the world's first glimpse at what a music video was back in the early 1900's  People would gather at the Nickelodeons and be given several films, but in the mix would be illustraed songs which would show about 15 images up on a screen along with a live band playing some new songs of that era, and people would especially come to the Nickelodeons to see the illustrared songs that were featured.  

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Ruckus! American Entertainments at the Turn of the Twentieth Century and the Bonnie and Semoura Clark Black Vaudeville Collection | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Ruckus! American Entertainments at the Turn of the Twentieth Century and the Bonnie and Semoura Clark Black Vaudeville Collection | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Music in Motion Pictures from 1900-1930 | Scoop.it
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Vaudeville is the precursor to the way music entered motion picture.  With all of the wild shows and acts that were performed during these shows, musical accompanyment always followed.  As motion picture began to emerge even more in the early 1900's, some of the musical elements of how Vaudeville was setup gave way to the manner motion pictures were presented in theaters.   

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