Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 11:00 AM
Introduction / 1895-1918: The World Discovers a New Artform / Thrill Becomes Story. Filmed in the very buildings where the first movies were made, this first hour shows that ideas and passion have always driven film more than money and marketing. The very first movie stars, close ups and special effects, and creation of the Hollywood myth. And a surprise: the greatest—and best-paid—writers in these early years were women.
1918: The Triumph of American Film…and the First of its Rebels. Movies in the Roaring 1920s. Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry with star directors like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. But the gloss and fantasy was challenged by movie makers like Robert Flaherty, Eric Von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who wanted films to be more serious and mature. This was a battle for the soul of cinema. The result: some of the greatest movies ever made.