1919 in film

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The year 1919 in film involved some significant events.

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Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, "The Tramp", and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

Mary Pickford Canadian-American actress

Gladys Louise Smith, known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-born American film actress and producer. With a career spanning 50 years, she was a co-founder of both the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio and, later, the United Artists film studio, and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who present the yearly "Oscar" award ceremony.

Douglas Fairbanks American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer

Douglas Fairbanks was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films including The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro but spent the early part of his career making comedies.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

RankTitleGross
1. The Miracle Man $3,000,000 [4]
2. Male and Female $1,256,227 [5]
3. Daddy-Long-Legs $1,250,000 [6]
4. Madame DuBarry $1,000,000 [7]
5. The Roaring Road
6. When the Clouds Roll By
7. Hawthorne of the U.S.A.
8. Broken Blossoms $600,000 [8]

Notable films released in 1919 around the world

<i>Anne of Green Gables</i> (1919 film) 1919 film by William Desmond Taylor

Anne of Green Gables is a 1919 American silent comedy-drama film directed by William Desmond Taylor. The film was based upon the novel of the same name by Lucy Maud Montgomery. By 1999, all prints of the film were believed to have been lost.

William Desmond Taylor Irish-American film director, actor and murder victim

William Desmond Taylor was an Anglo-Irish-American director and actor. A popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s, he directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915.

Mary Miles Minter actress

Mary Miles Minter was an American actress. She appeared in 54 silent era motion pictures from 1912 to 1923.

Comedy film series

Only the films of the series released in 1919 are collected.

Buster Keaton (1917–1941)

Films starring Roscoe Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton released in 1919:

Roscoe Arbuckle American film actor

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was an American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he eventually moved to Keystone Studios, where he worked with Mabel Normand and Harold Lloyd. He mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope. Arbuckle was one of the most popular silent stars of the 1910s, and soon became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, signing a contract in 1920 with Paramount Pictures for US$1 million.

Buster Keaton American actor and filmmaker

Joseph Frank Keaton, known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression which earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face". Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton's "extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929" when he "worked without interruption" on a series of films that make him "the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies". His career declined afterward with a loss of artistic independence when he was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, his wife divorced him, and he descended into alcoholism. He recovered in the 1940s, remarried, and revived his career to a degree as an honored comic performer for the rest of his life, earning an Academy Honorary Award.

September 7 is the 250th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 115 days remaining until the end of the year.

<i>Back Stage</i> (1919 film) 1919 film by Roscoe Arbuckle

Back Stage is a 1919 American two-reel silent comedy film directed by and starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and featuring Buster Keaton and Al St. John.

October 26 is the 299th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 66 days remaining until the end of the year.

Charlie Chaplin (1914–1923)

Charlie Chaplin wrote, produced, directed, and starred in 9 films for his own production company between 1918 and 1923. These films were distributed by First National. Below the movies filmed in 1919:

1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar, the 1918th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 918th year of the 2nd millennium, the 18th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1910s decade. As of the start of 1918, the Gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.

1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1923rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 923rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 23rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1920s decade. As of the start of 1923, the Gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which was relegated that February to use only by churches after Greece adopted the Gregorian calendar.

First National Pictures film production company

First National Pictures was an American motion picture production and distribution company. It was founded in 1917 as First National Exhibitors' Circuit, Inc., an association of independent theater owners in the United States, and became the country's largest theater chain. Expanding from exhibiting movies to distributing them, the company reincorporated in 1919 as Associated First National Theatres, Inc., and Associated First National Pictures, Inc. In 1924 it expanded to become a motion picture production company as First National Pictures, Inc., and became an important studio in the film industry. In September 1928, control of First National passed to Warner Bros., into which it was completely absorbed on November 4, 1929. A number of Warner Bros. films were thereafter branded First National Pictures until 1936, when First National Pictures, Inc., was dissolved.

May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 230 days remaining until the end of the year.

<i>Sunnyside</i> (film) 1919 short silent film by Charlie Chaplin

Sunnyside is a 1919 American short silent film written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin. It was his third film for First National Pictures.

December 15 is the 349th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 16 days remaining until the end of the year.

Score composed for 1973 re-release

Uncompleted and unreleased films

Harold Lloyd (1913–1921)

Glasses character ("The Boy"):

Animated short film series

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Out of the Inkwell.

Koko the Clown (1919-1934)

Koko the Clown was the first animated movie cartoon series. Below list of short films released in 1919:

Felix the Cat (1919-1936)

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Felix the cat in his first cartoon Feline Follies.

Below list of Felix the Cat short films released in 1919:

November 9: Feline Follies
November 16: The Musical Mews
December 14: The Adventures of Felix

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

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The following is an overview of 1921 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

The year 1920 in film involved some significant events.

The year 1918 in film involved some significant events.

1917 in film was a particularly fruitful year for the art form, and is often cited as one of the years in the decade which contributed to the medium the most, along with 1913. Secondarily the year saw a limited global embrace of narrative film-making and featured innovative techniques such as continuity cutting. Primarily, the year is an American landmark, as 1917 is the first year where the narrative and visual style is typified as "Classical Hollywood".

The year 1916 in film involved some significant events.

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The House That Shadows Built (1931) is a feature compilation film from Paramount Pictures, made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the studio's founding in 1912. The film was a promotional film for exhibitors and never had a regular theatrical release.

Snitz Edwards Hungarian actor

Snitz Edwards was a stage and character actor of the early years of the silent film era into the 1930s.

Marguerite De La Motte actress

Marguerite De La Motte was an American film actress, most notably of the silent film era.

Norman Kerry American actor

Norman Kerry was an American actor whose career in the motion picture industry spanned over twenty-five years beginning in 1916 and peaking during the silent era of the 1920s.

References

  1. Kreimeier, Klaus (1996). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 19181945. p. 56.
  2. Silberman, Marc (1995). German Cinema: Texts in Context. Detroit: Wayne State University. p. 3. ISBN   978-0814325605.
  3. "Brief Descriptions and Expanded Essays of National Film Registry Titles". Library of Congress . Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  4. Box office at IMDB accessed January 27 2017
  5. Birchard, Robert S. (2004), Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood, Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, p. 144, ISBN   0-8131-2324-0
  6. Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) p 942 accessed January 28 2017
  7. Finler, Joel W. (April 2, 1992), The Hollywood Story (Second ed.), Mandarin, p. 472, ISBN   0-7493-0637-8
  8. Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN   978-0-299-23004-3.p30-31

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