Talking pictures : how they are made, how to appreciate them (c. 1937)

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History of Motion Pictures emphasized the dramatic value of a certain war scene. But from DeiMille's New York office came a wail from a too practical executive, "We pay these actors well. Why show only one half of their faces?" DeMille answered quickly, "Don't you ever look at great paintings? That's Rembrandt lighting!" The New York executive thought the phrase strongly descriptive. The picture was advertised as "the first to have Rembrandt lighting," and motion picture photog- raphy w r ith its present emphasis upon artistic content had been born. Under various producers and directors, the silent film advanced steadily in importance until 1927. Clever men found endless ways to make effective pantomime and inserted written titles to take the place of stage dialogue. Stage producers noted with alarm that it was increasingly difficult to get experienced actors. The best had gone to Hollywood or to the first Eastern studios established at Fort Lee, New Jersey. In New York, silent motion pictures scored greater success than most stage plays. The Big Parade ran for more than a year on Broadway. The silent picture era developed some magnificent films. The following will probably always be remem- bered: The Birth of a Nation, The Ten Command- ments, Seventh Heaven, Broken Blossoms, The Covered Wagon, The Little Minister, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ben-Hur, The Tour Horsemen of the Apoca- lypse, Quo Vadis (Italian), Cabiria (Italian), The Three Musketeers, Eyes of the World, Queen Elizabeth, Car- men, Civilization, and Abraham Lincoln. [19]