The History of Movies

By: Erin

How Movie Got Started

The history of film began in the late 1880s with the invention of the first movie camera. The movie theater was considered a cheaper, simpler way to provide entertainment. It was simpler because of the fact that before the people would have to travel long distances to see live theater. With the advent of the cinema this changed. During the first decade of the cinema's existence, inventors worked to improve the machines for making and showing films.

Facts About Movies

The first movie with sound was shown in New York City in 1923. The short film ushered in the era of talking pictures, or "talkies." The first full-length movie with sound was The Jazz Singer (1927). The longest movie ever made was The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple, a 27-hour silent film released in China in 1928. Technically, it was a series. The so-called "movie" was shown in 18 parts (each as long as a regular movie). The highest grossing movie in the United States was Titanic (1997) starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet. This movie about the doomed ocean liner has grossed more than $600 million dollars to date. The most expensive movies have all been action films with a superhero or fantasy element. These include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Superman Returns (2006), Spiderman 3 (2007), and The Avengers (2012). Eye-popping special effects account for much of the cost in these movies. As far as movies go, there is a three-way tie for the number of Oscars won. Ben-Hur (1959), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), and Titanic (1997) have all won 11 Oscars each.

Worst Movie Ever

Critics can dislike a film and give a bad review. But it's difficult to get critics and movie-goers to despise a film at the same time. According to IMDb and their polls (which are very accurate), the worst film of all time is Disaster Movie. This wasn't a huge suprise at all, with its average rating of 1.3/10 on IMDb and a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes.

How Movies are Today

Movie theaters today are very different from the late 1880's. For an example we now have all sorts of food that you can order like hot dogs, ham burgers, french fries, pizza, and lemonade. The theaters now have larger screens, and 3-D. The films or movies, now have sound, and great stunts and special effects.