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1920s movie star Anita Page gets her first three roles, July 8, 1928


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Anita Page, who died early Saturday at the age of 98, is interviewed by The Times' Alma Whitaker in 1928, after Page started her career with three pictures in three months.

"In 'Telling the World,' I am rather sweet and modest, even if I am a poor little cabaret dancer," Page said. "In 'Dancing Daughters' I am a sophisticated flapper and with Lon Chaney [in 'While the City Sleeps'] I am a little underworld roughneck. Such wonderful chances to show what I could do."

She gets 20 or 30 fan letters a day!
 
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It's sad to see yet another silent star leave us. However, consider that you may very well be able to see her performances from the late 1920s and early 1930s on US tv. Alas, tv in Britain show very few older films, being totally centred on recent movies which are repeated ... again and again and again.
Robert Sharp, London

"Is Color Photography the next step?"

Interesting stuff on motion picture technology on this newspaper page. In 1928, sound on film had just become a reality and already "The greatest future is foreseen in the combining of sound with color. It may prove an ideal medium particularly for pictures in which the music is predominant. A grand opera ...can hardly be visualized in black and white. this will probably be a special field for color." According to wiki, the first full color movie with sound was "On with the Show" in 1929.

The movie industry in the first thirty years of the Twentieth Century would appear to have been as much about technological advances and breakthroughs as actors, directors and screen stories.

My own distinct impression is that the motion picture industry, although profitable, hasn't been as technologically dynamic as it was in the early twentieth century. Some innovations, but the movies are pretty much the same as they were decades ago.


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