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"Never to be again presented in such epochal splendor." What appeared as hype in 1928, became solid truth soon enough. Chaplin presented with full orchestra and Sid Grauman's Greatest Prologue would not ever again happen.
Within months, canned sound would take hold and not let go. Full pit orchestras in movie theaters would be a thing of the past. The last vestige of vaudeville, the live prologues, would hold on a bit longer as a method to bring Depression Era movie-goers back into theaters.
Any wonder why movies became such big business in so short a time? Ordinary people --many recent immigrants-- could enter guilded palaces and be entertained by the world's finest entertainers. All for a pittance.
It was magic.
Arye Michael Bender |
April 08, 2009 at 12:57 PM