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Trick of the Light 

The development of cinematography from its primitive beginnings through emergence as a serious art form in the late 1920s. Film clips and interviews with veterans of the period like Karl Brown and George Folsey are highlighted.
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
James Mason ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Brown Karl Brown ... Himself
Viola Dana ... Herself
Allan Dwan ... Himself
George J. Folsey George J. Folsey ... Himself (as George Folsey)
Lee Garmes ... Himself
A. Arnold Gillespie A. Arnold Gillespie ... Himself
Lillian Gish ... Herself
Byron Haskin ... Himself
Henry Hathaway ... Himself
Leatrice Joy ... Herself
Bessie Love ... Herself
Colleen Moore ... Herself
Gloria Swanson ... Herself
Alice Terry ... Actress 'Scaramouche' (archive footage)
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The development of cinematography from its primitive beginnings through emergence as a serious art form in the late 1920s. Film clips and interviews with veterans of the period like Karl Brown and George Folsey are highlighted.

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1980 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

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Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

James Mason: Bitzer was a technician who put Griffith's ideas onto celluloid.
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Connections

Features Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

The Anvil Chorus
from 'Il Travatore" (uncredited)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Karl Brown hummed it to hold time while cranking the camera.
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Terrific because you'll never hear about this stuff anywhere else...
13 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Hollywood" is a truly amazing mini-series about the history of American silent movies. Unlike most documentaries, it's VERY exhaustive and gives so much detail you just won't get anywhere else. In the case of "Trick of the Light", this is even more true than in other episodes--with all sorts of inside information about how films were made from the standpoint of cinematography and camera tricks. For example, the use of matte paintings is not just discussed but examples are shown with and without the painting to show how many great scenes were affordably made. Also, you speeding up or slowing down the cranking speed of the camera is explained and how this was done to heighten the tension of certain types of scenes. Overall, like a how-to guide for wood-be silent filmmakers--an incredibly rich and satisfying show.


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