Class 4: Phonofilm Films

As we will discuss in class on Monday, one of the early film technologies in the United States was a process called Phonofilm. Below are early examples as the technology is demonstrated with some famous personalities of the day.

  1. President Coolidge, Taken on the White House Ground (1924). President Coolidge speaks his views on taxation and what-not. Notice that he looks at the camera like he’s giving a speech to a crowd of people, looking left, center, and right.
  2. A Few Moments Eddie Cantor (1923). Cantor was a famous Vaudevillian whose act is basically being reproduced in this film. It is as there was not a camera present.

Once sound arrives, this Western Electric summarizes how it all happened.

  • Finding His Voice (1929). Guess which company was significantly important for this technological marvel. Yup, you guessed it!
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