Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies by Ann HornadayWhether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie?
In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie—from writing the script and casting to the final sound edit—and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film is well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do? Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light—not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.
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It was launched on 26 May on Sky channel Now ,  but later also became available on Freeview, Freesat, and Virgin Media. It is on air for 24 hours a day and features mainly older British films, both classics and B-films ,  but the schedule also includes some American films, straight-to-video programmes, cinema shorts, and period home movies of British locations. In-house productions are also shown, as are items from the Cronins' own back catalogue,  including Noel's Dandelion Distribution, as well as series from the Southern TV franchise archive, and early American television shows. Movies are usually copied directly from film reels ; damaged reels from the catalogue are often replaced by donations, either from online, viewers or available libraries. One of the aims of the founders was to maintain the history of British cinema; it was said to have been in the making since ca. Cronin-Stanley explained to the Watford Observer in that "People were interested in the big titles but he [her father Noel] wanted to save the smaller, more obscure titles, from getting lost ".
Talking Motion Pictures. Up to this point, movies had enjoyed a wide degree of popularity, but they still remained a secondary form of entertainment, largely due to their lack of sound. As evidence of this fact, many silent films were originally used as "chasers" in the more popular vaudeville shows. In this system, sound effects and music were recorded on a wax record that would later be synchronized with the film projector. In order to exhibit this new technology, Warner Brothers released "Don Juan", the first motion picture to have a pre-recorded score and synchronized sound effects.
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In an age where television viewers delight in high definition video and even 4D film, is there any solace for those who simply want to take in our favourite monochrome classics? For the uninitiated, this involves sitting on a comfortable sofa with your brew of choice to hand, a side-plate of biscuits other brands are available, but I find the Hob Nob has a certain synergy with the activity , and enjoying without interruptions a cracking old black and white movie. At some point daytime TV morphed into game shows, Australian soaps and people shouting at each other about the likely paternity of babies, and the great old black and white movies lost favour. Movies4Men throws in some often random episodes of old serials. So thank the monochrome gods of celluloid heaven for the utter delight that is Talking Pictures TV. Most of their output has rarely been on TV before, some of it never seen since the movie was shown in your local fleapit cinema 60 or 70 years ago. The channel launched two years ago and has been quietly building a steady following.
Suddenly, every movie actor ran the risk of instant obsolescence, every director needed a new set of skills, and the art of screenwriting instantly gained a new dimension. The most famous obsolete silent-screenwriter was F. Though most of them made talking pictures, few made any to compare with their silent marvels; only those of Charlie Chaplin rival—and even surpass—his silent work. Talking pictures necessarily have a limited field, they are held down to the particular tongues of particular races. Alexander Korda in had suggested I should do a Hitler story based on mistaken identity, Hitler having the same moustache as the tramp: I could play both characters, he said. I did not think too much about the idea then, but now it was topical, and I was desperate to get working again.