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The Sound of Applause

David Luhrssen

in Mamoulian

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136769
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.003.0004
The Sound of Applause

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Paramount was the Hollywood studio whose artistic ambitions were most conducive to Mamoulian's vision of the medium's potential. When offered a chance to direct a film at the studio's Astoria, NY facility, Mamoulian learned the craft of filmmaking over several months before making Applause (1929), which revolutionized talking pictures and was startling for its invention of multi-track recording as well as using actual locations in New York City. It starred popular Broadway performer Helen Morgan along with non-professionals cast to enhance the production's sense of realism.

Keywords: Early talking pictures; Paramount Studio; Helen Morgan

Chapter.  2789 words. 

Subjects: Film

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