Cinema Imitates Life

Cinema Imitates Life - Josu J. Negrn Manuel A. Perez Tejada...

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Josué J. Negrón Manuel A. Perez Tejada English 1102-A 8 September, 2009 Cinema Imitates Life Motion pictures are a reflection of society. Whether they are fictional or not, cinema imitates life. There are other forms of art and entertainment that precede film, such as stage plays, vaudeville, books, music and poetry, but film takes all of that and more and incorporates it all into one. As with other forms of art, movies imitate life and can evoke emotion, provide social commentary on our society or just entertain us for a bit of our time. Films also entail viewers to spend the needed time with loved ones, through common interests. The main reason to love films is to appreciate from where they are derived and how they are composed; in essence, just appreciating the complex history of cinema. This complicity starts when someone finds a way to record history. Times of yore, scops would recite epic poems of heroes with historical background and scribes would record events on scrolls and then on to journals. Egyptians recorded history onto hieroglyphs. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440, people started printing books and newspapers in order to cover many topics, including history and in the case of newspapers, current events. Up until the late 1800s, print media was the dominant method of recording history. It was not until at the time when the Kinetoscope and the motion picture camera were invented that people started making films (Dirks). The first films were made with celluloid film stock as well as nitrate film, but eventually the current stock used is the 35mm film gauge. Most of the early films were
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Negrón 2 just exhibitions of actions that are now considered mundane in today’s standards, such as a man sneezing or a running train (Gregory). Around the start of the 20
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