Sound studio

The short, starry stinkers of early sound cinema – Nathan Rabin’s happy place

On the contrary, early sound comedies relied even more on movie stars than contemporary comedies. He was also even less interested in plot or characterization than contemporary comedies. It wasn’t about telling a story or taking the audience on a journey; it was about projecting as many fun, successful people on screen as possible and hoping that the results would be fun enough to excuse some fundamental inconsistency.

Then and now, it was a business that sometimes resulted in great arts and entertainment, but more often produced blatant nonsense, fueled by fame and fame.

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