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MamoulianLife on Stage and Screen$
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David Luhrssen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136769

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.001.0001

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The Sound of Applause

The Sound of Applause

(p.43) Chapter 4 The Sound of Applause

David Luhrssen

University Press of Kentucky

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

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