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History of FilmCompelling stories, visual effects, and objects in motion
A history of film, from moving pictures to modern movies
Before film making began, there were plays and dances. The early origins of film date back to the middle of the 19th century, when devices such as the zoetrope displayed objects in motion. It was not until the 1920s that sound recording devices and technologies provided words to previously silent films. Films have gained steady popularity ever since. Home videos were popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Now DVDs and Internet streaming, such as Netflix, provide people with a way to view their favorite films.
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