Cinema: history and reflections on the cinematographic world

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From the history of cinema some interesting reflections on cinema starting from the first films without sound and in black and white up to modern films with digital images and sound.


Cinema history

Cinema was invented by the Lumière brothers in 1895 in Paris. It represents a form of entertainment and art that uses a particular technique of recording and reproduction of reality.

We can divide the genre into dramatic, action, horror, thriller, espionage, comedy, etc. The filming takes place indoors, or in special and equipped theaters or studios and outdoors, in places whose landscape lends itself to doing from background to action.


The shooting technique, which is carried out with special cameras, makes use of technical and artistic devices such as framing times, close-ups, fades, tracking shots, overlays, etc., used by the director to obtain particular effects.

A great importance is given to the lighting of the scene and the subjects to be shot, to increase and make the most of the intensity of the message to be transmitted.

In addition to the images, the sound is also very important, the volume of the dialogues, which can be adjusted not only live but also later with a dubbing or a remix.


With modern dolby digital techniques it is possible to make an extremely realistic film as enveloping today, recreating an incredible presence effect.

Reflections on cinema

The first cinemas were housed inside some theaters that were adapted by the managers for these particular events since, being the first films without sound, a white canvas was sufficient to project the film.

But as soon as it was possible to have cinematographic films equipped with sound, the premises used exclusively for cinemas began to multiply.

Currently the quality of the images and the computer techniques applied are very advanced and with the help of a high fidelity audio system supported by dolby digital systems it is possible to obtain very realistic effects, so much so that in some films you have the perception of a presence effect able to immerse the viewer in the scene of the film thanks to sounds from all directions.

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