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The History of Cinema: 1929







Argentina - Germany


Pater Vojtech (Czechoslovakia, 1929)


Corazon ante la ley, directed by Nelo Cosimi, is released.   It is Argentina’s first sound film. [ADD]



  2/1 -

The Censorship Board and Appeals Board come into operation following 1927’s Royal Commission on the film industry. [ADD]

  Mar -

The last edition of the silent Australian Gazette silent cinema newsreel is released. [ADD]


– Due to the failure of 1927’s Royal Commission to have any impact, and the cost of the introduction of sound, film production is at its lowest since 1909. [ADD]

  23/8 -

G’schichten aus der Steiermark (Tales from Styria), Austria’s first sound film, is released.   It is directed by Hans Otto Lowenstein for Eagle Film and Ottoton Film. [ADD]


– The newly established Uranian Films release Wara Wara [ADD]

    The Passenger (1929)
  13/4 -

Ernst Lubitsch’s The Patriot becomes the first sound film to be screened in the country when it plays in Sao Paolo.   The film was not in fact filmed with sound but was post-synchronised. [ADD]

  1/1 -

The Kuomintang lay down rules for film censorship. [ADD]


– British cameramen visit the island to film the documentary Opos stin Arcadia (Like Arcadia) which shows the similarities between Cyprus and the Greek island of Arcadia. [ADD]

  1/3 -

Martin Fric’s Pater Vojtech (Father Vojtech) is released. [ADD]


– The stagnant condition of the Danish film industry is illustrated by the fact that, of 395 films released there, only three are Danish.   US films account for 74% of the market, while German films account for a further 20%.  [ADD]


– The Nordisk Film Kompagni is established as a sound film production company. [ADD]




– The State Film Technical Board is established as a result of the Tampere cinema fire in 1926.   The Board oversees audience safety and the correct use and repair of exhibition equipment. [ADD]


– Finland’s first short sound film is produced. [ADD]

    Pandora's Box (1929)
  17/1 -

An experimental screening of two short sound films takes place at the Tauentzienplast in Berlin. [ADD]

  9/2 -

G. W. Pabst’s Buchse der Pandora (Pandora’s Box) is released.   Starring American actress Louise Brooks, the film features, in Alice Robert’s Countess Anna Geschwitz, what is considered to be cinema’s first lesbian character. [ADD]

  12/3 -

Walter Ruttmann’s Melodie der Wlet, Germany’s first talking picture, is released. [ADD]

  29/4 -

Curtis Bernhardt’s Die Frau nach der man sich sehnt (The Woman Men Yearn For), starring Marlene Dietrich, premieres in Berlin. [ADD]

  3/6 -

The Singing Fool, the first American sound film to be screened in Germany, opens at the Gloria Palast in Berlin.   Within a week it is seen by over 30,000 people. [ADD]

  5/9 -

While attending the stage show Zwei Kravatten in Berlin to watch actor Hans Albers, director Josef von Sternberg is impressed enough by leading lady Marlene Dietrich to sign her for the role of Lola for his forthcoming film, Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). [ADD]

  15/10 -

Director G. W. Pabst is re-united with Louise Brooks, the American star of Die Busche der Pandora (Pandora’s Box) for Tagebuch einer Verloren (Diary of a Lost Girl). [ADD]

  21/11 -

Die Konigsloge, directed by Bryan Foy for Warner Brothers is released in Berlin.   It is the first foreign-language film to be made in the US. [ADD]

  16/12 -

UFA’s first sound film, Melodie des Herzens, premieres at the UFA Palast am Zoo cinema in Berlin.   Directed by Hans Schwarz, the film stars Dita Parlo and Willy Fritsch. [ADD]


UFA begin construction of sound film studios in Neubabelsberg at an estimated cost of 6 million marks.   The studio consists of four sound stages in the form of a cross (Tonkreuz) and is ready for production on the 24th September. [ADD]


Tobis and Klangfilm combine to compete against American sound film technology, and claim German patent rights in sound film. [ADD]


– Germany has a total of 83 film production companies in 1929. [ADD]


Other Key Films of 1929



    Sukumari (1929)

Sukumari (The Good Girl) [MORE]


Erotikon (Gustav Machaty) [ADD]


My Grandmother (Kote Mikaberidze) [ADD]


Bruder (Werner Hochbaum) [ADD]


Die Frau im Mond (Fritz Lang) [ADD]


Heimkehr (Joe May) [ADD]


Menschen am Sonntag (Robert Siodmak) [ADD]


Um’s tagliche Brot (Piel Jutzi) [ADD]


Die weisse Holle vom Piz Palu (Arnold Fanck, G. W. Pabst) [ADD]


Die Wunderbare Luge der Nina Petrowna (Hans Schwarz) [ADD]

    The History of Cinema: 1929
    Argentina - Germany
    Gt. Britain
    Greece - USSR
    USA: January - April
    USA: May - August
    USA: September - December









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