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The History of Cinema: 1929

 

 

 

 

 

     
   

Greece - USSR

     
   

Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) (1929)

     
   

Hungary

     
   

The Singing Fool premieres at the Forum Cinema, the first screening of a sound film in Hungary. [ADD]

     
   

– The Star film production company goes bankrupt. [ADD]

     
     
     
    India
     
   

Kapal Kundala, directed by Priyanath N. Ganguly, becomes the first Indian film to achieve a ‘silver jubilee’ run of 25 weeks.   Indira Devi and Prabodh Bose star. [ADD]

     
   

– The Elphinstone Picture Palace in Calcutta becomes the first cinema in the East to be wired for sound.   The first sound film screened there is Universal’s Melody of Love.  [ADD]

     
   

Prabhat Film Co (Kolhapur), Ranjit Movietone (Bombay), British Dominion Film Studios, Aurora Film Corporation and General Pictures Corporation (Madras) are all founded this year. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Iran
     
   

– Russian national Ovanes Ohanian opens the Parvareshgahe Artistiye cinema (The Cinema Artist Educational Center) in Tehran. [ADD]

     
   

 

   
    Italy
     
    Alessandro Blassetti
     
   

Alessandro Blassetti’s avant-garde documentary, Sole, premieres in Rome. [ADD]

     
   

– A new law bans any film from being shown in a foreign language. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Macedonia
     
   

Ilija Dzonov opens a cinema in Gevgelia, near his home town of Bogdanci, before holding further screenings in Strumica. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Mexico
   
   

The government passes a decree that all foreign films must be subtitled in Spanish, despite the fact that its largely illiterate population want integral dubbing. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Poland
     
   

Riots break out over films shown with German subtitles. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Portugal
   
    Jose Leitao de Barros
     
   

Jose Leitao De Barros’s documentary film Nazare, Praia de Pescadores is released. [ADD]

     
   

– A new law briefly bans any film from being screened in a foreign language. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Spain
     
   

– A new law briefly bans any film from being screened in a foreign language. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Switzerland
     
    Sergei Eisenstein
     
   

Sergei Eisenstein, Ivor Montagu, Alberto Cavalcanti, Bela Balazs, Hans Richter and Walter Ruttman attend the International Congress of Avant-Garde Film held at La Sarraz. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Tajikistan
     
   

Vasili Kuzin’s documentary film Arrival of a Train in Dushanbe, the first to be filmed in Tajikstan, is released. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Tanzania
     
   

– The country’s first cinema opens. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Turkmenistan
     
   

A. Vladycuk’s White Gold, a semi-documentary about collectivisation, is the country’s first feature-length film. [ADD]

     
     
     
    USSR
     
    Novyy Vavilon (The New Babylon (1929)
     
   

Novyy Vavilon (The New Babylon), directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg, premieres in Leningrad.   The film stars Elena Kuzmina and features music composed by Dmitri Shostakovich. [ADD]

     
   

Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man With a Movie Camera), Dziga Vertov’s innovative study of a day in the life of a city and its people, premieres in Moscow. [ADD]

     
   

Sergei Eisenstein’s Staroye I Novoye (The General Line) is finally released three years after it was filmed. [ADD]

     
   

– The Association of Revolutionary Cinematography (ARC) is renamed the Association of Workers of Revolutionary Cinematography (ARRC) to support the cultural revolution by making ‘100% proletarian ideological film.’  [ADD]

     
     
     
     
   

Other Key Films of 1929

     
    Greece
     
   

The Storm  [ADD]

     
     
     
    Holland
     
    Regen (1929)
     
   

Regen (Joris Ivens) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Italy
     
   

Giuditta e Oloferne (Baldassare Negroni) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Japan
     
   

Daigaku wa deta keredo (Yasujiro Ozu) [ADD]

     
   

Jujiro (Teinosuke Kinugasa) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Norway
     
   

Laila (George Schneevoigt) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Poland
     
   

Nad ranem (Aleksander Ford) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Serbia
     
   

Anything for a Smile [ADD]

     
   

Miner’s Happiness [ADD]

     
   

The Sinless Sinner (Kosta Novakovic) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Slovakia
     
   

Po horach, po dolach (In the Mountains and Valleys) (Karol Plicka) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Sweden
     
   

Den Starkaste (Alf Sjoberg, Axel Lindblom) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Taiwan
     
   

Xie he (Bloodstain) (Zhang Yunhe) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Ukraine
     
   

Arsenal (Aleksandr Dovzhenko) [ADD]

     
     
     
    USSR
     
   

Chiny I lyudi (Ranks and People) (Yakov Protazanov) [ADD]

     
   

Goluboy ekspress (The Blue Express) (Ilya Trauberg) [ADD]

     
   

Oblomok imperii (Fragment of an Empire) (Friedrich Ermler) [ADD]

     
   

Turksib (Victor Turin) [ADD]

     
   

Zhivoy trup (The Living Corpse) (Fyodor Otsep) [ADD]

     
     
     
   

The History of Cinema: 1929

     
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    France
     
    Gt. Britain
     
    USA: January - April
     
    USA: May - August
     
    USA: September - December
     
     
     
     

 

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