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Gone With The Wind (1939)- popular film of all time!

Gone With The Wind (1939) is often considered the most beloved, enduring and popular film of all time. Sidney Howard’s script was derived from Margaret Mitchell’s first and only published, best-selling Civil War and Reconstruction Period novel of 1,037 pages that first appeared in 1936, but was mostly written in the late 1920s. Producer David…

Ben-Hur – The first film to win eleven Oscars!

Ben-Hur (1959) is MGM’s three and a half hour, wide-screen epic Technicolor blockbuster – a Biblical tale, subtitled A Tale of the Christ. Director William Wyler’s film was a remake of the spectacular silent film of the same name (director Fred Niblo’s and MGM’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)). Wyler had been an…

The Very First Academy Awards Ceremony

The original AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) consisted of 230 members, who each paid a $100 fee to join. The first awards ceremony/banquet was held in Hollywood (at the Roosevelt Hotel) on May 16, 1929 with tickets costing $10, to honor films made for the 1927-1928 time period. There was no suspense…

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