This is an entertaining and complete history of France's Gaumont Studios (whose logo is a daisy) that begins in 1895 and continues through many changes up to the present day. In 1895 Leon Gaumont started a photography equipment shop that almost immediately expanded into silent films. That era is covered by many clips, and with the transition to sound, talking newsreels are added to give a broader perspective of the times and the Studio's work. The range of silent films varied from the theme of American Westerns to crime serials by Louis Feuillade and comedies that presage Mack Sennett's style. After talkies and the depression took over, the company slid downhill in the 1930s but regained its footing in World War II. Post-war production includes the comedies and thrillers that were popular in the 1950s-'60s. Audiences should enjoy this look at movie-making, especially the 140 clips that illustrate how life and times and the movies have changed.
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