There has always been a lot of buzz generated by movie buffs about the early days of film. Ever since 1895 when the first film was screened in France, people from all over the world have had a love affair with motion pictures. Thomas Edison even got into making short films for a brief time. He soon retired, claiming that motion picture films were simply a passing fad. He could not have been more wrong about the subject. Movies are still as popular today as they ever were in the early days.
The year 1920 brought some very interesting films to audiences from all over. D.W. Griffith had already seen much success with two very poignant movies. The Birth of a Nation brought much controversy from African Americans and other minority groups who claimed that the film had a racist agenda. Citizen Kane had not yet been made, but films such as Sherlock Jr. were enjoying quite a bit of fame.
Silent films were still very well-loved in the early days, and the use of sound in motion pictures was nothing more than an afterthought. Still, famous directors such as D.W. Griffith paved the way for modern cinema as it is today. Many current writers and directors still think back to a simpler time when films were short, silent and sweet.