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How have movies evolved over time?

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Originally, movies were extremely different from what they are now. The very first movies were between 30-60 seconds long and could only be view by one person at a time. Rather than being projected onto a screen, these movies were viewed through a device called a kinetoscope. This device had an eyepiece that the viewer would look through to watch the film. As technology advanced, kinetoscopes were replaced by movie projectors. These machines allowed many people to watch the same movie at once, making films much more practical and popular. Of course, these films were still short in length, as well as being silent and colorless. This changed in the early 1920’s, when sound was integrated into much longer films. While still black and white, these feature films became very popular and established the power of the film industry.