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Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes

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The chemistry of film required a series of breakthroughs involving basic materials, different chemical solutions, and exposure to light. In 1855, Alexander Parkes developed Parkesine - the first thermoplastic - a celluloid, a fundamental component of photographic films.


In 1927, The Jazz Singer became the first feature-length movie to synchronize singing and dialogue. By the late 1930s, processes of the firm Technicolor had been refined and the first color features were a big draw.


The showbill of the first feature-length movie, The Jazz Singer, with synchronized singing and dialogueThe showbill of the first feature-length movie, The Jazz Singer, with synchronized singing and dialogue

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Kinemacolor was the first successful color motion picture process, used commercially from 1908 to 1914. It was invented by George Albert Smith of Brighton, England in 1906. His process It was a two-color additive color process, photographing and projecting a black-and-white film behind alternating red and cyan filters.