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Old 11-14-05, 06:04 AM
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Films in WWII

Using imdb's handy search wizard i thought there would be some effect WWII had on amount of films being made as the whole world was throwing its resources into winning the war and the results were interesting.
Year... Amount of films made
1935 2113
1936 2431
1937 2379<-rolls downhill from here
1938 2158
1939 1978
1940 1893
1941 1871
1942 1944<-sharp increase
1943 1754
1944 1632
1945 1554<-supa resource drain
1946 1655<-picks up again
Old 11-14-05, 11:03 PM
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Hmm. It's interesting, but I think there's a lot of other factor to be counted in. Unless China was a big movie maker at that time, I don't see why the entire world's film production going down in 1937.
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Movies from the late 30s are better than early 30s. Not that I'm saying that all movie from the early 30s are bad - there are some great movies from that era, but on average, movies from late 30s to early 40s are better, and there are a lot of great movies from the late 30s.

Now, from my argument above, better quality means filmmaker puts more of their time to make their movie - either in the pre-production, production, post, or even all of them. More time spent on each movie = less movie production in total.

Also remember that Warner is still restructuring its movie during that period. Early Warner films are mostly criminal & gangster movies with a lot of violence, and they are trying to change that image with a number of "quality" film, so they said.

Furthermore, in the late 1930s Hollywood is still in its golden era. The war did make film production more challenging for Hollywood filmmaker, but not until Pearl Harbor late in 1941. I've heard that everything is in shortage during the war - with a lot of set being re-used for another movies and so forth, but that's only movies released after the US officially enter the war.

Anyway, that's just my 2 cents. Some of them are quite a long shot but it's quite plausible, if only a little. I would welcome anyone who have proof to back me, or the OP's theory.

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