‘How the Movies Learnt to Talk’. The development of sound in the cinema from the late 19th century to the early 1930s. This fully illustrated presentation will include clips from key films relevant to the evolution of the ‘talkies’. We will be joined by Michael Faraday, Thomas Alva Edison, Al Jolson, the Warner Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock and the inventors who made the ‘talking picture’ a reality. An informative and entertaining journey through the pioneering years of the development of the sound film and the effect it had on the film industry.
James Beyer is a retired teacher. He is conductor and founder of The Edinburgh Light Orchestra which recently celebrated its 40 th anniversary. Over the years, other musical connections have included – among others – the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh Quartet and musical director/conductor of the Edinburgh Opera Company and Penicuik Amateur Operatic Society. James occasionally writes articles for magazines; and has been a reviewer for The Edinburgh Guide.com during the Edinburgh Festival. His interest in the cinema and film collecting began at an early age. Primarily interested in the technical development of the cinema, television and broadcasting in general, James has amassed a collection of screen ‘classics’ in 16mm and other film formats which he proudly shows in his home cinema!