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REEL TO REAL THE HISTORY OF PHILIPPINE FILMS Introduction The youngest of the Philippine arts film has evolved to become the most popular of all the art forms Introduced only in 1897 films have ranged from silent movies to talkies black and white to color Outpacing its predecessors by gaining public acceptance from one end of the country to the other its viewers come from all walks of life Nationwide there are more than 1000 movie theaters Early in the 1980s it was estimated in Metro Manila alone there were around 25 million moviegoers As an art form it reflects the culture and the beliefs of the people it caters to and most times is the one who shapes their consciousness Philippine film as discussed in this paper includes films made by Filipino people exhibited in this country and possibly in other countries from the 1930s to the 1990s The films may be silent pictures or talkies black and white or color They also include films such as documentaries animation experimental or alternative films and other types of films This paper has three purposes or objectives It intends first of all to provide a comprehensible background of the art of film in the Philippines It provides insights on how the Philippine film has influenced Philippine culture and vice-versa This is done by documenting the important events and important films in the area of film for the past ninety years Second it intends to explain the different trends and styles common in the Philippine film And finally it concludes with an analysis on how two important events in history namely World War II and Martial Law altered the course of contemporary Philippine film However this paper is limited to films only from the particular time period of the 1930s to the 1990s It fails to give a picture of how films were like ever since it started in 1897 This paper is also severely limited
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