Warner Bros. Pictures is one of the longest-running major movie studios on the market. Founded in 1918 under the name of Warner Bros. West Coast Studios, 5 years later the Warner brothers finally decided to shorten it to the classic name that was to accompany from then on to present day. We owe the first great investment in sound to Warner Bros. with the acquisition of a sound device known as the Vitaphone. In fact, with the film Don Juan and Lucrezia Borgia (1926), the film studio started the transition from silent movies to talkies, a great step forward, recognized as such in the history of cinema. In those years, they produced a variety of works from gangster movies to musicals, as well as stories that dealt with important social themes. To name but a few, Warner Bros. Made films of such calibre as Casablanca by Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, A Star is Born by George Cukor featuring the Judy Garland, Gangster Story by Arthur Penn with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and John Ford’s western, The Searchers.
The following years are also remembered for the company’s collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, which began with Clockwork Orange, released in 1971. Science fiction and fantasy then became great pillars for Warner Bros. which, over the years was to produce sensational films such as Mad Max Fury Road, Inception and Gravity. The studio is also famous for several enormously successful movie sagas, from Matrix to Harry Potter and The Hobbit (after acquiring New Line Cinema, which produced The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as well as feature-length films based on characters from DC Comics including the production of epic movies like The Dark Knight, and the creation of cinematographic episodes that belong to a common imaginary universe.