By 1919, the motion-picture industry was quickly expanding and filmmakers like Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were internationally-known celebrities, proving that motion-pictures were not just a cheap fad, but an enduring art form with endless storytelling potential. Despite their unparalleled success, these four artists felt creatively stifled and cheated out of profits, leading them to unite on this day a century ago to form their own production company, aptly titled United Artists. 100 years later, U.A. has created a legacy of prestige filmmaking that is unmatched in Hollywood, proving that art thrives when artists team together.
“The deeper the truth in a creative work, the longer it will live.” —