Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1

Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1

     
 

Many film historians give short shrift to the earliest works of the silent cinema, with the general consensus being that film was more a craft than an art form before D.W. Griffith established and refined the essential grammar of screen storytelling. But while they're rarely discussed in more than passing detail, the works of such turn-of-the-century cinema pioneers… See more details below

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Many film historians give short shrift to the earliest works of the silent cinema, with the general consensus being that film was more a craft than an art form before D.W. Griffith established and refined the essential grammar of screen storytelling. But while they're rarely discussed in more than passing detail, the works of such turn-of-the-century cinema pioneers as Edwin S. Porter, The Lumiere Brothers, and Georges Méliès make for fascinating viewing today, both as documents of the earliest steps in the progress of film as a narrative medium (rather than just a tool for recording movement) and as a sociological record of an era gone by. Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1 preserved 40 early silent films on one home video release; highlights include the legendary The Great Train Robbery and A Trip to the Moon, Thomas Edison's early pioneering films, the initial works of Lumeries, and primitive newsreels of President William McKinley at home, and the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
It's not always easy to remember in this fertile epoch of multimedia evolution that once upon a time, silent film was the world's most exciting new medium. This excellent survey of the cinema in its infancy, which begins in the 1870s with an homage to experimental photographer Eadweard Muybridge -- the man who gave the world moving pictures -- and concludes with a typically inspired bit of Keystone Kops slapstick from 1913, captures the genesis of an artistic revolution. Landmarks of Early Films includes all of the standard titles as well as a few lesser-known efforts, making this collection both a useful reference work as well as an entertaining glimpse into the past. Whole sections are devoted to Edison Kinetoscopes, the Lumières, and "actualities," in addition to pioneering story films like The Great Train Robbery, A Girl And Her Trust, and A Trip To The Moon. There is even a collection of the glass slides that advised audience members on proper moviegoing etiquette. The old prints, some of them nearly a century old, are gorgeous, particularly the dreamlike hand-tinted images of The Golden Beetle, while the accompanying music has been smartly tailored to the styles of the individual films. Each of these little bits of celluloid contains something wholly original, something that had never been seen before, and the excitement of discovery can be felt in every frame.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/1997
UPC:
0014381410327
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:57:00

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Program Start; Series Photography 1877-1885 Homage to Eadweard Muybridge [2:15]
2. EDISON KINETOSCOPE FILMS 1894-1896 The Kiss [:26]
3. Serpentine Dances [:36]
4. Sandow (The Strong Man) [:23]
5. Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) [:30]
6. Cockfight [:45]
7. The Barber Shop [:44]
8. Feeding the Doves [:26]
9. Seminary girls [:34]
10. LUMIERE FILMS 1895-1897 Exiting the Factory [:52]
11. Arrival of a Train at La ciotat [:49]
12. Baby's Lunch [:44]
13. The Sprinkler Sprinkled [:44]
14. Dragoons Crossing the Sâone [:46]
15. Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens [:49]
16. Childish Quarrel [:50]
17. Lion, London Zoologicall Garden [:41]
18. Demolition of a Wall [:35]
19. Transformation By Hats, Comic View [:48]
20. Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke [:35]
21. Poultry-Yard [:51]
22. Snowball Fight [:52]
23. Card Party [:51]
24. New York: Broadwa at Union Square [:40]
25. A Trip To The Moon (1902) [11:47]
26. ACTUALITIES 1897-1910 President McKinley at Home (1897) [:41]
27. Pack Train on Chilkoot Pass (1898) [1:12]
28. Sky Scrapers of New York City from North River (1903) [2:54]
29. San Francisco: Aftermath of an Earthquake (1906) [1:22]
30. The Dog and His Various Merits [2:09]
31. Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (Piloted by M. Cody) (1910) [4:32]
32. The Great Rain Robbery (1903) [10:30]
33. The Whole Dam Family And The Dam Dog (1905) [1:31]
34. The Golden Beetle (1907) [2:58]
35. The Policemen's Little Run (1907) [5:38]
36. Troubles Of A Grasswidower (1908) [9:58]
37. Nero, Or The Fall Of Rome. (1909) [12:38]
38. WINSOR McCAY AND HIS MOVING COMICS (1911) [6:53]
39. The Girl And Her Trust (1912) [15:10]
40. Bangville Police (1913) [8:37]

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