Edison: The Invention of the Movies

Edison: The Invention of the Movies

Director: Alan Crosland, J. Searle Dawley, J. Stuart Blackton
Cast: Edwin S. Porter

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
UPC: 0738329038328
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Sales rank: 47,437

Special Features

Two hours of video interviews with archivists and cinema scholars, discussing specific films, the Edison Studios and efforts to preserve the Edison legacy: Steven Higgins, curator, department of film, the Museum of Modern Art; Charles Musser, professor of film and American studies, Yale University; Eilenn Bowser, curator emerita, the Museum of Modern Art; Paul Israel, director and editor of the Edison Papers, Rutgers University; Richard Koszarski, associate professor of English, Rutgers University; Patrick Loughney, head, Moving Image Section, the Library of Congress; Michele Wallace, professor of English, the City College; Photo archives of more than 200 documents from MOMA's Edison Collection; Detailed film notes by Charles Musser, the world's leading authority on the Edison studio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Alva Edison Primary Artist,Instructor
Arthur White Fire Chief
D.W. Griffith Extra at Ball,Father
Edward Boulden Shoe Clerk
Gilbert M. Anderson Bandit
John Ott Blacksmith
Marc MacDermott Actor
Charles Kayser Blacksmith
George Barnes Bandit
Mary Fuller Actor
A.C. Abadie Sheriff
Walter Cameron Sheriff
Tom London Actor

Technical Credits
Alan Crosland Director
Edwin S. Porter Director
J. Searle Dawley Director
J. Stuart Blackton Director
James White Director
W.K.L. Dickson Director
Wallace McCutcheon Director
William Heise Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Edison: The Invention of the Movies, Disc 1 - 1889-1903
1. Origins of the Edison Company cs. 1889 [:09]
2. [Monkeyshines, No. 1] [7:13]
3. [Monkeyshines, No. 2] [:36]
4. [Dickson Greeting] [:36]
5. [Newark Athlete (With Indian Clubs)] [:16]
6. [Men Boxing] [:14]
7. The Kinetograph [:21]
8. Blacksmithing Scene [1:09]
9. The Barber Shop [:43]
10. Paper Prints [:37]
11. Introduction to Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, January 7, 1894 [7:40]
12. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, January 7, 1894 [:37]
13. Documenting Vaudville [:12]
14. [Athlete With Wand] [2:11]
15. The Art of Self-Promotion [:32]
16. Sandow [1:29]
17. Carmencita [:37]
18. Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) [:40]
19. Caicedo With Pole [:30]
20. Annabelle Butterfly Dance [:39]
21. Cockfight, No. 2 [:34]
22. Early Boxig Films [:33]
23. Corbet and Courtney Before the Kinetograph [4:24]
24. Introduction to Buffalo Bill Films [:54]
25. Sioux Ghost Dance [1:59]
26. Buffalo Dance [:33]
27. Hadj Cheriff [:32]
28. Glenroy Bors., [No. 2] [:31]
29. Louis Martinetti [:50]
30. Bucking Broncho [:31]
31. Annie Oakley [:33]
32. Imperial Japanese Dance [:33]
33. Robetta and Doretto, [No. 2] [:37]
34. Band Drill [:32]
35. Fire Rescue Scene [:30]
36. Billy Edwards and the Unknown [:32]
37. Introduction to Dickson Experimental Sound Film [:31]
38. Princess Ali [3:36]
39. Introduction to Annabelle Serpentine Dance [1:21]
40. Annabelle Serpentine Dance [:27]
41. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots [:54]
42. Amy Muller [:30]
43. Introduction to the John C. Rice-May Irwin Kiss [:27]
44. The John C. Rice-May Irwin Kiss [:29]
45. Going on Location [3:05]
46. Shooting the Chutes [:34]
47. Fatima, Muscle Dancer [2:23]
48. Mess Call [:38]
49. Introduction to Inventor Edison Sketched by World Artist [1:20]
50. Inventor Edison Sketched by World Artist [:50]
51. Watermelon Eating Contest [1:29]
52. The Lone Fisherman [1:41]
53. Interrupted Lovers [:34]
54. Feeding the Doves [:58]
55. A Morning Bath [:31]
56. The Burning Stable [:31]
57. Mounted Police Charge [:37]
58. Going to the Fire [:26]
59. A Morning Alarm [:34]
60. Introduction to Black Diamond Express, No. 1 [:34]
61. Black Diamond Express, No. 1 [:34]
62. American Falls From Above, American Side [3:25]
63. The First Sleigh Ride [:36]
64. The Morning Alarm [:32]
65. Fifth Avenue, New York [:33]
66. Introduction to Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory [1:21]
67. Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory [:46]
68. Return of Lifeboat [1:15]
69. Troop Ships for the Philippines [:36]
70. U.S. Troops Landing at Daiquiri, Cuba [:39]
71. Shooting Captured Insurgents [:48]
72. The Burglar on the Roof [:43]
73. Fireman Rescuing Men and Women [:40]
74. A Wringing Good Joke [:36]
75. [Gold Rush Scenes in the Klondike] [1:18]
76. Searching Ruins on Broadway for Dead Bodies, Galveston [:37]
77. The Kiss [1:02]
78. Capture of Boer Battery by British [:59]
79. New Black Diamond Express [:52]
80. Watermelon Contest [1:14]
81. A Storm at Sea [:43]
82. The New York Studio [2:19]
83. Old Maid Having Her Picture Taken [1:21]
84. Another Job for the Undertaker [1:24]
85. [High Diving Scene] [1:20]
86. Photographing a Country Couple [1:28]
87. What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City [:47]
88. Pan-American Exposition by Night [1:13]
89. Trapeze Disrobing Act [1:38]
90. The Burning of Durland's Riding Academy [1:03]
91. Burlesque Suicide, No. 2 [2:02]
92. Introduction to Jack and the Beanstalk [3:34]
93. Jack and the Beanstalk [1:10]
94. Interrupted Bathers [2:35]
95. Electrocuting an Elephant [10:24]
1. Introduction to Life of an American Fireman [:09]
2. Life of an American Fireman [:36]
3. Egyptian Fakir With Dancing Monkey [:36]
4. Introduction to Scrap in Black and White [:16]
5. Scrap in Black and White [:14]
6. Introduction to Uncle Tom's Cabin [:21]
7. Uncle Tom's CAbin [:43]
8. The Gay Shoe Clerk [:37]
9. Turning the Tables [:12]
10. What Happened in the Tunnel [:32]
11. Introduction to the Great Train Robbery [:37]
12. The Great Train Robbery [:40]
13. Rector's to Claremont [:30]
Side #2 -- Edison: The Invention of the Movies, Disc 2 - 1904-1907
1. The Edison Studio Moves to the Bronx [:09]
2. European Rest Cure [1:23]
3. How a French Nobleman got a Wife Through the New York Herald Personal Columns [:08]
4. Nervy Nat Kisses the Bride [13:19]
5. Scarecrow Pump [:08]
6. The Strenuous Life; or, Anti-Race Suicide [7:41]
7. Introduction to the Ex-Convict [:08]
8. The Ex-Convict [2:05]
9. Introduction to the Kleptomaniac [:08]
10. The Kleptomaniac [1:24]
11. The Seven Ages [:08]
12. Introduction to the Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog [5:13]
13. The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog [1:36]
14. Coney Island at Night [:08]
15. Introduction to the Little Train Robbery [9:40]
16. The Little Train Robbery [2:33]
17. Introduction to the White Caps [:08]
18. The White Caps [10:53]
19. Introduction to the Watermelon Patch [:08]
20. The Watermelon Patch [5:46]
21. The Miller's Daughter [:28]
22. The Train Wreckers [:08]
23. Introduction to Life of an American Policeman [5:37]
24. Life of an American Policeman [:08]
25. Police Chasing Scorching Auto [4:05]
26. Introduction to the Dream of a Rarebit Fiend [1:46]
27. The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend [:08]
3. Introduction to Three American Beauties [13:19]
4. Three American Beauties [:08]
5. Films of the San Francisco Earthquake [7:41]
6. The Terrible Kids [:08]
7. Kathleen Mavourneen [2:05]
8. Getting Evidence [:08]
9. Introduction to the "Teddy" Bears [1:24]
10. The "Teddy" Bears [:08]
Side #3 -- Edison: The Invention of the Movies, Disc 3 - 1907-1913
1. Introduction to Cohen's Fire Sale [:09]
2. Cohen's Fire Sale [1:52]
3. Introduction to the Rivals [:08]
4. The Rivals [13:18]
5. College Chums [:08]
6. The Trainer's Daughter [12:35]
7. Introduction to Laughing Gas [:08]
8. Laughing Gas [11:26]
9. A Little Girl Who Did Not Believe in Santa Claus [:08]
10. A Suburbanite's Ingenious Alarm [13:06]
11. Introduction to Rescued From an Eagle's Nest [1:39]
12. Rescued From an Eagle's Nest [:08]
13. Fireside Reminiscences [8:54]
14. Introduction to Cupid's Pranks [:08]
15. Cupid's Pranks [13:58]
16. Tale the Autumn Leaves Told (Fragment) [:08]
17. The Decline of Edwin S. Porter [7:05]
18. The House of Cards [1:45]
19. New York of Today [:08]
20. Introduction to the FIlms of the 1910s [7:15]
21. How Bumptious Papered the Parlor [:08]
3. Thirty Days at Hard Labor [13:18]
4. The Passer-By [:08]
5. The Totville Eye [12:35]
6. The Public and Private Care of Infants [:08]
7. An Unsullied Shield [11:26]
8. Meeting of the Motion Picture Patents Company [:08]
Side #4 -- Edison: The Invention of the Movies, Disc 4 - 1913-1918
1. At Bear Track Gulch [:09]
2. The Ambassador's Daughter [:08]
3. A Serenade by Proxy [14:36]
4. All on Account of a Transfer [:08]
5. One Touch of Nature [14:47]
6. The Adventure of the Hasty Elopement [:08]
7. The Wonders of Magnetism [14:36]
8. Black Eyes [:08]
9. The Lone Game [11:11]
10. Introduction to the Unbeliever [:08]
11. The Unbeliever [16:26]
12. The Decline of the Edison Studios [:08]

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Edison: The Invention of the Movies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
nightpoet1 More than 1 year ago
Where would Hollywood be without Mr. Edison? This DVD set offers a unique insight into the development of Edison's pioneering efforts in film making shortly before and around the turn of the last century. Edison's early works, beautifully restored and provided with detailed documentation and both interesting and scholarly commentary, take the viewer on a journey back to a time when film making first became an art and an industry. A valuable addition to any film collector's library and an important documentary that provides both the casual viewer and the serious student with hours of historically important insights, not just into the fledgling film industry, but also gives a unique perspective into the social fabric of the times. Well worth the price of admission. Two thumbs up!