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  Film History Before 1920
Films were increasingly being shown as part of vaudeville shows, variety shows, and at fairgrounds or carnivals.
The six-minute narrative film combined re-enacted scenes and documentary footage, and was dramatically edited with inter-cutting between the exterior and interior of a burning house.
The film also included exterior scenes, chases on horseback, actors that moved toward (and away from) the camera, a camera pan with the escaping bandits, and a camera mounted on a moving train.
www.filmsite.org /pre20sintro.html   (3731 words)

 Nerone (1909)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
This film may only appeal to fans of early silent cinema, but I thought it was interesting.
But these characteristics were typical of most other films of the period, and Nerone has a visual richness that is unusual for the time.
By today's standards the film may seem tame, but audiences of the period were thrilled by Italian spectacles like these, especially the later ones which were much longer and much more spectacular.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0188941   (289 words)

 screenonline: 1909 Cinematograph Act
The 1909 Cinematograph Act brought cinemas under local authority control and required them to be licensed.
The Act was designed to regulate public screenings of films and to ensure that cinemas were in a suitable physical state to screen films safely.
To make matters more complicated, because the Act did not mention the content of films, local authorities took it upon themselves to establish individual guidelines - with the result that material permissible in one region might well be censored in another.
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/593589/index.html   (256 words)

 scottlord- Swedish Film and the Svenska Filminstitutet
To present, the films of Sweden continue to contribute to the making of film being a creating of a form for the presentation of the content belonging to new and arising literatures, literature in front of the camera that is transcribed into screen literature.
films that are well known the audiences in the United States from arthouses or their first run but also films of exceptional quality that were only introduced to viewers in the United States during the advent of Cable Television.
Charles Magnusson, filmed in 1908, which can be included as part of his short participation in what could have been a cinema of attraction before his having established the tradition of narrative and the tradition of an inscription of place through the use of exterior locations in Swedish cinema.
www.geocities.com /lord02141/scottlord.html   (3552 words)

 The Feature Film | History of the American Cinema
When the "feature film" was first marketed, it meant a special film, a film with something that could be featured in advertising as something out of the ordinary run.
In 1909 a feature film was 1,000 feet long or a little less, running from fifteen to twenty minutes at its slowest speed.
The move to the long feature film, then, could be construed as another way for producers to have more control, a stronger voice in the consumption of their product.
www.bookrags.com /research/the-feature-film   (392 words)

 The Silent Westerns
However, to suggest that there are no films which attempt to treat the subject in a serious manner ignores some of the evidence, particularly during the silent film era.
Interestingly, most of these early films were not violent tales of battle with white soldiers or massacres of pioneer families, but rather stories of life within the Indian community, albeit as white directors imagined that life.
In his 1909 film The Indian Runner's Romance a brave must rescue his tortured girlfriend from the outlaws who are holding her to obtain the secret of some valuable mines.
xroads.virginia.edu /~HYPER/HNS/Westfilm/indian.htm   (1063 words)

 In Depth: The Wrights on Film
These films serve today as they did then—as proof that the Wrights truly achieved all they had claimed.
Orville's flights at Fort Myer in 1908 and 1909 were the Wrights' debut in America.
The flights of 1909 were filmed, and are shown here in two separate clips.
www.centennialofflight.gov /wbh/wr_experience/film/html/oandw.htm   (104 words)

 Kinemacolor - President William Howard Taft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The film was probably shot on Monday, October 14th, 1912 on board the ship "Mayflower", according to Moving Picture World, Oct. 19, 1912, page 231.
Note that there is a special rounded sprocket hole that is used to correctly load the film into the projector that displays the color records in alternating sequence.
Fringing in the lower left portion is due to slight curling of the film during the scanning process.
www.widescreenmuseum.com /special/kinemacolor-taft.htm   (281 words)

 Arthurian Film
Donner's film, which was shelved by the studio for several years before being dumped for television release, is one of the silliest films ever made about the Arthurian legend.
The charges leveled against the film are generally that the lead roles were miscast, that the direction was ponderous, and that, at nearly three hours, the film was too long.
Clearly, Zucker intends his film to be an Arthuriad for the 1990s, but the film fails to capture the spirit of the original legend or to make a case for its contemporary translation of the oft-told story of the Arthur-Lancelot-Guinevere love triangle.
www.lib.rochester.edu /camelot/acpbibs/harty.htm   (11005 words)

 Movie Timeline: 1900 - 1909
Although these story films are more expensive to make than "actualities" (scenes of daily life) and records of news events, they can now be protected by copyright law and they begin to be produced in great numbers.
Their films, which cover a wide range of subjects and genres, prove to be so popular in the U.S. that the Edison Company buys prints and distributes duplicates.
Their films, which are mostly comedies, are noted for their elaborate intertitles that include cartoons as well as text.
www.pictureshowman.com /timeline_1900_1909.cfm   (2980 words)

 Film Journals, Film Ezines, Film Reviews
Films 101 organizes the best films picked by critics and filmmakers in a ranked database of over 6,900 films, dating from 1893 to present.
Film and the philosophy of film from Cinetext.
This includes geographic fringes (such as central and eastern Europe), genre fringes and film explorations of the social and political implications of integrating Europe's marginalised regions.
www.zeroland.co.nz /film_ezines.html   (433 words)

 Abel Gance / Director / films / biography
The renowned French film director Abel Gance was born outside of wedlock in 1889.
The success of this film was undermined by its length (6 hours) and the need for specialist film projection equipment to show the film, particularly the final segment of the film where the screen triples in size to show a staggering panorama of a battlefield.
Although he continued to make films for many decades, he never achieved the celebrity and acclaim he enjoyed in the silent era of the 1920s.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_agance.html   (354 words)

 Film History Before 1920
In the early years of cinema, film producers were worried that the American public could not last through a film that was an hour long, thereby delaying the advent of feature films (60-90 minutes in length) in the US.
As film production increased, cinema owner William Fox was one of the first (in 1904) to form a distribution company (a regional rental exchange), that bought shorts and then rented them to exhibitors at lower rates.
Their main goal, to stifle up-and-coming independent film makers, was accomplished by raising admission prices, limiting censorship by cooperating with regulatory bodies, and preventing film stock from getting into the hands of non-members.
www.filmsite.org /pre20sintro2.html   (3331 words)

 MCCC Betzwood Silent Film Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The historic films will be presented as they would have been seen originally—on a large screen with live organ accompaniment.
Both films end with weddings, and both weddings are interrupted by major surprises—but that’s where the similarities end.
A world of difference can be seen between the short film made in 1909 and the feature film made in 1921.
www.mc3.edu /cr/mc3news/2006/apr/betz.htm   (437 words)

 Film of the Year: 1909 (part 1): On The Beaten Pathé
While researching this week's Film of the Year, A Corner in Wheat (1909), I came across an article in the January 3, 1909 issue of the New York Times about the “nation-wide wave of moving pictures.” The piece describes the state of the American film industry at that time through technical and economic stats.
The success of Georges Méliés’ trick films in the vaudeville circuit and the vast popularity of other films like The Great Train Robbery (1903) encouraged American entrepreneurs to construct buildings for the sole purpose of showing movies all day long.
Technically and artistically, American film companies were lagging behind partly because many were focused on fighting each other in court over patents and licensing instead of making movies.
filmyear.typepad.com /blog/2006/09/1909_part_1_on_.html   (616 words)

 Henry B. Walthall: Film Review--The Silents 1909-1913
If the film ended here, I would give it an 'A' as it is very powerful and well-done.
Henry's performance is excellent in this 15-minute short--from his devious eyes when locking the burglar in the room to the nervous rubbing of his knee while the authorities inspected his motionless brother.
The wife is given the phone and pleads with her husband not to kill himself while his co-worker makes a mad dash to save his friend from his suicidal tendencies.
www.henrybwalthall.com /Silents1909-1913.html   (2432 words)

 British Film Institute Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
"The Sailor's Sacrifice" (1909) is a 13-minute romantic drama about a sailor, his family and dog; the family members attempt to make a living after they discover his ship has been wrecked; eventually the sailor is found and reunited with them.
Biographical/Historical: The British Film Institute, with its National Film Archive, is located in London.
Vitagraph Company of America was founded circa 1898 in New York City; an innovator in the early film industry, it lost prominence in the 1920s and was sold to Warner Brothers in 1925.
www.oldfilm.org /ocg/publicMainView.cfm?id=498   (240 words)

 Voyage sur Jupiter / 1909 / film review / Segundo de Chomon
This is a stunningly surreal short film from the hugely imaginative Spanish filmmaker and cinematographer Segundo de Chomón.
The film takes a child’s storybook view of astronomy: the moon is a cheekily grimacing face, an explorer needs only a ladder to reach the stars and the planets are each represented by human characters.
Whilst some viewers may cringe at the film’s lack of sophistication, it is undoubtedly a work of great artistic merit and no small technical achievement for the time it was made in.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Voyage_sur_Jupiter.html   (164 words)

 Latino International Film Institute
A documentary film about Chagas, a disease that affects nearly 20 million people worldwide, kills nearly 50,000 per year, but is practically unknown to the general public.
Sometimes called the "AIDS of the poor", since its discovery in 1909 Chagas has been predicted to go away as living conditions for the poor improve in Latin America.
However, this disease continues to spread worldwide, and is aided by public ignorance and government indifference.
www.latinofilm.org /documentaries/chagas_un_mal_escondido.php   (273 words)

 Moving Pictures That Talk - Part 4
This conviction would eventually prove true; however, the technology, as yet, was too immature to win over theintuitive demands placed upon it by audiences indoctrinated into the realism of their own eyes and ears.
This is significant because it proves that the sequences were filmed first and the recording artists 'dubbed' their voices to the images on the screen.
Later, when the film was shown to an audience, an identical gramophone, also with an indicator, was placed on the stage.
www.filmsound.org /ulano/talkies4.htm   (1526 words)

 Film as a Weapon
It also makes it plain why film's relatively great costs "pay off": film stock, equipment, studios, the large technical and artistic staffs, etc., all cost a lot of money, but the result, the finished film, may bring in tens of thousands whose admission fees not only cover the costs, but result in a good profit.
It is foolish and short-sighted for bourgeois aesthetes to shake their heads and say that film cannot be art, that it is a danger to the theater.
There is no doubt that a systematic increase in the number of film theaters is not only economically important, it is also necessary to increase the impact of film.
www.calvin.edu /academic/cas/gpa/hippler1.htm   (683 words)

 godfather II
• The film, according to Coppola, was not meant to be a sequel in the traditional Hollywood sense; it was written as if it were part two of a novel.
This influenced all parts of production–even the same camera and lenses for the first film were used in the second, even though by 1974 they were less advanced technologically.
This scene supposedly was written by Francis Ford Coppola in honor of his father, Carmine Coppola, who provided much of the music for the first two films.
www.wga.org /subpage_newsevents.aspx?id=1909   (306 words)

 Lost Films
These films left a lasting impression on me that caused me to seek out other silent films and research the lives of silent film era stars, particularly the ones that were little known; obscure or long since forgotten.
It is the generally accepted belief of persons not associated with silent film that all silent films are slow paced; overly acted and badly acted melodramas from an ancient, long forgotten time.
Upon viewing a good silent film such as these examples, they have found them to be quite intriguing and entertaining which makes them seek out other silent films thus destroying the common stereotype about silent film.
www.silentsaregolden.com /articles/lostfilmsarticle.html   (2184 words)

 1997 Quilt: Women in Film - Wisconsin Women Library Workers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Mary Pickford was a child stage actress until she made her first film for Biograph, then a fledgling film company, in 1909.
Known primarily for her campy film appearances in 30's and 40's in which she played bawdy women notorious for one-liner comebacks, West also wrote plays and screenplays.
In this film a ballet dancer, played by Maureen O'Hara, confronts her male audience to tell them that she is not merely the object of their gaze.
danenet.wicip.org /wwlw/qfilm.htm   (1308 words)

 Joyce - Film
In 1909, with the aid of some professionals from Trieste, he opened the Volta, the first cinema in Dublin.
Later on in life he discussed the filming of Ulysses with the great Sergei Eisenstein, and even contended that certain episodes of Finnegans Wake could be adapted to the screen.
But what may seem like an impossibility to one director may seem like an intriguing challenge to the next, and so a few intrepid directors have indeed produced films based on Joyce's work, and the results vary from resounding successes to frustrating failures.
www.themodernword.com /joyce/joyce_film.html   (532 words)

 Internet Obituary Network, Obituary for
Born on December 9th 1909 to film legend Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
Debuting in the 1923 silent film "Stephen Steps Out" against his famous father's wishes, Douglas Jr.'s first film was not the runaway career maker his mother had hoped for.
Fairbanks retired from film with his performance in "Ghost Story", but never retired from his fans or the public duties of a Hollywood legend.
obits.com /fairbanks.htm   (627 words)

 In Depth: The Wrights on Film - Italy, 1909   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
In Depth: The Wrights on Film - Italy, 1909
This film presents a unique opportunity to compare what was seen from the ground as a Wright plane took off, and what was seen from the plane.
The film shows the plane being rolled backwards, presumably into position for takeoff.
www.centennialofflight.gov /wbh/wr_experience/film/html/9522649LgMv.htm   (159 words)

 Amazon.com: Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909-1949: Books: Anna Everett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
It is an indispensable reference book for film theorists as well as a lively history of writing about film.
In Returning the Gaze Anna Everett revises American film history by recuperating the extensive and all-but-forgotten participation of fl film critics during the early twentieth century.
The book also reveals a feast of film commentaries that were produced during the “roaring twenties” and the jazz age by such writers as W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as additional pieces that were written throughout the Depression and the pre– and post–war periods.
www.amazon.com /Returning-Gaze-Genealogy-Criticism-1909-1949/dp/0822326140   (1488 words)

 James Mason - Photo - Film star James Mason (1909 - 1984) has a word with his ... - Moviefone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
29th November 1965: Film star James Mason (1909 - 1984) has a word with his daughter Portland during a break in the filming of 'The Great St.Trinians' at Shepperton studios in Middlesex.
He is there to watch his daughter in her part as 'Georgina', Head Girl of St Trinians.
James Mason photo of ' Film star James Mason (1909 - 1984) has a word with his...' on Moviefone.
movies.aol.com /celebrity/james-mason/101610/photos/film-star-james-mason-1909-1984-has-a-word-with-his-daughter-portland/1314940   (105 words)

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