Thursday, September 12, 2013

HIstory of Film Part I & II

I'm learning a lot of interesting stuff in my History of Film class at BGSU. Every week I want to share a piece of film history and what would shape cinema today. Here are the first 2 weeks.

1895 - Auguste and Louis Lumiere patent the cinematrographe, which served as camera, printer and projector all in one. It was lighter and smaller than Edison's kinetograph. This allowed films to be shown for the first time to mass audiences. Here is one of the first films made, Arrival of a Train (1895) by the Lumiere brothers to showcase their camera.

1906 - 1908 - Multi-reel films or 'features' were experimented both in France and the U.S. It was thought that audiences had short attention spans, so only one film reel (10-15 minutes) was used to create movies. However, after features were shown to audiences, there was no turning back. Here is Cabiria (1914), an Italian film that is very important to the success of multi-reel films.

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