- Published: New York, NY : Kino on Video, c2002.
- Year Published: 2002
- Description: 1 videodisc (75 min.) : sd., b&w & tinted ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: DVD
- Shepard, David.
- Méliès, Georges, 1861-1938.
- Porter, Edwin S.
- Edison, Thomas A. 1847-1931.
- Lumière, Louis, 1864-1948.
- Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904.
- Zecca, Ferdinand, 1864-1947.
- Film Preservation Associates.
- British Film Institute.
- Kino International Corporation.
- Muybridge, Eadweard, -- 1830-1904.
- Silent films -- History.
- Motion pictures -- History.
- Motion picture industry -- History.
- Motion picture producers and directors.
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The Great train robbery
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Includes film "Homage to Eadweard Muybridge."
Originally produced in 1994.
Motion studies (1877-85) / Eadweard Muybridge.-- Actualities (1896-97) / Louis Lumiere.-- The Great train robbery (1903) / Edwin S. Porter.-- The Golden beetle (1907) / Ferdinand Zecca.-- A trip to the moon (1902) / Georges Melies.-- Kinetoscopes (1894-96) / Thomas Edison.-- Biograph Mutoscope.
The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this 5-part collection of the cinema's formative works which reveal the foundation from which the styles and plots of contemporary cinema later evolved. This first program includes the first blockbuster in American film, The Great Train Robbery and other significant early films by pioneer filmmakers.
DVD ; full screen.
Probably the most interesting thing about this one is the contrast between the European movies, which are more concerned with fantasy and interesting effects, and the American ones, which deal with more realistic stories. The Great Train Robbery has a way of putting you in the seats of those early theaters, saying, Wow, how did they do that? In it, a group of Very Bad Men do Very Bad Things to people on an enormous train (you never could have acheived this on stage); at one point, at least 800 people file out of it to be held up by 3 men (an exaggeration, but seriously, as people continue to file out, you may ask yourself, how many clowns can they fit in that thing?). The location shooting, the magic of being able to add suspense through camera movement, and the excitement of being able to accomplish things you could never accomplish in the confines of a theater are truly inspiring.
You can finish up by watching The Whole Dam Family by Porter and The Golden Beetle by Zecca. Truly, the line gets drawn in the sand here; the American Porter has a great time setting down a humorous portrait without words of a typical American family complete with dog, while Zecca creates a mystical confection with innovative techniques like overlapping film.
All in all, this is a terrific DVD that helps you feel the excitement and possibilities that this technology opened up.
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