WorldCat Identities

Porter, Edwin S.

Overview
Works: 378 works in 674 publications in 3 languages and 9,156 library holdings
Genres: Short films  Silent films  History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Animated films  Western films  Games 
Roles: Director, Attributed name, Producer, Actor, Author, Performer, Costume designer, Photographer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1993.5.A1, 791.430973
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Most widely held works by Edwin S Porter
The great train robbery and other primary works by Edwin S Porter( Visual )

52 editions published between 1903 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genesis of the motion picture medium is vividly recreated in this unprecedented collection of the cinema's formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise. An animated rendering of Eadweard Muybridge's primitive motion studies (1877-85) begins the program, immediately defining the compound appeal of cinema as both a scientific marvel and sensational popular entertainment. This is followed by the works of Louis and Auguste Lumière, who offer cinematic glimpses of such commonplace sights as children quarreling, a lion in a zoo or the feeding of poultry. As for more obvious fictions there is the myth-making of Edwin S. Porter's seminal The great train robbery (1903) and the pictorial splendor of Ferdinand Zecca's The Golden Beetle (1907), both presented in mint condition prints with the original hand-tinting, as well as Georges Méliès' extravagant A trip to the moon (1902, complete with narration penned by the director, intended to accompany its performance). The low art origins of the cinema are represented in some of Thomas Edison's Kinetoscopes (1894-97, serpentine dances, a cockfight, a bedroom full of seminary girls engaged in a pillow fight and the notorious first screen kiss) and a collection of mechanized peep shows from American Mutoscope and Biograph, whose burlesque origins are free from social or aesthetic pretense, being designed solely for titillation and amusement. When social crusaders spoke of the evils of film, this is what they had in mind
Edison the invention of the movies by Thomas A Edison( Visual )

3 editions published between 1918 and 2005 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two hours of interviews with archivists and early cinema scholars. Over two hundred scans of artifacts from MoMA's Edison Collection never available to the public before: stills, script fragments, interoffice memos, and promotions. 140 complete films
Landmarks of early film by David Shepard( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of the very earliest films from the first projections of moving images to the advent of the feature film, an area of film history often underseen, underappreciated and understudied
Before the Nickelodeon the early cinema of Edwin S. Porter( Visual )

17 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Between the years 1894 to 1908, Edwin S. Porter was the leading American filmmaker. Follows his movie career, from his first job installing Thomas Edison's Vitascope machines in New York, through his business as a film exhibitor, to his job as head of Edison's movie studio. There he created story films: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Life of an American Fireman, and The Great Train Robbery. By 1909, his film technique was old fashioned. Fired by Edison, he continued making films until 1915, but he had been left behind by new directors with new techniques
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates( Visual )

5 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This was probably filmed in the southern part of the Upper New York Bay looking towards the Narrows, with Fort Lafayette partly visible in the far background. The subject is a simulated capture by the police gunboat "Patrol" of three "pirates" in a rowboat. Puffs of smoke appear as the gunboat fires several rounds from the bow cannon, which can be clearly seen later in a side view of the boat. The "Patrol" was a steel, twin screw, 135 foot, 118 ton police boat, built in 1893 at Sparrow's Point, Maryland
Panorama of esplanade by night( Visual )

4 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ESPLANADE BY NIGHT. Unhairing. [code for telegraphic orders] A most perfect picture of the Pan-American Exposition buildings, including the Electric Tower and Temple of Music, as they appear at night. Class B 50 ft. $6.00
Esquimaux leap-frog( Visual )

4 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film, photographed from a single camera position, shows buildings resembling igloos on ice floes, in front of which persons clothed as Eskimos play a game of leapfrog
Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City( Visual )

5 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subject is a group of about thirty men and boys who are sorting combustible refuse, mostly paper, and stuffing it into large sacks. In the background a man in a hat with an emblem on it can be seen unloading trash from a large wagon. Location may be the New York City Sanitation Department's East 17th Street facility, or possibly the incinerator at West 47th Street on the Hudson River
Esquimaux village( Visual )

4 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. Unguineuse. [code for telegraphic orders]. One of the principal features at the Pan-American Exposition is the Alaskan or Esquimaux Village. In this most interesting exhibit, scenes are enacted just as they take place in the far away frozen North. In this subject we depict a large number of Esquimaux clothed in their native costumes and seated on their sleds, which are drawn by spans of four Esquimaux dogs. They are engaged in a race and are to be seen running over the ice and snow at a high rate of speed. There is a pond in the foreground of the picture on the shores of which the home stretch of the race takes place. The picture is perfect photographically, and the figures stand out clear and sharp, throwing a most perfect reflection on the pond. Class B 75 ft. $9.00
The martyred presidents( Visual )

5 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: THE MARTYRED PRESIDENTS--LINCOLN, GARFIELD, McKINLEY. Ungueltig. [code for telegraphic orders]. We have just finished and now offer to exhibitors a picture which we consider most valuable as an ending to the series of McKinley funeral pictures. The scene opens with a beautiful woman who represents Columbia seated at the altar of Justice. As if from out of space there slowly appears a perfect and lifelike picture of Abraham Lincoln. The forming of the picture is first noticed by the appearance of what seems to be a mere spot on the front of the altar. This spot slowly enlarges and is focused into shape, until, to the amazement of the audience, the face of the great emancipator is clearly shown. President Lincoln's likeness is allowed to remain upon the altar just long enough for recognition, when, in the same mysterious manner that it appeared, it slowly fades and in its place their grows the picture of President Garfield. This in a like manner fades away, and again as out of the dim distance comes the picture of our great martyred President, William McKinley. The tableau is then dissolved into a picture of an assassin kneeling before the throne of Justice. Here the tableau ends, leaving an impression of mingled sorrow and sublimity upon the audience. We predict for this picture a remarkable success, and particularly where it is shown in connection with the funeral ceremonies of the illustrious McKinley. Class B 75 ft. $11.25
Panoramic view of Electric Tower from a balloon( Visual )

4 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER FROM A BALLOON. Unhabile [code for telegraphic orders]. Here we have recorded a very novel scene, the camera having been placed in the basket of the captive balloon at the Pan-American Exposition. It was then slowly elevated to the top of the Tower, a distance of 465 feet, and slowly lowered until it reached the ground, keeping the Tower in view all the time during the ascent and descent, ending with a very interesting view of the base of the Tower, with crowds of people passing to and fro. Class B 75 ft. $9.00
President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol( Visual )

4 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PRESIDENT McKINLEY AND ESCORT GOING TO THE CAPITOL. This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street. The parade is headed by a platoon of mounted police; next comes the Grand Marshal, Major- General Francis V. Green, and staff, as follows: A. Noel Blakeman, Lieut. Col. John S. Johnson, Major-General N.E. Thompson, U.S.A., Brigadier-General U.S.W. Day, U.S.V., Lieut. Winfield S. Overton, U.S.A., all mounted on splendid horses. Next come the famous Troop A, of Cleveland, Ohio, who act as the personal escort of the President. They present a most striking appearance as they go down the incline on Fifteenth Street, Washington. Next comes President McKinley in his carriage drawn by four of his own horses, the pair of blacks in the lead and the favorite bays on the wheel. The President is seated in the right of the carriage with Senator Hanna on the left beside him, and facing them, with their backs to the driver, are seated Representatives Cannon and McRae. Owing to special permits granted us by the United States Government, we were able to have our camera within twenty feet of the President's carriage when it passed, and an absolutely perfect photograph was secured. The President's carriage is followed by Secretaries Hay and Gage. The third carriage contains Secretary Root, Attorney-General Griggs and the President's Private Secretary Cortelyou. The fourth carriage contains Secretaries Long, Wilson, Hitchcock and Postmaster-General Smith. The fifth carriage contains Lieutenant-General Miles and Admiral Dewey. We also present excellent pictures of the Admiral of the Navy and the General commanding the United States Army as they pass. This picture closes up by showing a detachment of Veterans of the Twenty-third Ohio Volunteers, followed closely by the West Point Cadets, who present a remarkable spectacle as they execute left wheel turning from Fifteenth Street into Pennsylvania Avenue
Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison( Visual )

3 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: ELECTROCUTION OF CZOLGOSZ. . A detailed reproduction of the execution of the assassin of President McKinley faithfully carried out from the description of an eye witness. The picture is in three scenes. First: Panoramic view of Auburn Prison taken the morning of the electrocution. The picture then dissolves into the corridor of murderer's row. The keepers are seen taking Czolgosz from his cell to the death chamber, and shows State Electrician, Wardens and Doctors making final test of the chair. Czolgosz is then brought in by the guard and is quickly strapped into the chair. The current is turned on at a signal from the Warden, and the assassin heaves heavily as though the straps would break. He drops prone after the current is turned off. The doctors examine the body and report to the Warden that he is dead, and he in turn officially announces the death to the witness
Excerpts from Aristophanes' "The Birds" by Aristophane( Visual )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this play, Aristophanes satirizes the weaknesses of man and his institutions. Two disgruntled citizens, Euelpides and Pisthetaerus, seek to escape the pettiness of life in Athens by dwelling among the birds. They convince the birds that they were once sovereign over the earth, and should reclaim their supremacy by building a kingdom of their own which excludes the gods and invites all men to join the birds and acquire wings
Panorama water front and Brooklyn Bridge from East River( Visual )

5 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film depicts the East River shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan starting at about Pier 5 (the New York Central Pier) opposite Broad Street, and extending to the Mallory Line steamship piers just south of Fulton Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. The film begins with shots of canal boats or barges (from the Erie Canal via the Hudson River) docked at and around Coenties Slip. As the film progresses, the New York Produce Exchange located at Bowling Green, Manhattan, with its distinct tower, comes into view in the background. Between here and the Wall Street ferry, there follows in order of appearance: steam tugs, a wooden hull barkentine with box barges alongside, a docked iron hull sailing ship, probably British, an ocean steamer with yards on the foremast, a derrick lighter laden with barrels docked at the end of a pier, and a fruit steamer. In the Wall Street Ferry slip (between Piers 15 and 16) there is a Wall St., Manhattan-to-Montague St., Brooklyn, double-ended steam commuter boat. The ferry is visible immediately before a shot of the large advertising billboards on Pier 16. The film next shows the Ward Line piers (J.E. Ward & Co., New York and Cuba Steamship Co.), a Pennsylvania Railroad tug, a derrick lighter, and the Mallory Line piers. A Mallory Line steamer can be seen on the south side of one of the Mallory Piers. The camera begins panning out into the East River after passing pier 20, catching the fog bell at the end of pier 21. A car float is visible passing under the Brooklyn Bridge. The pan follows the line of the Brooklyn Bridge eastward to Brooklyn Heights, where the Hotel Margaret (tall building in background) is visible just before the end of the film. This film continues the view begun in the film Sky Scrapers of New York City From the North River. Together they comprise a sweep around the southern tip of Manhattan, from Fulton Street on the Hudson to the Brooklyn Bridge
Esquimaux game of snap-the-whip( Visual )

4 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SCENE IN THE ESQUIMAUX VILLAGE. Ungulado. [code for telegraphic orders]. The picture [shows] a number of Esquimaux picking nickels from cracks in a board with their dog whips, in which sport they are very expert. In the background will be seen one of their "Topeks," a sealskin tent in which they live during their short summer. Class B 75 ft. $9.00
Everyman a moral play( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Produced in conjunction with medieval literature scholar Howard Schless of Columbia University, the program presents a production of the famous morality play Everyman staged in period costume. Following the original text, it brings to life the timeless emotional impact of Everyman's allegorical journey." --Distributor's website (viewed September 17, 2015)
A Christmas past vintage holiday films, 1901-1925 by D. W Griffith( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent vignettes of the Christmas holiday season, digitally remastered
History of animation origins of American animation (1900-1921)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection, 21 complete films and two fragments, showcases the best of the Library of Congress's animated cartoons from the first decades of this century, an era full of surprises and experimentation. Featuring Krazy Kat, Bobby Bumps, Dud, Mutt & Jeff, the Katzenjammer Kids, Gertie, and others, as well as WWI-era war cartoons
Circular panorama of Electric Tower( Visual )

5 editions published in 1901 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: CIRCULAR PANORAMA OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER. A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition structure was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presented the most perfect and diversified views of the Transportation Building, Mexican Plaza, the Stadium and the north side of the Electric Tower
 
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Edwin Porter

Edwin S. Porter

Edwin S. Porter Amerikaans filmregisseur

Edwin S. Porter ralisateur amricain

Edwin S. Porter US-amerikanischer Filmpionier

Edwin Stanton Porter regista statunitense

Porter, Ed 1870-1941

Porter Edward 1870-1941

Porter, Edwin 1870-1941

Porter Edwin Stanton 1870-1941

Porter Edwin Stratton 1870-1941

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