WorldCat Identities

Zecca, Ferdinand 1864-1947

Overview
Works: 106 works in 157 publications in 3 languages and 2,200 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Short films  History  Drama  Western films  Comedy films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Actualities (Motion pictures)  Nonfiction films  Animated films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Actor, Restager , Author, Performer, Contributor, fmd, Illustrator
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Ferdinand Zecca
 
Most widely held works by Ferdinand Zecca
Landmarks of early film by David Shepard( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To study where we've been is to better understand where we are, but early film is not of interest only because it illuminates present practices. Beyond considerable historical interest, the material collected here provides immense pleasure on its own terms. These are old films, and they are influential films. But beond that, the bottom line is that they are sonderful films, rewarding our close attention with great enjoyments."--Container
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By 1907 the cinema's initial growing pains had subsided and fairly distinct generic categories of production were established. This volume of The Movies Begin examines some of these integral works that begin to reflect the modern day cinema -- punctuated with authentic hand-tinted lantern slides used during early theatrical exhibition. Visual comedy, with notable elements of slapstick, is represented in Pathé Frères' The Policeman's Little Run (1907), Bangville Police (1913, marking the first appearance of the legendary Keystone Kops) and Max Linder's Troubles Of A Grass Widower (1908). Best remembered today as a major influence on Charlie Chaplin, Linder was one of the first and most popular stars of the cinema. The comic potential of such a basic device as an undercranked camera is exhibited in Pathés Onésime, Horloger (Onésime, Clock-maker, 1912). Alice Guy-Blaché's Making An American Citizen (1912) is an excellent example of the films of social conscience, always an undercurrent beneath the apparently smooth surfaces of commercial productions. Released the very same week was D.W. Griffith's A Girl And Her Trust, a superb film of wide emotional range and great technical virtuosity made near the end of his tenure at the Biograph Company. Nero, Or The Fall Of Rome (1909) strains at conventional film limitations in dimension and duration, looking forward to the revolutionary Italian epics (Cabiria, The Last Days Of Pompeii) that followed a few years later. Equally prophetic are the dazzling animations showcased in the Vitograph Company's Windsor McCay And His Animated Pictures (1911)."--Publisher
The great train robbery : and other primary works by Edwin S Porter( Visual )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of films from cinema's formative period. 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."--Publisher
Experimentation and discovery( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than any other decade, the first ten years of the moving picture saw the greatest amount of experimentation and development. Ranging from the ingeniously creative to the audacious, the films represented in this volume offer a sampling of the primitive masterworks that allowed the technical novelty of the cinema to so quickly flourish into an artistically expressive medium. In the films of Cecil Hepworth, one witnesses a primal use of titles (How It Feels To Be Run Over, 1900) and some other rather gruesome visual comedy (Explosion Of A Motor Car, 1900). A Visit To Peek Frean And Co.'s Biscuit Works (1906) by G.H. Cricks features the extensive use of indoor arc lighting; at the same time being a key transitional film between the early actualities and a more involved form of non-fiction filmmaking that would ultimately blossom into the documentary. From France's Pathé Frères come films that are alternately titillating (Par Le Trou De Serrue/Peeping Tom, 1901), awe-inspiring (Aladin, Or The Wonderful Lamp, 1906), colorful (Magic Bricks, 1908) and dramatic (Revolution In Russia, 1905, which depicts the same event as Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin). Particularly striking is History Of A Crime (1901), in which a criminal's memories are visually rendered through a unique bit of production design. This volume concludes with several works from the Edison Manufacturing Co., including the first known advertising film (Dewar's - It's Scotch, 1898) and Edwin S. Porter's The Dream Of A Rarebit Fiend (1906, a stunning visual fantasy adapted from the comics of Windsor McCay, whose animation can be glimpsed in vol. 5 of this series."--Publisher
The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ with From The Manger to The Cross( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Vie et la passion de Jesus-Christ was begun in 1902 by Ferdinand Zecca (1864-1947) for Pathe Freres in Paris, then the most important film company in the world. Zecca made 18 carefully costumed and staged tableaux against painted backdrops which are clearly influenced by the famous Biblical woodcuts of Gustave Dore (1866). In 1903, Pathe Freres developed up to four colors to each film print by a stencil process; that year and in 1904, ten new tableaux were added to the film. Finally, in 1905, Zecca's collaborator, Lucien Nonguet, added three final scenes, and the resulting color film of 31 tableaux with a running time of 44 minutes became the most impressive of its kind and one of the first long films in the world. Presented by missionaries and itinerant showmen from Indiana to Indochina, it helped establish the popular iconography of the Divine story. This edition is restored from two excellent 35mm original prints and presents The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ as it looked a century ago. From The Manger to The Cross was made on location in Egypt and Palestine for the Kalem Company during the winter and spring of 1912. The film is notable for restraint in presentation, all concerned being clearly aware of the special responsibility they shouldered in depicting the story of Jesus. Here again, as in many subsequent Biblical films, Dore supplied basic imagery. First shown October 14, 1912, it is one of the earliest American feature films, representing extraordinary faith not only in Scripture but also in long-form screen storytelling (although the film could also be shown in one-reel segments). Of course, that sinkhole of secularism, the ordinary movie theater, was regarded as unworthy of this spiritually exalted endeavor, which was exhibited with enormous success in special Sunday presentations, in concert halls and in other sites previously closed to cinema. This edition is mastered from a modern print taken from the original negative, which was re-titled later in the teens. From The Manger to The Cross was added to the National Film Registry in 1998
The passion and death of Christ ; From the manger to the cross, or, Jesus of Nazareth( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and passion of Christ: Using 31 carefully costumed and staged tableaux, this early French film dramatizes Christ's crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension
Histoire d'un crime( Visual )

2 editions published between 1901 and 1994 and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This silent film drama by Ferdinand Zecca is called the first French crime film. A burglar kills a man during a robbery; he is arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. While in prison, a series of flashbacks reveals aspects of his earlier life. The film ends with the murderer's execution by guillotine
Par le trou de la serrure( Visual )

1 edition published in 1901 and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this short, silent film comedy by Ferdinand Zecca, a cleaner in a hotel looks through the keyhole of three rooms and sees a woman applying makeup, a woman taking off some underclothes and a wig, and a couple drinking on a couch, before being caught as he prepares to look through a fourth keyhole
Rêve et réalité( Visual )

2 editions published between 1901 and 1994 and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this silent film comedy directed by Ferdinand Zecca. a man and a woman enjoy a drink at a restaurant table, and the man passionately kisses the woman - only to wake up passionately kissing his wife in bed. His wife wants to continue, but the man turns over to go back to sleep
The red spectre( Visual )

1 edition published in 1907 and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This early silent film short by Segundo de Chomó́n and Ferdinand Zecca is an early horror film using a series of images shot using trick images involving coffins, flames, a magician, dancing women, and a Good Spirit
Life and passion of Jesus Christ ; and, from the manger to the cross( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two films on the life of Jesus Christ. The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ (44 min.) is in 31 staged tableaux; From the manger to the Cross (71 min.) is version of the Passion play presented in more naturalistic terms and filmed on location in the Holy Land
The great train robbery( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 filmakers
Fairy tales : early colour stencil films from Pathé( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once upon a time, during the belle époque in Paris, a short-lived film form called scènes de feeries, or fairy films, was becoming popular thanks to the Pathé Frères company. In jewel-like colours the films, made to appeal to young and old alike, recreated the theatrical spectacles of the age with their fantastical settings, dancing girls, mythical beasts, supernatural beings and a plethora of stage tricks enhanced by the techniques of the new medium of film. Presented here with original hand-colouring, each film is accompanied with a newly commissioned soundtrack by recording artists from the leading experimental music label Touch."--Container
Retour de flamme by Ferdinand Zecca( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents seminal films in the early development of motion pictures in France and the United States with each film preceded by extensive optional historical commentary
Pioneers of the French cinema( Visual )

2 editions published in 1996 in French and English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1 is a compilation of short films, made by Auguste and Louis Lumière, that were shown at the first public exhibitions of projected motion pictures, along with four other short films directed by Georges Milès. Volume 2 is a collection of short films made by Ferdinand Zecca and Charles Pathé between 1904-1911
The power and the passion of Christ( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Hebrew and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and passion of Jesus Christ; The last days of Christ as seen through the eyes of Saints Peter and Simon
Passion and death of Christ : From the manger to the cross ; or, Jesus of Nazareth : a review of the Saviour's life according to the gospel-narrative( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents two early silent films on the life of Jesus Christ. The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ (44 min.) is presented in 31 carefully costumed and staged tableaux which dramatize Christ's crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension. From the manger to the Cross (71 min.) is a version of the Passion play presented in more naturalistic terms and filmed on location in Egypt and Palestine
Experimentation and discovery( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Movies begin, a five part series( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 would later evolve. In this third program, the films presented here, ranging from the ingeniously creative to the boldly audacious, offer a sampling of the primitive masterworks from the first ten years of motion picture production that allowed the technical novelty of cinema to so quickly flourish into an artistically expressive medium
Pioneers of the French cinema = Pionniers du cinema français( Visual )

and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The success of projecting picture on a screen started by Thomas Edison in 1887 with his peep-show kinetoscope inspired other inventors in America, England, France, and Germany to project moving pictures on a screen in a theatre. This program presents silent film on a first public screening for a paying audience in Paris at the Grand Cafe, Boulevard des Capucines, December 28, 1895; followed by other showing in 1986 at London and New York
 
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Alternative Names
Ferdinand Zecca director de cine francés

Ferdinand Zecca francuski filmowiec

Ferdinand Zecca Frans acteur

Ferdinand Zecca französischer Filmregisseur und Pionier des französischen Films

Ferdinand Zecca French film director

Ferdinand Zecca réalisateur français

Ferdinand Zecca regista francese

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Languages
English (36)

French (5)

Hebrew (1)