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Before the Nickelodeon : the early cinema of Edwin S. Porter

Author: Edwin S PorterCharles MusserWarren LeightBlanche SweetFilm for Thought (Firm)All authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino International, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Feature films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Named Person: Edwin S Porter
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin S Porter; Charles Musser; Warren Leight; Blanche Sweet; Film for Thought (Firm); Kino International Corporation.
OCLC Number: 227209263
Notes: Videodisc release of the documentary motion picture produced in 1982.
Includes 16 complete Porter short films (among them The May Irwin kiss (1896), The sunken battleship 'Maine' (1898), Jack and the Beanstalk (1902), Life of an American fireman (1902-3)) and 3 additional Porter shorts.
Special features: Waiting at the Church (1906); Life of a Cowboy (1906); Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902).
Credits: Executive producer, Stephen Brier ; writers, Warren D. Leight and Charles Musser.
Performer(s): Narrated by Blanche Sweet.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., b&w and b&w (tinted) ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD NTSC; Region 1.
Other Titles: Early cinema of Edwin S. Porter
Responsibility: Film for Thought presents ; a Charles Musser film ; produced, directed and edited by Charles Musser ; written by Warren D. Leight, Charles Musser ; a New York-Hollywood Feature Film production.

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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.

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