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

Author: Edwin S Porter; Charles Musser; Blanche Sweet; Film for Thought (Firm); British Film Institute.
Publisher: London, England : BFI, [200-]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Documentary
Short
Named Person: Edwin S Porter; Edwin S Porter
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin S Porter; Charles Musser; Blanche Sweet; Film for Thought (Firm); British Film Institute.
OCLC Number: 71824889
Notes: Videocassette release of the documentary motion picture produced in 1982.
Includes 16 [complete?] Porter short films.
Credits: Producer and director, Charles Musser.
Performer(s): Narrated by Blanche Sweet.
Description: 1 videodisc (58 min.) : sound, black and white and color tinted ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([12] pages ; illustrations : 18 cm)
Details: DVD PAL; Region 2.
Contents: The May Irwin kiss (1896) --
The Sunken battleship Maine (1898) --
Mr. Edison at work in his chemical laboratory (1897) --
Corbett-Courtney fight (1894) --
Kansas City saloon smashers (1901) --
The capture of the Biddle brothers (1902) --
The Finish of Bridget McKeen (1901) --
Terrible Teddy, the grizzly king (1901) --
Sampson-Schley controversy (1901) --
The execution of Czolgosz (1901) --
Elephants shooting the chutes, Luna Park, Coney Island, no. 2 (1902) --
Appointment by telephone (1902) --
Jack and the beanstalk (1902) --
How they do things on the Bowery (1902) --
Life of an American fireman (1902-1903).
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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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. Ffired by Edison, he continued making films until 1915, but he had been left behind by new directors with new techniques.

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