RT Video/DVD DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49397070 LA Silent, with musical accompaniment. Some intertitles, predominantly in English. T1 Comedy, spectacle and new horizons A1 Shepard, David., Israel, Robert,, Musser, Charles., Zecca, Ferdinand,, Linder, Max,, Durand, Jean,, McCay, Winsor., Guy, Alice,, Griffith, D. W., Kino International Corporation., Film Preservation Associates., Pathé frères (France), Ambrosio (Firm), Gaumont (Firm), Vitagraph Company of America., Biograph Company., Keystone Film Company., PB Kino on Video PP New York, N.Y. YR 2002 AB "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.