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Comedy, spectacle and new horizons

Author: David ShepardRobert IsraelCharles MusserFerdinand ZeccaMax LinderAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Kino on Video, ©2002.
Series: Movies begin, v. 5.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
Comedy films
Animated films
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Shepard; Robert Israel; Charles Musser; Ferdinand Zecca; Max Linder; Jean Durand; Winsor McCay; Alice Guy; D W Griffith; Kino International Corporation.; Film Preservation Associates.; Pathé frères (France); Ambrosio (Firm); Gaumont (Firm); Vitagraph Company of America.; Biograph Company.; Keystone Film Company.
OCLC Number: 49397070
Language Note: Silent, with musical accompaniment. Some intertitles, predominantly in English.
Notes: Collective title from disc menu. Film titles & film credits from screen.
Originally compiled for video in 1994.
"Presenting cinematic milestones by Winsor McCay, Max Linder, Alice Guy Blaché."--Front cover of container.
Credits: Music compiled and directed by Robert Israel ; program notes by Charles Musser.
Description: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., b&w and tinted b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC.
Contents: Policemen's little run / [by Ferdinand Zecca ; Pathé] (1907) --
Troubles of a grasswidower / Pathé Frères ; [by Max Linder] (1908) --
Nero, or, the fall of Rome / [by Ambrosio] (1909) --
Onésime horloger = Onésime, clock-maker / Gaumont ; [Jean Durand] (1912) --
Winsor McCay, the famous cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and his moving comics / photographed by Vitagraph Co. of America (1911) --
Making an American citizen / produced by Alice Guy Blaché (1912) --
Girl and her trust / Biograph Company ; [directed by D.W. Griffith] (1912) --
Bangville police / Keystone Film Company (1913).
Series Title: Movies begin, v. 5.
Responsibility: Kino International ; produced by Film Preservation Associates ; produced for video by David Shepard.

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"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.

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