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The movies begin : a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1914

Author: David Shepard; Film Preservation Associates.; British Film Institute.; Kino International Corporation.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino on Video, 2002.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of the cinema's formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise.
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Genre/Form: Silent films
Short films
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Shepard; Film Preservation Associates.; British Film Institute.; Kino International Corporation.
OCLC Number: 49279881
Language Note: Silent film with music sound track.
Notes: DVD release of the 1994 Kino International Corp.
Vol. 3: time on container incorrect.
Title on vol. 4 container: Magic of Méliès.
Special features: text (program notes) by Charles Musser ; film access.
Credits: Music compiled and composed by Robert Israel (v. 1 & 5) ; music composed and performed by Alexander Rannie (v. 4) ; music by Neil Brand (v. 2 & 3).
Description: 5 videodiscs (414 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: v. 1. The great train robbery and other primary works : featuring the films of Edwin S. Porter, Thomas A. Edison, Louis Lumière, Georges Méliès, E. Muybridge, Ferdinand Zecca (75 min.) --
v. 2. The European pioneers : being forty formative works by Louis Lumière, Walter Haggar, R.W. Paul, George Albert Smith, James A. Williamson, James Bamforth & C. (58 min.) --
v. 3. Experimentation and discovery : including Pathé Frères' Ali Baba and the forty thieves ; Edwin S. Porter's The dream of a rarebit fiend ; Ferdinand Zecca's History of a crime (93 min.) --
v. 4. The cinema magic of George Melies : fifteen fantastic works by the cinema's first special effects wizard including The mermaid, Impossible voyage, and the documentary Georges Mélies: cinema magician (103 min.) --
v. 5. Comedy, spectacle, and new horizons : presenting cinematic milestones by Winsor McCay, Max Linder, Alice Guy Blaché (85 min.).
Other Titles: Great train robbery and other primary works.
European pioneers.
Experimentation and discovery.
Cinema magic of George Melies.
Magic of George Méliès.
Magic of Méliès.
Comedy, spectacle, and new horizons.
Treasury of early cinema, 1894-1914
Treasury of early cinema, 1894-1913
Responsibility: Kino International ; [produced by] Film Preservation Associates and The British Film Institute ; produced for video by David Shepard.

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The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of the cinema's formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise.

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