Edison

Edison

The Invention of the Movies

DVD - 2005
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Commerical motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland.

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This 4-DVD collection contains 140 archival motion pictures from the years 1894 to 1914._____ All produced by the Edison Studios, these silent shorts (ranging from 1 minute in length to 70 minutes) are, literally, the invention of movies. And their significant historical value cannot be disputed nor denied._____ It's kinda interesting to note that it was the year 1912 when the actors in these shorts first started to receive recognition for their parts by having their names included in with the rest of the film's credits. And this was also the same year that close-ups of the actors' faces were first taken. Before that everything was always filmed in long-shots._____ Even though most of these shorts were mainly just fluff and play-acting, there was also some truly horrifying, "real-life" footage included in with all of the rest. One of these images being, the actual electrocution of an adult elephant. (Yes. Very-very sad, indeed)

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