...The Praxinoscope Theatre, a moving picture device of 1880.
This section deals with the technical and inventive basis for cinema, and briefly describes the important pioneers. It covers the developments prior to the invention...
...The Great Train Robbery
The second decade of cinema runs approximately from 1905 to the start of World War I in 1914. This period sees the establishment of an industrial organisation for film, both in Europe and the USA...
...On the set of Blackmail
The topics in this section are disparate but I would suggest that the common feature is that they are likely to be treated as parts of a wider study. This could be silent film, but also could...
...The Battleship Potemkin
Despite differences mainstream British, French, German and Hollywood cinemas all shared a common purpose – making films for entertainment and profit. But in the 1920s there were a series of film...
...The Gold Rush
From the end of the World War I until the end of the silent era in 1927 – and beyond – Hollywood dominated the international film industry. The Hollywood studios reached their peak, both in their organisation...
...After 1930 silent film was not only replaced by sound, it disappeared. Sadly, this was in many cases literally. The nitrate film stock used in the silent era contained valuable materials including silver. Old film stock was frequently...
...D.W. Griffith (pointing) on the set of Death’s Marathon (1913)
This period roughly corresponds to World War I, 1914–18. However, many of the changes were under way before the war and only reached full development afterwards...
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