Early Cinema: Primitives And Pioneers DVD
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Produced in 1896-1910
Main Language - SILENT
Countries & Regions - British Film
Following on the release of Electric Edwardians, featuring films from the astounding find of Mitchell and Kenyon's work, the bfi continue their programme of early cinema releases with this collection of 59 films made between 1895-1906. All the luminaries of early cinema are represented, with works included by Lumière - Sortie d'Usine, Méliès - Voyage à travers l'impossible, George Albert Smith - Mary Jane's Mishap, Haggar & Sons - Desperate Poaching Affray, The Hepworth Manufacturing Company - Rescued by Rover and Cricks & Martin's A Visit to Peek Frean's Biscuit Works. There's also a newly restored and tinted version of Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery, and the Edison Manufacturing Company's The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend which includes a striking simulation of drunkenness using superimposed panning shots.
Some of the most impressive films of the era however came from Pathé Frères, especially in their hand-tinted treatments of Ali Baba et les Quarante Voleurs and Aladdin ou la Lampe Merveilleuse, where the beautiful use of colour adds a little touch of magic and conveys something of the marvel of film that we now take so much for granted.
Graeme Hobbs on 9th August 2005
Author of 299 reviews
A wide-ranging collection of fifty-nine films from the pre-1910 period of cinema that shows how many of today’s film devices such as the close-up, the cut-away and editing were first used before the turn of the 19th century! Far too many films to list here but there are highlights from Lumière, Pathé, Méliès, G. A. Smith (Mary Jane’s Mishap) and the Hepworth Manufacturing Company (Rescued by Rover) plus a newly restored and tinted version of Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery.
Length: 187 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 5th September 2005
Cat No: BFIVD643
Subtitles: English HoH
- Two discs
- Optional audio commentary
- New music score from Neil Brand, John Sweeny and Stephen Horne.