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Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers (2005) DVD

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Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers (2005)

Collection of 60 early short films from the British Film Institute’s National Film and Television Archive includes 13 short films by the Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès’ Voyage a travers l’impossible (1904), Birt Acres’ Rough Sea at Dover (1895), nine films by the Pathé brothers (including Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs [1902] and Par le Trou de Serrue [Peeping Tom] [1901]), five films from the Hepworth Company (including Rescued by Rover[1905]), an advertising film commissioned by the biscuit company Peek Frean & Co., a documentary produced by the Kineto Production Company A Day in the Life of a Coalminer (1910), films by the Edison Manufacturing Company (includingDewar’s – It’s Scotch [1897] — reputedly the first advertising film, The Gay Shoe Clerk [1903], The Great Train Robbery [1903] and Dream of a Rarebit Fiend[1906]). Also included are films by Robert W. Paul, George Albert Smith, Sheffield Photographic Company, Walter Haggar, James Bamforth and James A. Williamson. 

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  1. Good collection of early silent shorts from Great Britain, France, and the United States 3 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 4th 2015

    EARLY CINEMA: PRIMITIVES AND PIONEERS is an anthology collecting key short silent films from the pre-feature era. Cecil Hepworth's rarely seen RESCUED BY ROVER is included, along with Edwin Porter's THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY with color-tinted inserts intact. Decent prints, better-than-average selection of films. A good place to begin investigating early silent cinema.

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