- Number of Discs: 5
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 6 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Tinted
- Released: February 19, 2002
- Originally Released: 1894
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Box Set
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Great Train Robbery & Other Primary Works
: This survey of the cinema's earliest landmarks and rarities features the 1877 motion studies of Edward Muybridge, the early productions of Thomas Edison's Black Maria
, the actualites of Louis Lumiere, George Melies's A Trip to the Moon
(1902), and climaxes with the premiere of a mint-condition print of Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery
, complete with the authentic hand-tinting witnessed by audiences of 1903.
Comedy, Spectacle, and New Horizons: This edition explores the establishment of cinematic genres in the first years of the 20th Century, offering rare glimpses of the innovative visual comedy of Max Linder, the pioneering Italian epic Nero - or The Burning Of Rome, the phenomenal animation of Windsor McCoy, the social realism of Alice Guy Blache's Making of an American Citizen, D. W. Griffith's early melodrama A Girl and Her Trust, and more!
The European Pioneers: From the archives of the British Film Institute, this collection features forty distinctive works from cinema's infancy, produced by such Euro pioneers as R.W. Paul, George Edward Smith, Fran Mottershaw, Walter Haggar & Sons, and James Bamforth, as well as by acknowledged innovators like the Lumiere brothers and Melies. Includes Demolition of a Wall (1896), Exiting the Factory (1895), and Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (circa 1895).
Experimentation and Discovery: Frequently comical, often risque, and sometimes just plain baffling, the twenty films of this anthology challenged the precepts of the visual representation of narrative, thereby inventing the photographic and editing techniques that would quickly become accepted as cinematic syntax. Includes Peeping Tom (1901), History of a Crime (1901), How It Feels to be Run Over (1900), and The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906).
The Magic of Melies: Tribute is paid to the screen's first special effects wizard in this special collection of marvelously restored prints. In addition to more than a dozen of his early trompes l'oeil - such as Untamable Wiskers, Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer, and The Mermaid - this volume boasts the illuminating documentary, Georges Melies, Cinema Magician and a rare hand-tinted print of the fantastic spectacle An Impossible Voyage.
This collection from Kino on Video looks is a compendium of some of the most important films from the early years of the cinema. Consisting of over 130 films made during the years 1894-1913 from directors such as Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Edison, Louis Lumière, Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, D.W. Griffith and others, THE MOVIES BEGIN is an indispensable collection that presents the finest films from the first 20 years of the movies, all completely remastered and restored. See individual titles for details.
Film History |
Silent Cinema |
- The 122 films in this collection were produced between 1893 and 1913. They are silent with musical accompaniment and are either black & white or color-tinted.
- This is a boxed set containing all five volumes of the series. For information on the individual volumes, see their separate entries.