The Story of Film: Birth of the Cinema
Episode 1 of The Story of Film: An Odyssey focuses on the birth of cinema, examining the period 1895–1918 when early film pioneers created the first moving pictures. It also looks more specifically at 1903–1918 and the early years of silent film.
Witness the birth of special effects, tracking shots, close-ups, wide-screen editing, continuity and parallel editing, and other film techniques we now take for granted.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a British documentary film series about the history of cinema, presented in 15 x 1-hour chapters by Northern Irish critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins.
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