A compilation of the very earliest films from the first projections of moving images to the advent of the feature film, an area of film history often underseen, underappreciated and understudied. Includes films from Pathe frénes, Vitagraph Co., Biograph Co., and Keystone Film Co. Includes films by Thomas Edison, Louis Lumière, Edwin S. Porter, George Méliès, Charles Pathé, Ferdinand Zecca, Max Linder, D.W. Griffith, and Henry Lehrman.
Film historian Mark Cousins takes viewers on a journey through the history of world cinema. Features a fifteen-part odyssey that begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and goes all around the world, from Thomas Edison's New Jersey lab, to Hitchcock's London, to post-war Rome, to modern-day Mumbai, and more. The film concludes with a look at the globalized digital film industry of the 21st century. Also includes interviews with legendary filmmakers.
Together for the first time on DVD, these 36 vintage gems are from the NFB Canada Vignettes series, which marked a whole generation of Canadians who grew up with television. Made in the late seventies and early eighties, these very short animated films and documentaries introduced us to different aspects of our countrys rich history and culture. Who can forget such classics as Faces, Delta Plane, Log Drivers Waltz and Trading Post? These short films feature subtle humour and remain surprisingly fresh despite being over 30 years old. Make yourself comfortable as you take a trip down memory lane with quick lessons in Canadian history (Fort Prince of Wales, Bill Miner) and portraits of Canadian personalities (Roger Doucet, Stunt Family).
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