The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Season 1, Episode 1

Birth of the Cinema (3 Sep. 2011)

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The Story of Film looks at the birth of cinema. It examines the period 1895-1918 where early film pioneers created the first moving pictures. It also look at the period 1903-1918 and the ... See full summary »



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The Story of Film looks at the birth of cinema. It examines the period 1895-1918 where early film pioneers created the first moving pictures. It also look at the period 1903-1918 and the early years of silent film. It examines the development of film techniques including special effects, tracking shots, close ups, wide-screen editing, continuity cutting, parallel editing, reverse angle, and back-lighting. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Birth of the Cinema
23 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This long, long film (broken down into bite-size parts) starts exactly where you think it would: at the birth of the cinema.

We get a few detours -- clips from "Saving Private Ryan" and why Hollywood is not classic, but Japanese film is. We also learn that ideas, not money, is what drives movies -- and we learn the connection between Carol Reed and Martin Scorsese (bubbles).

But what makes this section really great is how it examines the innovations that now seem so simple -- the close-up, the cuts, the "phantom ride"... how we can show two people in conversation without them even having to be in the same room through the power of editing. This seems so obvious now, but someone had to figure it out over a century ago...

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