In a medium close-up shot of the first kiss ever recorded on screen, two fervent lovers cuddle and talk passionately at hair's breadth, just before the love-smitten gentleman decides to give his chosen one an innocent peck.
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »
George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
James H. White
Based on Shakespeare's play, Act V, Scene vii: King John is in torment, and his supporters fear that his end is near. As he writhes in agony, he is attended by Prince Henry, the Earl of Pembroke, and Robert Bigot. Prince Henry tries repeatedly to comfort his delirious father, but to no avail - John's pain is too great.Written by
In 1900 and 1901, The British Mutoscope & Biograph Company (the Biograph) promoted a tour of a selection of its films throughout England (and probably Scotland and Wales and possibly Ireland as well) in each year, showing at most of the major cities and many of the leading towns. The films chosen for both of the tours were a mix of the Biograph's recent and popular films, updated as the tour progressed, In 1901, the leading films were several of Queen Victoria 's funeral followed by reports of the Boer war in South Africa, famous people such as Pope Leo XIII, sporting events, views of and from ships and trains, and other familiar subjects of the cinema of the time, almost all shown in very short forms of one to two minutes duration each on a 26ft (7.92m) by 22ft (6.70m) screen. Attempts were also made to include Biograph films of the locality in each place in which the package was being screened.
It appears from contemporary press reports that the full, four scene, version of "King John' (as four separate films shown in sequence together) was included on the 1901 tour, although how extensively is not known and may now be impossible to know. It is also not known, with a similar unlikelihood of ever knowing, whether the four prints of "King John" were newly struck for the tour from the original negatives. See more »
Philip, King of France:
O fair affliction, peace.
No, no. I will not, having breath to cry:/ O that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth,/ Then with a passion would I shake the world,/ And rouse from sleep that fell anatomy/ Which cannot hear a Lady's feeble voice,/ Which scorns a modern invocation.
Lady, you utter madness, and not sorrow.
Thou art not holy to belie me so./ I am not mad, this hair I tear is mine,/ My name is Constance, I was Geoffrey's wife./ Young Arthur is my son, and he is lost:/ I am not mad. I ...
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It's a silent movie but it's also labeled as the 1st Shakespeare adaptation ! For me, it's a bit illogical ! Shakespare wrote plays so dialogues whereas here you have just the characters without their lines ! And for sure, as it's still 1 minute time, you can imagine that the action is very condensed ! I didn't read the play but watching those sixty seconds, i suppose King John is dying in company of dear friends and soldiers. But it's not peaceful as he seems very tormented, nearly crazy ! However to shoot a play was a bit intelligent back then because the camera still doesn't move and the stage is reduced to a big backdrop and a few props. So baby cinema was just like that: a play like in the real theater but with no sound!
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