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Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890)

One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.


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One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.

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Release Date:

21 November 1890 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csínytevések 1. See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A sheet of celluloid, measuring 2 1/2 inches by 13 5/8 inches. Developer W.K.L. Dickson described the process in 1895: "Then followed some experiments with drums, over which sheets of sensitized celluloid film were drawn, the edges being pressed into a narrow slot in the surface, similar in construction to the old tinfoil phonograph. A starting and stopping device was also applied... The pictures were then taken spirally to the number of two hundred or so, but were limited in size owing to the rotundity of surface, which only brought the centre of the picture into focus. The sheet of celluloid was then developed, etc., and placed upon a transparent drum, bristling at its outer edge with brass pins. When the brass was rapidly turned these came into contact with the primary current of an induction coil, and each image was lighted up [with a Geissler tube placed inside the drum, the primary wire of which, operated by the pins, produced a rupture of the primary current, which in its turn, through the medium of the secondary current, lighted the Geissler tube at the precise moment when a picture crossed its range of view]." See more »

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First US film
28 January 2016 | by vukelic-stjepanSee all my reviews

Monkeyshines is believed to be the first film shot in the United States. First 4 movies are credited to French pioneer Louise Le Prince, and my opinion that all of Le Prince movies are better than that.

You cannot clearly see what is happening in this video.

It's only value it that this movie will be remembered as the first film shoted in America. And how I can see there is two more movies named Monkeyshines and I think this is first movie who have sequels.

You can find this movie on youtube/wikipedia.

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