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Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Family | 21 November 1890 (USA)
One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.


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Giuseppe Sacco Albanese ... (as G. Sacco Albanese)


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

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Short | Comedy | Family


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21 November 1890 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csínytevések 1.  »

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This film is possibly the first film to have been produced in the USA, and the first film series. The film's two sequels were made the same year. See more »


Followed by Monkeyshines, No. 2 (1890) See more »

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One of The First 'Movie' Films

From Shadow Plays to the Phenakistoscope, to the phantasmagoria of the 18th Century 'Magic Lanterns' or the spinning slits of the Phenakistoscope invented by Joseph Plateau, and the simultaneous independent invention, in 1833, by the Austrian Simon Stampfer (Stroboscope). In 1867, the Zoetrope lantern astonished the world till Muybridge's Zoopraxiscope device of 1879. The Zoopraxiscope's photographic rudiments inspired legendary inventors to invent. Thomas Edison came up with the Kinetoscope and the designer W.K.L.Dixon (sometimes spelt as Dickson) worked for Edison in the USA and then in 1894 moved to England where he helped develop the Mutoscope machines. Thus, finally, we arrive at Dickson's 'The MonkeyShines'. Dickson is significantly a part of Film history because these film shorts were widely acclaimed as The first 'movie shows', or moving picture shows. However, The Lumiere brothers in France, Auguste and Louis, produced what is arguably the first real cinema show with the presentation of their Lumiere Cinematographe to a paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Paris on 28th December 1895. The only real brouhaha between these two landmark moments in history being the issue of pioneering and the attributing factors of being billed as the 'inventors' of modern film and cinema.

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