Thomas Edison is infamous for making this comment...
Cinema was merely a passing novelty with no discernible future.
The earliest filmmakers were not considered artists but?
they were thought of as inventors, mechanics, and entrepreneurs experimenting with the novel medium of moving pictures.
What is a documentary?
documentary can be defined as a fact-based (rather than story-based) film whose intention is to instruct or inform.
The earliest documentaries from the 1890s were referred to as?
The term originates from the French actualité, which refers to a current event.
One of Edison's Early Kinetoscope Films re-enacted a kiss from a popular theatre production.
The biological phenomenon that describes the human eye's capacity to perceive movement in a series of quickly successive images, is called what?
"persistence of vision"
The Zoetrope was invented in_________ and later became a popular novelty in well-to-do Victorian homes.
Edward Muybridge in France developed what he called
"series photography," which refers to a series of photographs taken and then projected in quick succession
The birth of cinema is usually dated to______ , when the Lumière brothers in Paris projected a 25-minute program of 10 films to a paying audience.
December 28, 1895
The Lumière brothers invented their own
camera, the Cinématographe.
lightweight camera was uniquely suited to their "on location" filming
Thomas Edison invented the....
Vitascope. He purchased rights to a machine that had been developed by Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat, largely taking credit for it, and naming it the Vitascope.
What is the cinema of attractions
is an exhibitionistic (rather than voyeuristic) mode that presents a visual attraction that is of interest in itself, requiring no narrative context.
Historian Georges Sadoul labeled Charles Pathé the _____
"the Napoleon of the cinema," referring to his near-monopolistic control of the international film market until the advent of World War I.
Robert W. Paul, in collaboration with his partner Birt Acres, initiated the first films made in England after they
copied Edison's Kinetoscope in 1895