A two-reel short from Alliance (produced in England and not the USA as some sources indicate)covering the history of "moving pictures" from 1848 to the (then) present, and even going into ...
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A two-reel short from Alliance (produced in England and not the USA as some sources indicate)covering the history of "moving pictures" from 1848 to the (then) present, and even going into detail about how stationary frames of pictures are made to move, and how Sound is put onto the track. Footage from many silent films is used, including Mary Pickford (identified as Gladys Nicholson) in 1910's "Simple Charity", and Camille's death scene from "La Dame aux cemelias" in which Sarah Bernhardt dies standing on her feet (possibly to ensure the other performers didn't upstage her) and takes her own sweet time doing it. Marlene Dietrich sings "Falling in Love Again" from the English version of "The Blue Angel", which is good as the German-language title of that song is tough to write on a keyboard that has no accent marks. This short's title was changed to "March of the Movies" in the USA, which makes more sense than what most of the US film titles were changed to in England.Written by
Les Adams <email@example.com>
Forty years after he was in charge of Edison's project to make a working motion picture camera, J. Stuart Blackton was credited as director of this movie. I have no doubt that legal action was threatened at some stage; this two-reel short tells the now-standard history of the movies from the American perspective, which is pretty odd for a movie produced in Great Britain. There it was well known that several other competing inventors came up with the camera at the same time or even before Edison. However, the producers undoubtedly had hopes of distributing this film in the US, and why tell the Yanks something they would know to be a lie? You might as well tell them that the light bulb was invented by Joseph Swan in 1860.
As a statement of the standard hagiography of the movies it does a pretty good job, although it departs from the standard as claiming that the talkies hit in 1928. I suspect that the first British movie palace wasn't wired for sound until that year., so that the important people couldn't enjoy Al Jolson unless they had seen him in person. How self-centered some people are!
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