Sunday, March 21, 2010

EARLY CINEMA (1890-1919)

Okay, I cheated and jumbled two decades of film together for this final post. But only because I admittedly haven't seen as many movies from the earlier years of cinema. Too many shameful blind spots honestly. And many of the titles that have eluded me are either unavailable to see online or simply aren't printed on dvd or vhs. For the lack of variety, I apologize. But for now, these are the 10 pieces from the period that I think really stick out as special. They're all interesting and influential in some way. Make sure you take a gander at my previous posts in this DECADE series before continuing: 2000s, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s, 20s



recap
1890-1919
  1. INTOLERANCE (D.W. Griffith)
  2. GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
  3. CABIRIA (Giovanni Pastrone)
  4. BROKEN BLOSSOMS (D.W. Griffith)
  5. TRUE HEART SUSIE (D.W. Griffith)
  6. THE TRAMP (Chaplin)
  7. THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE (Victor Sjöström)
  8. THE DOLL (Ernst Lubitsch)
  9. FOUR TROUBLESOME HEADS (Méliès)
  10. J'ACCUSE! (Abel Gance)
  11. CAMERMAN'S REVENGE (Wladyslaw Starewicz)
  12. FANTASMAGORIE (Émile Cohl)
  13. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  14. BURLESQUE ON CARMEN
  15. CRAZYBRAINS & HIS WONDERFUL AIRSHIP (Méliès)
  16. FRANKENSTEIN (J. Searle Dawley)
  17. VOYAGE TO THE MOON (Méliès)
  18. THE CAMERMAN'S REVENGE (Wladyslaw Starewicz)
  19. GERTIE THE DINOSAUR (Winsor McCay)
  20. BUMPING INTO BROADWAY (Hal Roach)




I encourage all of you to post your favorite pics of this era (or films you think I've shafted) in the comments section below.

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