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Fred Ott's Sneeze (1894)

This early Kinetoscope experiment takes us back to a time when motion pictures were imagined to be just that – still pictures with a bit of movement added – and can be seen as an example of what Edison’s team imagined a portrait might be like in the future. 199 more words

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Troublesome Secretaries (1911)

This is another example of John Bunny’s “situational” style of silent comedy, as opposed to the more familiar “slapstick” comedy of later years. 231 more words


Rebel Without a Cause.

James Dean only made 3 films before his death at age 24. East of Eden came out in early 1955, half a year before its star died in a car crash. 433 more words


Cure for Pokeritis (1912)

Although he’s largely forgotten today, John Bunny was once a major silent star and comedian. He pre-dated the careers of the better-remembered slapstick specialists Chaplin… 248 more words


Fandom of 1914

Movies were still new in 1914, and they didn’t have credits, but audiences were becoming obsessed with their favorite stories, players, and directors. Some alert journalists and gossip columnists were catching on to the existence of a new nobility of actors and stars that could be exploited for public interest, hence the rise of fan magazines. 261 more words

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Barber Shop (1893)

A simple vignette of a men’s society from the nineteenth century, this was another of the experiments with the early Kinetoscope. Four men, a chair and a sign stand in for a typical barber shop. 196 more words


Men Boxing (1891)

This early film experiment is a window into the nature of illusion in another age. It’s not, as it at might appear to be, a recording of a… 184 more words