|Genres||Biography Documentary History|
|Cast||Blanche Sweet Jay Leyda Rob Issen Robert Sklar Robert Rosen Mitchell Kriegman Peter Davis D.A. Pennebaker Milos Forman Warren Leight Rick King Anthony Potter Louis Malle Robert Altman Jim Walton Michael Peyser Grahame Weinbren Steve Brier|
|Plot||This documentary is produced by one of the world's foremost authorities and biographers of 'Edwin S. Porter' (qv). Since little is known of Porter's personal life, the emphasis here is on his technique and contributions to the art of the cinema. This film also serves as a documentary on the origins of the American cinema; Porter's work is showcased in the context of the whole American cinema of his day, from mutoscope parlors to the advent of the projected image.... search for Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter on IMDb|
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|Noted film historian Charles Musser (The Emergence of Cinema) co-wrote and directed this definitive tribute to Edwin S. Porter, Thomas Edison s mechanic and cameraman, who is now recognized as America s first important filmmaker and a major contributor to the evolution of film structure. Porter was the first U.S. filmmaker to successfully explore the possibilities of making films with continuous action from shot to shot, instead of single scene films that the showman arranged at the point of exhibition. From the time of his hugely successful The Great Train Robbery (1903) until Griffith started at Biograph (1908), Porter held center stage in early American cinema. Sadly, however, Edison quickly discarded Porter once his approach to filmmaking seemed to have become old-fashioned. Narrated by silent-movie actress Blanche Sweet, BEFORE THE NICKELODEON is a treasure trove of rarely seen material, including hand-colored photographs and sixteen complete Porter films, among them The May Irwin Kiss (1896), The Sunken Battleship Maine (1898), Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) and Life of an American Fireman (1902-1903).|
Special Features: Three Additional Porter Shorts: UNCLE JOSH AT THE MOVING PICTURE SHOW (1902) - WAITING AT THE CHURCH (1906) - LIFE OF A COWBOY (1906)
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