Reviews of “Dickson Greeting” (1891) and related work

“Dickson Greeting” (1891) IMDb

Apparently the first physical film shown to the public, namely some women’s club heads visiting Edison’s studio. Like other early Edison Manufacturing Company films, this was viewed through the window of a cabinet called the Kinetoscope, not projected on screen, but were literally films of thin translucent material. They’re mostly experiments around the idea of being able to record and recall motion from anywhere, mostly lacking in content.

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“Blacksmith Scene” (1893) IMDb

The leftmost man does not really drink, instead performing.

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“Annie Oakley” (1894) IMDb

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“Athlete with Wand” (1894) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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“Bucking Broncho” (1894) IMDb

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“Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph” (1894) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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“Glenroy Brothers” (1894) IMDb

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“Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze” (1894) IMDb

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“Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope” (1894) IMDb

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“Dickson Experimental Sound Film” (1894) IMDb

The oldest extant sound film. Adorable.

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“Buffalo Dance” (1894) IMDb

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“Annabelle Serpentine Dance” (1895) IMDb

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“Feeding the Doves” (1896) IMDb

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“Falls of Minnehaha” (1897) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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“Sutro Baths, No. 1” (1897) IMDb

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“Fast Mail, Northern Pacific Railroad” (1897) IMDb

The composition emphasizes the size of the train, showing development in the genre.

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“Hockey Match on the Ice” (1898) IMDb

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“Tourists Going Round Yellowstone Park” (1899) IMDb

No attempt to show nature; all you need is moving wagons.

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“Arabian Gun Twirler” (1899) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

Apparently the man (Hadji Cheriff) is authentic, which shows some ambition.

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“Battle of Mafeking” (1900) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

This reenactment prefigures fiction film epics, but it’s poorly done.

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“White Horse Rapids” (1900) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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“Champs de Mars” (1900) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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“Bird’s-Eye View of Dock Front, Galveston” (1900) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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“Army Pack Train Bringing Supplies” (1906) IMDb

Seen in 2013.

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