The Great Train Robbery At Salon Indien Du Grand Cafe Essay

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A series of outstanding breakthroughs in moving picture technology drove the Lumiere brothers to create a device of their own, which went by the name of cinematograph. Little did they know that their invention was soon to spawn an industry of its own, an industry that had its roots planted when the first public screening took place on December 28, 1895, at Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris. Tough primitive, its influence is undeniable as further developments in the narrative structure gave birth to feature films of which we are so fond, today. "From the point of view of film societies and their first audiences, feature films were largely – if not exclusively – the name of the game. A highly selective canon of early cinema had begun to emerge: a mixture of iconic samples from the “founding fathers” (again, Edison and Lumière), curiosities (Williamson ’ s A Big Swallow [1901]), landmarks (Edwin S. Porter ’ s The Great Train Robbery [1903]), and harbingers of things to come with the advent of “full-length” films, the stuff cinephiles and critics were admittedly interested in." (Horak L.,"A Companion to Early Cinema") , page 529 Porter is described as "the first American cameraman-director . . . who undertook to tell an audience stories through visual images on film" (p. 27) The Great Train Robbery (1903) is equated with the nickelodeon boom (1908) (p. 28). (Fell, J. 1981, Griffith: First Artist of the Movies) "Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S.…

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