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Pioneers  of  The  Cinema

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Page
Theda Bara Page
Louise Brooks Page
Charley Chase Page
Cecil B. DeMille Page
Douglas Fairbanks Page
Greta Garbo Page
Jean Harlow Page
Harry Langdon Page
Laurel & Hardy Page
Harold Lloyd Page
Fred Thomson Page
Thelma Todd Page
Rudolph Valentino Page
           the founders of United Artists Pictures in 1919: Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford (Fairbanks), and Charlie Chaplin           on this page:

The Pioneers, A-Z

Pioneer Studios


reading material


History of Cinema Pages
History of Cinema Timeline Page

Great Films Before The Academy Awards

Cinema  Pioneers,  A to Z

'Broncho Billy' Anderson won an Honorary Oscar in 1958  Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson [1880-1971] Page
at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

He wrote, produced, directed & starred in almost 400 silent movies

director  Dorothy Arzner  [1897-1979]
browse Dorothy Arzner on DVDbook about careerIMDb listingWikipedia

actress 'diva'  Francesca Bertini  [1892-1985; Italy]
Italy's first great film star in the Silent Era; made over 140 short & feature films in a 12-year career
biography {out of print}IMDb listingWikipedia

"Assunta Spina" silent feature [Italy Oct 1915]
Assunta Spina 1915 silent film starring Francesca Bertini   Filmed in Naples, Italy; a beautiful laundress is engaged to a violent butcher, while also being courted by another. Feeling ignored by her fiance, she dances with the other man and the butcher slashes her face, and is arrested. She lies to try to keep him out of prison, but the jury convicts him anyway. She makes a deal to become the mistress of a corrupt official in return for placing the boyfriend in a prison close enough for her to visit. Then the prisoner is released unexpectedly and discovers the girl's betrayal . . . Movie was released tinted in four colors. Co-directed & co-written by & starring Gustavo Serena; co-directed & co-written by & starring Francesca Bertini; also starring Carlo Benetti, Luciano Albertini, Amelia Cipriani, Antonio Cruichi & Alberto Collo
Kino Video 85-minute b&w DVD [8/2003] for $22.21 as double feature with docufilm below
Kino Video 72-minute b&w VHS [8/2003] for $2.16 {sic}
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
The Last Diva docufilm about Italian silent star Francesca Bertini  
"The Last Diva (L'Ultima Diva: Francesca Bertini)" TV docufilm [RAI-TV 1982]
Written & directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi; in Italian with English subtitles
Kino Video 85-minute DVD [8/2003] for $22.21 as double feature with "Assunta Spina" above
credits at IMDb

Theodore W. Case  [1888-1944]
meager IMDb listing • no entry at Wikipedia

Case Research Laboratory Museum [built 1916] in Auburn, NY
a history of motion picture sound, 1910-1929 {at University of San Diego}

Now We're Talking  
"Now We're Talking: The Story of Theodore W. Case & Sound-On-Film"
[2003] by Antonia K. & Luke P. Colella

Authorhouse 9¼x6¼ pb [11/2003] for $13.95
Authorhouse hardcover [1/2003] out of print/rare

Magic Lantern's
Sir Charles Chaplin  [1889-1977] Page

Segundo de Chomón  [1871-1929; Spain & France]
Often discounted as an imitator of Méliès, his 500 films [1902-27] rank him as a cinema pioneer in his own right
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Los 500 Films de Segundo de Chomon" [1988]
Universidad de Zaragoza Spanish-language hardcover [1988] out of print/imported

Edison's chief assistant
William K.L. Dickson  [1860-1935]

IMDb listing [1890-1903]Wikipedia

Life & Inventions of Thomas Alva Edision book by William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson  
"The Life and Inventions of Thomas Alva Edision" [1894]
by William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson

Nabu Press 9¾x7½ facsimile pb [3/2010] for $25.65

Magic Lantern's
animator Walt Disney  [1901-66] Page

Magic Lantern's Walt Disney Studios Page
Magic Lantern's Disney Films Page

George Eastman  [1854-1932]
no data on IMDb • Wikipedia

Kodak website
George Eastman House Museum of Photography [built 1905; chartered 1947]
P.B.S. George Eastman bio
P.B.S. bio on VHS

Thomas Alva Edison  [1847-1931] Page
at Spirit of America Bookstore

Magic Lantern's
Sergei M. Eisenstein  [1898-1948] Page

Magic Lantern's
Douglas Fairbanks  [1883-1939] Page

Douglas Fairbanks was married to Mary Pickford [1892-1979] from 1920 to 1936.

Louis Feuillade  [1873-1925; France]
browse Louis Feuillade on DVDIMDb listing 1905-24]Wikipedia

Fantômas Complete Saga on DVD  "Fantômas: The Complete Saga - Five Film Collection" DVD Box Set [2010]
Kino Intl. b&w DVD set [9/2010] 3 disks for $23.93
contains 5 silent feature films, restored in 1998 by Gaumont; starring René Navarre {as Fantômas}, Bréon {as Juve), Georges Melchior {as Fandor} & Renée Carl {as Lady Beltham}: "In The Shadow of The Guillotine (Fantômas: À l'Ombre de la Guillotine)" (May 1913) {IMDb}; "Juve Against Fantomas (Juve contre Fantômas)"
[Sept 1913] {IMDb}; "The Dead Man Who Killed (Le Mort Qui Tue)" [Nov 1913) {IMDb}; "Fantomas Against Fantomas (Fantômas contre Fantômas)" [March 1914] {IMDb}; "The False Magistrate (Le Faux Magistrat)" [May 1914] {IMDb}; extras include commentary, image gallery, and 3 bonus films, including Louis Feuillade bio short
Fantômas entry at Wikipedia

restored "Les Vampires" silent 1915 serial  "Les Vampires" [Gaumont silent serial Nov 1915]
A vast gang of crooks who call themselves 'The Vampires' is undone by an intrepid reporter and a reformed member of the gang. Written & directed by Louis Feuillade; starring Musidora {as Irma Vep}, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Fernand Herrmann & Stacia Napierkowska
Image Ent. subtitled silent b&w DVD [4/2005] 2 disks for $34.99
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia
restored "Judex" silent 1916 serial  "Judex" [Gaumont silent serial Dec 1916]
Following French movie pioneer Louis Feuillade's classic "Les Vampires" [1915], he made another great early serial, 12 episodes about a 'caped crusader' avenging wrongs, a precursor to Batman and The Shadow. Co-written & directed by Louis Feuillade; starring René Cresté {as Judex}, Musidora, René Poyen, Édouard Mathé, Gaston Michel & Yvonne Dario
Flicker Alley subtitled silent b&w DVD [6/2004] 2 disks for $39.95
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia
Gaumont Treasures Louis Feuillade on DVD  "Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913" DVD Box Set [2009]
Kino Video b&w DVD set [9/2009] 85+ films on 3 disks for $79.95
DISK 2 contains 13 silent short films written and-or directed from 1907 to 1913 by Louis Feuillade [1873-1925], plus the documentary "Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms" [2009]
DISK 1 is films of Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968]; DISK 3 is of Léonce Perret [1880-1935]

actress Margarita Fischer {Pollard}  [1886-1975]
no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listing [1910-27]Wikipedia

{husband} producer-director Harry A. Pollard  [1879-1934]
no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listing [1910-32] Wikipedia

Margarita Fischer biography by Theresa St. Romain  "Margarita Fischer: A Biography of The Silent Film Star" [2008]
by Theresa St. Romain

McFarland & Co. 10x7 hardcover [3/2008] for $55.00
Uncle Tom's Cabin 1927 silent feature  "Uncle Tom's Cabin" silent feature [Universal Pictures Nov 1927]
Based on the 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe novel; one of the most expensive silent films ever made; the stereotypes and Victorian melodrama are counter-balanced by many moving moments and nail-biting action sequences, especially Eliza's escape across the ice floes. Kino's restoration includes a new recording of the original Movietone orchestral score. Presented by Carl Laemmle; co-produced & directed by Harry A. Pollard; starring Margarita Fischer, James B. Lowe, Arthur Edmund Carewe, George Siegmann, Eulalie Jensen, Mona Ray & Virginia Grey
Kino Video b&w DVD [11/99] out of prodn/used
Kino Intl. b&w VHS [11/99] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

animators  Max & Dave Fleischer
producers of the Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman & Inkwell / Koko the Clown cartoons

more details (history, characters, books, DVDs, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's Fleischer Studios [1921-42] Page

first cinematographer  Wm. Friese-Greene  [1855-1921; U.K.]
Friese-Greene's claims to have invented various methods for motion picture photography are considered
to be false; virtually all of his inventions and patents, including a stereoscopic {3-D} camera (1898),
were either impractical or unsuccessful in the marketplace, and he died a pauper. Yet he is honored
as a cinema pioneer in Britain, because many of his ideas were later manifested by others.

B.F.I. profileIMDb listingWikipedia

"The First Cinematographer" 1999 lifesize bronze sculptures
of Wm. Friese-Greene by Diane Thomson of U.K.
sited at Shepperton & Pinewood & Panavison in U.K. and at Panavision in California

newspaper portrait of William Friese-Greene, circa 1890  "Friese-Greene: Close-Up of An Inventor" biography [1948]
by Ray Allister

Arno Press facsimile edition hardcover [3/72] out of print/scarce
Marsland Publns hardcover [1948] out of print/used
The Magic Box 1952 feature film starring Robert Donat  "The Magic Box" [Festival of Film 1951, U.K. & USA 1952]
Produced by and for Britain's 1951 'Festival of Film', later released as a theatrical feature. Uses double flashback design to tell the story of the British portrait photographer obsessed with inventing a practical motion picture camera, and later a method for color cinematography. Directed by John Boulting; script by Eric Ambler, based on Ray Allister's biography; Technicolor cinematography by Jack Cardiff; with an all-star cast including Robert Donat {as Friese-Greene}, Margaret Johnston, Maria Schell, Richard Attenborough, Frederick Valk, Eric Portman, Laurence Olivier, Stanley Holloway, Michael Hordern, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Rutherford & Peter Ustinov
Region 1 DVD or VHS not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at BFI

Abel Gance  [1889-1981; France]
search for Abel Gance on VHS & DVDIMDb listingWikipedia

actress-writer-director  {Ms.} Gene Gauntier  [1885-1966]
IMDb listing [1906-20]Wikipedia

"The Girl Spy: An Incident of The Civil War" silent short [Kalem/G.F.C. May 1909]
Written by & starring Gene Gauntier; VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; bare credits at IMDb

"The Further Adventures of The Girl Spy" silent short [Kalem/G.F.C. April 1910]
Directed by Sidney Olcott; written by & starring Gene Gauntier; VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; bare credits at IMDb

"The Girl Spy Before Vicksburg" silent short [Kalem/G.F.C. Dec 1910]
Directed by Sidney Olcott; written by & starring Gene Gauntier; VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; bare credits at IMDb

"A Hitherto Unrelated Incident of The Girl Spy" [Kalem 1911]
Many questions exist about this film (or films): one version points to a two-year-long serial starring Gene Gauntier,
based on the success of prior shorts; if so, those episodes may be keyed onto IMDb as separate short films.

Written by & starring Gene Gauntier; bare credits at IMDb

"Blazing The Trail" autobiography serialized in Woman's Home Companion Magazine in 1928

Magic Lantern's
D.W. Griffith  [1875-1948] Page

Magic Lantern's
director  Alice Guy-Blaché  [1873-1968] Page

The only woman filmmaker to this day who owned her own studio.
Blaché made over 700 films; 130 films survive, but only 3 of her 40 features

Gaumont Treasures Alice Guy-Blaché on DVD  "Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913" DVD Box Set [2009]
Kino Video b&w DVD set [9/2009] 85+ films on 3 disks for $79.95
DISK 1 contains 70+ silent short films produced and-or directed from 1897 to 1907 by Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968], including the 33-minute religious epic "La Vie du Christ" aka "The Birth, The Life and The Death of Christ" [1906], and performances by Félix Mayol with 'Phono-Cinema' synchronous sound
DISK 2 is films of Louis Feuillade [1873-1925]; DISK 3 is films of Léonce Perret [1880-1935]

cowboy star  William S. Hart  [1864-1946] Page
at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Magic Lantern's
studio head  Thomas H. Ince  [1882-1924] Page

Magic Lantern's
comedian  Buster Keaton  [1895-1966] Pages

inventor  Louis  Aimé  Augustin  Le Prince  of  France
[1842 - disappeared 1890]

IMDb listingWikipedia

Victorian Cinema's Le Prince page

Missing Reel / Lost Inventor  "The Missing Reel: The Untold Story of The
Lost Inventor of Moving Pictures" [1990]
by Christopher Rawlence

Penguin 7¾x5¼ pb [3/92] out of print/used
Atheneum hardcover [12/90] out of print/rare

Henry Lehrman [1886-1946]

Magic Lantern's
silent-era comedian Max Linder  [1883-1925; France] Page

Lumière Brothers  of  France
Louis [1864-1948] at IMDbAuguste [1862-1954] at IMDb
browse videos/DVDsWikipedia

Institut Lumière museum [est. 1982] in Lyon, France

Festival Lumière [Oct 2016 = #8]

"Our invention has no commercial future whatsoever." — Antoine Lumière, in 1895

Landmarks of Early Film volume 1  "Landmarks of Early Film" Volume 1 [1994]
Image Ent b&w DVD [7/98] for $26.99
includes Edison Kinetoscope films (1894-96), films by the brothers Lumière (1895-97),
films by French special effects pioneer Georges Méliès, documentary 'actualities' {1897-1910),
and selected short films from 1903 to 1913
Lumière and Company film with 40 segments created on the 100-year-old Lumière camera  "Lumière and Company" [France Dec 1995, USA March 1996]
French producers asked 40 modern movie directors to use the 100-year-old Lumière camera to film 52-second shorts; other rules included non-synchronous sound, and maximum of three takes. Participating directors include Merzak Allouache, Theodoros Angelo-poulos, Vicente Aranda of Spain, Gabriel Axel of Denmark, John Boorman, Youssef Chahine of Egypt, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Michael Haneke, Hugh Hudson, Gaston Kaboré, Abbas Kiaro-stami of Iran, Cédric Klapisch, Andrei Konchalovsky of Russia, Patrice Leconte, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, Bigas Luna, David Lynch, Ismail Merchant & James Ivory, Claude Miller, Sarah Moon, Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, Arthur Penn, Lucian Pintilie, Jacques Rivette, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jerry Schatzberg, Nadine Trintignant, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Jaco van Dormael of Belgium, Régis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, Yoshishige Yoshida & Zhang Yimou: participating actors include Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Huppert, Liam Neeson, cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Lena Olin, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman & Max von Sydow
Fox Lorber color/b&w DVD [1/98] for $95.64
Fox Lorber color/b&w VHS [11/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

scientist Étienne-Jules Marey  [1830-1904; France]
French scientist, medical doctor & physiologist, and chronophotographer
credits [1891-94] at IMDbWikipedia
The Étienne-Jules Marey Collection {400 photos} at Cinémathèque Française

"La Machine Animale (Animal Mechanism)" [1873]
"Le Vol des Oiseaux (The Flight of Birds)" [1890]

"Picturing Time: The Work of Etienne-Jules Marey" [Univ Chicago Press, 1992] by Marta Braun

'Marey/Muybridge, pionniers du cinema' exhibition catalog  "Marey/Muybridge, Pionniers du Cinema" [1996]
by Jean-Francois Bazin & Alain Suguenot

catalogue for the May 1995 exhibition at the Palais des Congres in Beaune, Burgundy,
Côte d'Or, France; full title: "Actes du Colloque Marey/Muybridge, Pionniers du Cinema
- Rencontre Beaune/Stanford"

Universite de Stanford 10x8½ French-language pb [1996] out of print/used
more on Muybridge at Magic Lantern's Eadweard Muybridge [1830-1904] Page

director & actor J.P. {John Paterson} McGowan  [1880-1952]
browse DVDscredits [1911-51] at IMDbWikipedia

J.P. McGowan biography by John J. McGowan of Australia  "J.P. McGowan: Biography of A Hollywood Pioneer" [2005]
by John J. McGowan

book was published & reviewed in 2005, but there is no record at
publisher website and no details on Amazon

McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [1/2005] status unclear

"Stunt Love" half-hour TV docufilm [Australia 2011]
Written & directed by Matthew Bate • credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch official trailer [1:21] at Vimeo

Magic Lantern's
Georges Méliès  [1861-1938; France] Page

Georges Melies First Wizard of Cinema DVD box set  "Georges Melies: First Wizard of Cinema" DVD box set [2008]
Flicker Alley b&w/color DVD set [3/2008] 5 disks for $80.99
more than 170 short films by Méliès, fifteen in hand-tinted color, from fragments to half-hour works, including "Partie de Cartes" [1896], "After The Ball" [1897], "The Misfortunes of An Explorer" [1900], "A Trip To The Moon" [1902], "The Kingdom of Fairies" [1903], "The Impossible Voyage" [1904], "The Untamable Whiskers" [1904], "The Palace of The Arabian Knights" [1905], "The Merry Frolics of Satan" [1906], "Conquest of The Pole" [1912], and "Voyage de la Famille Bourrichon" [1913]; extras include Georges Franju's touching filmed tribute "Le Grand Méliès" [1953] (which features son André Méliès & second wife Jeanne d'Alcy Méliès), and a booklet of essays
Georges Melies Encore rediscovered films  
"Méliès Encore: 26 Additional Rare and Original Films By The First Wizard of Cinema, 1896-1911" [2010]
Flicker Alley b&w DVD [2/2010] for $19.95
contains 23 short films by Méliès, from fragments to half-hour works, plus imitator "Excursion To The Moon" and two 'in the Méliès style' by Segundo de Chomon

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  'race' filmmaker  Oscar Micheaux  [1884-1951]
Oscar Micheaux, the son of freed slaves, worked as a Pullman porter and homestead farmer, and wrote autobiographical novels; when Hollywood wouldn't buy his stories, he took up filmmaking in 1919 (at age 35). He was more skilled at marketing movies than at making them, yet the 40-plus film library that he produced over a 30-year span sheds valuable light on the harsh realities of African-American life. His career began to fizzle, along with race films, in the late 1930s, and he died in obscurity. Two-thirds of Micheaux's films are lost, and those surviving are mostly truncated by censorship.

Magic Lantern's Oscar Micheaux Page

cowboy star  Tom Mix  [1880-1940] Page
at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Magic Lantern's
F.W. Murnau [1888-1931; Germany] Page

Magic Lantern's
Eadweard Muybridge [1830-1904] Page

'The Compleat Eadweard Muybridge' fansite

actual frames shot by Eadweard Muybridge, made in 1878

director Sidney Olcott  [1873-1949] +

director G.W. Pabst  [1885-1967] of Austria

Pathé Brothers  of  France

Charles Pathé [1863-1957]
IMDb listingWikipedia

with Émile, Théophile & Jacques Pathé founded

Société Pathé Frères [est. 28 September 1896] of Paris, France
company websiteWikipedia

Red Rooster Scare Making Cinema American book by Richard Abel   "The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910" [1999]
by Richard Abel

During the era of the nickelodeon theater, the French company Pathé dominated film distribution in America & Europe. But then American filmmakers fought back ...
Univ CA Press 8¾x6 pb [3/99] for $32.95
Univ CA Press 9¼x6 hardcover [3/99] for $55.00

Léonce Perret  [1880-1935; France]
search for Léonce Perret on DVDIMDb listing [1909-35]Wikipedia

Gaumont Treasures Léonce Perret on DVD  "Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913" DVD Box Set [2009]
Kino Video b&w DVD set [9/2009] 85+ films on 3 disks for $79.95
DISK 3 contains two silent features written & directed in 1912 & 1913 by Léonce Perret [1880-1935], including the 100-minute silent feature "L'Enfant de Paris (The Child of Paris)" [1913] and the 45-minute silent feature "The Mystery of The Rocks of Kador" [1912], plus the docu-mentary "Léonce Perret: The Filmmaker's Filmmaker" [2009]
DISK 1 is films of Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968]; DISK 2 is of Louis Feuillade [1873-1925]

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  won Oscar for Best Actress for "Coquette" [1929]  won Honorary Oscar in 1976    Magic Lantern's
Mary Pickford  [1892-1979] Page

Mary Pickford was married to Douglas Fairbanks [1883-1939] from 1920 to 1936.

Edwin S. Porter  [1870-1941]
search for Edwin S. Porter on VHS & DVDIMDb listingWikipedia

Edison's "Jack and The Beanstalk" [1902 silent]
watch [10:00] free online at Internet Archive

Before The Nickelodeon documentary film   "Before The Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter" [Oct 1982]
Co-produced, directed & edited by Charles Musser; written by Warren Leight; narration by silent-era star Blanche Sweet
Kino Video b&w/color DVD [4/2008] for $21.99
Kino Video color/b&w VHS [11/98] out of prodn/rare
full credits at IMDb
Before The Nickelodeon / Edwin S. Porter  "Before The Nickelodeon: Edwin S. Porter & The Edison Manufacturing Company" [1991] by Charles Musser
Univ CA Press 9¼x6 pb [6/91] out of print/used
Univ CA Press 9¾x6¾ hardcover [6/91] out of print/used
Thomas Alva Edison Page / Edison Motion Pictures Section

Magic Lantern's
studio head  Hal Roach  [1892-1992] Page

Magic Lantern's Laurel & Hardy Page
Magic Lantern's Little Rascals / Our Gang Page
Magic Lantern's Charley Chase [1893-1940] Page
Magic Lantern's Thelma Todd [1906-35] Page
U.S. Army First Motion Picture Unit {at Hal Roach Studios in WWII) Page

History of Hal Roach Studios book by Richard Lewis Ward  
"A History of The Hal Roach Studios" [2005]
by Richard Lewis Ward

S.I.U. Press 9x6 pb [8/2006] for $16.88
S.I.U. Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2005] out of print/used

Charles Taze Russell  [1852-1916]
autographed portrait of Charles Taze Russell [1852-1916]   No need here to go into the ministerial career of Charles Taze Russell, except to mention that he is a founder of the Jehovah's Witness religion and a hundred years later remains accused of bogus prophecies and of being a Mason. What matters for this Magic Lantern 'Pioneers of Cinema' Page is that Pastor Russell began a project in 1912 to proselytize his Christian teachings using the cinema; his multimedia show "The Photo Drama of Creation" was exhibited with great success starting in 1914, running on a daily basis for months in many locations around the world. The show was comprised of audio recordings of music and of Pastor Russell preaching, with silent film segments (some in color) and glass slides all inter-mixed; the show ran in four segments for a total of eight hours.
IMDb listingWikipedia
Eric P's Pastor Russell fansite {legacy version}
placeholder C.T. Russell fansite {black screen 2013-2016}
EG's C.T. Russell archive & fansite
Charles Taze Russell biography by Fredrick Zydek  
"Charles Taze Russell: His Life and Times - The Man, The Millennium and The Message" [2009]
by Fredrick Zydek

Kindle Edition from Winthrop Press [3/2012] for $9.99 - status unclear 12/2013
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [12/2009] for $26.96

"The Photo Drama of Creation" multi-media show [1914]
'The Photo Drama of Creation' 1914 multi-media show  Produced under the direction of Charles Taze Russell. The show ran in four segments for a total of eight hours and premiered in January 1914 in New York City; it is honored as the first major screenplay to incorporate synchronized sound, moving film, and color slides. The free-admission presentation and a shortened version entitled "The Eureka Drama" are said to have been viewed by over 9 million people (at a time when the U.S. population was 100 million).
watch the show on YouTube (unfortunately in 96 segements)
watch modern edited version [3:41:22} on YouTube
bare credits at IMDbmovie entry on Wikipedia

'Photo-Drama of Creation' screenplay text & photographs  "The Photo-Drama of Creation" [1914]
Companion book of photographs with explanatory text

CreateSpace 9¾x7¾ pb [2/2009] for $44.99
Associated Bible Students 9¾x7¾ pb [2011] out of print/used

William Selig  [1864-1948]
IMDb listingWikipedia

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  Oscar for Best Short Subject for "Wrestling Swordfish" [1931]   Honorary Oscar in 1938      Magic Lantern's
'The King of Comedy'
Mack Sennett  [1880-1960] Page

actress-writer-director Nell Shipman  [1892-1970]
IMDb listingWikipedia
Nell Shipman academic fansite at University of Toronto

"The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart" autobiography [] by Nell Shipman

Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema book by Kay Armatage  
"The Girl From God's Country: Nell Shipman and The
Silent Cinema" [2003] by Kay Armatage

Univ Toronto Press 9¼x6 pb [6/2003] for $39.95
Univ Toronto Press 9½x6 hardcover [6/2003] for $72.00

director  Wm. Desmond Taylor   [1872-1922]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"A Cast of Killers" [1987] by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

"Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at The Dawn of Hollywood" [] by William J. Mann

"Murder In Babylon: A Novel Based On Fact" [12/2014] by Michael B. Druxman

MTS's Wm. Desmond Taylor fansite
BL's 'Taylorology' fansite
DMK's William Desmond Taylor fansite

director  Maurice Tourneur   [France & USA; 1876-1961]
"Motion pictures, first of all, should be impressionistic." ~~ Maurice Tourneur
IMDb listingWikipedia

"The Wishing Ring" [World Film 1914 feature] /tt0004825/ adapted & directed by Maurice Tourneur
"Alias Jimmy Valentine" [1915] /tt0004872/
"The Cub" [1915] is being restored
"A Girl's Folly" [World Film 1917]

"The Poor Little Rich Girl" [Artcraft March 1917] /tt0008443/
directed by Maurice Tourneur; adapted by Frances Marion; starring Mary Pickford

"The Pride of the Clan" [1917] /tt0008458/ starring Mary Pickford
"The Blue Bird" [1918] /tt0008891/
"A Doll's House" [1918] /tt0009020/
"Treasure Island" [1920] /tt0011785/
"The Last of The Mohicans" [1920] /tt0011387/
"Lorna Doone" [1922] /tt0013332/
"Carnival of Sinners" aka "La Main du Diable {The Devil's Hand)" [1943] /tt0035017/

Charles Urban  [1867-1942]
Born in Ohio, made silent films (many in colour) in U.K. then made more in U.S.A. + [1903-1916] +

"A Yank In Britain: The Lost Memoirs of Charles Urban, Film Pioneer" [1999] Edited by Luke McKernan

"A Canine Sherlock Holmes" silent short [Urbanora Films Dec 1912]
poster of 'A Canine Sherlock Holmes' 1912 U.K. silent film  British 1-reeler silent comedy about a Jack Russell terrier who helps the police solve crimes.
Produced by Charles Urban [1867-1942] thru his Urban Trading Company; written & directed by Stuart Kinder; starring Spot the Urbanora Dog
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Alexander Hamilton" silent short [Kineto Films/Vitagraph Aug 1922] /tt0960723/
Produced by Charles Urban

Magic Lantern's
director  King Vidor  [1894-1982] Page

Magic Lantern's
Erich von Stroheim  [1885-1957] Page

co-wrote & directed "Greed" [1924]
acted in Jean Renoir's "The Grand Illusion" [France 1937]
acted in Billy Wilder's "Sunset Blvd." [1950]

director  Lois Weber  [1881-1939]
search DVDs by Lois WeberIMDb listing [1911-34]Wikipedia

Pioneer Movie Studios

Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931] built the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey in 1893.

The Clarendon Film Company was co-founded in 1904 by Percy Stow [1876-1919] and H.V. Lawley; Clarenden had studios at 16 Limes Road, Croydon (South London, U.K) and
produced comic films mostly, which were distributed by Gaumont. By 1906, Clarendon was distributing its own largely-dramatic films, and during 1906-1914 was one of the seven major
film companies in Britain. Lawley left the partnership in 1908, leaving it under Stow’s management. The company was taken over by Harma in 1918.

KinemaColor of U.K. built a movie studio at 4500 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood in 1909; the property was taken over
in 1913 by D.W. Griffith [1875-1948] and renamed Griffith Fine Arts; both "The Birth of A Nation" [1915] and
"Intolerance" [1916] were filmed there. (It burned down in the 1960s and is now a chain grocery store).

Thomas H. Ince [1882-1924] built three studios in the Los Angeles area (1911, 1915 & 1918)
The rural Inceville Ranch property in Pacific Palisades (1911-1922) is now Sunset Blvd.; Triangle Studios in Culver City became
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1924-1986), then Lorimar, and is now Sony Pictures; Ince Studios in Culver City became
DeMille, R.K.O., Pathé, Selznick, and Desilu (1956-77), and is now the independent Culver Studios facility.

'Broncho Billy' Anderson [1880-1971] opened Essanay West Studios in Niles, California in 1912;
the company shut down in 1916.

Mack Sennett & partners founded Keystone Studios in Edendale {today's East Hollywood} in August 1912;
went bankrupt in 1935; currently owned by micro-studio Cineville - still in operation.

Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977] built his own studio at 1416 No. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood in 1917;
currently home of Jim Henson Co. & The Muppets - still in operation.

Hal Roach [1892-1992] built Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California in 1919; rented for
U.S.A.A.F. First Motion Picture Unit during World War II; became industrial park in 1963.

Adolph Zukor's Paramount Pictures built Astoria Studios in 1920 in Astoria, Queens, New York - still in operation.

Paramount constructed a new studio facility on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood in 1927.

Reading  Material  about  Pioneer  Cinema

First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen book by Carolyn Lowrey  "The First One Hundred: Noted Men and Women of The Screen" [1920]
by Carolyn Lowrey

Univ Michigan Library 9x7 pb [4/2009] for $18.89
Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [11/2013] for $19.61
Kessinger Publng 9¾x7 hardcover [9/2010] for $28.76
Moffat, Yard & Co. hardcover [1920] out of print/scarce
Hollywood Pioneers  "Hollywood: The Pioneers" [1979]
by Kevin Brownlow & John Kobal

Knopf hardcover [3/80] out of print/used
HarperCollins hardcover [10/79] out of print/used
Emergence of Cinema to 1907  "The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen To 1907" [1990]
by Charles Musser
(History of The American Cinema, Vol. 1)
Univ CA Press 10x7 pb [5/94] for $34.95
Scribner's 10¼x7½ hardcover [2/90] for $99.00
Transformation of Cinema  "The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915" [1990]
by Eileen Bowser
(History of The American Cinema, Vol. 2)
Univ CA Press 10x7 pb [5/94] for $18.21
Scribner's 10¼x7½ hardcover [12/90] for $99.00
Who's Who of Victorian Cinema  "Who's Who of Victorian Cinema: A Worldwide Survey" [1996]
Edited by Stephen Herbert & Luke McKernan

British Film Institute 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/96] out of print/used

companion website

Celebrating / Centenary of Cinema  "Celebrating 1895: The Centenary of Cinema" [1998]
Edited by John Fullerton

Indiana Univ Press hardcover [11/98] out of print/used
Silent Stars Speak interviews book by Tony Villecco  "Silent Stars Speak: Interviews With Twelve Cinema Pioneers" [2001]
by Tony Villecco

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [2001] for $39.95
interviewees include: child star 'Baby Peggy', Priscilla Bonner, Virginia Cherrill, Pauline Curley, "Our Gang" member Jean Darling, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Francis Lederer, Molly O'Day, Anita Page, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, David Rollins, and director Andrew Stone
Fort Lee Film Town book by Richard Koszarski  "Fort Lee: The Film Town" [2005]
by Richard Koszarski

John Libbey & Co. 9¼x7¾ pb [4/2005] for $27.95
Indiana Univ Press 9¾x8 hardcover [4/2005] out of print/used
From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen  "Before Hollywood: From Shadow Play To The Silver Screen" [2005]
by Paul Clee

Clarion Books 9x9 pb [8/2005] for $14.96
Images of America Fort Lee, NJ / Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry  "Images of America: Fort Lee - Birthplace of The Motion Picture Industry" [2006]
by Fort Lee {NJ} Film Commission

Arcadia Publng 9x6¼ pb [9/2006] for $15.59
Images of America Silent-Era Filmmaking In Santa Barbara  
"Images of America: Silent-Era Filmmaking In Santa Barbara" [2007]
by Robert S. Birchard

Arcadia Publng 9x6¼ pb [7/2007] for $19.99
Hollywood On The Hudson book by Richard Koszarski  "Hollywood On The Hudson: Film & Television In New York From Griffith To Sarnoff" [2008] by Richard Koszarski
Rutgers Univ Press 10x7 hardcover [7/2008] for $28.76
covers East Coast filmmakers, writers & actors: Thomas Edison, animators Max & Dave Fleischer, D.W. Griffith, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Oscar Micheaux, Paul Robeson, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, and others

"Silent Film Quarterly" [est. Nov 2015]
Edited & published by Charles Epting • official website

Silent Film Quarterly Magazine edited & published by Charles Epting   "Silent Film Quarterly Issue 1" [Fall 2015]
56-page 9x6 magazine [11/2015] for $8.00
"Silent Film Quarterly Issue 2" [Winter 2015-2016]
64-page 9x6 magazine [12/2015] for $8.00
"Silent Film Quarterly Issue 3" [Spring 2016]  4/2016
60-page 9x6 magazine [4/2016] for $8.00

Videos & DVDs

Hollywood Celebration  "Hollywood: A Celebration of The American Silent Film" [H.B.O. 1980]
Written & directed by David Gill & Kevin Brownlow, narration by James Mason
Vol. 1: "The Pioneers" HBO VHS [6/98] out of prodn/used
Vol. 2: "In the Beginning" HBO VHS [6/98] out of prodn/used

complete box set
HBO b&w/color VHS [10/2001] 13 tapes - out of prodn/rare
series credits from IMDb

Landmarks of Early Film volume 1  "Landmarks of Early Film" Volume 1 [1994]
Image Ent b&w DVD [7/98] for $26.99
includes Edison Kinestoscope films (1894-96), films by the brothers Lumière (1895-97),
films by French special effects pioneer Georges Méliès, documentary 'actualities' {1897-1910),
and selected short films from 1903 to 1913
Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee on DVD  "Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee: Early Moviemaking In New Jersey"
Image Ent. color/b&w DVD [5/2003] for $22.49
includes 40-minute featurette produced by Fort Lee Film Commission in 1964, plus a half-hour version of Maurice Tourneur's "A Girl's Folly" [World Film 1917] showing scenes inside a movie studio; D.W. Griffith's "The New York Hat" [Biograph 1912 short] starring Mary Pickford & Lionel Barrymore; "The Wishing Ring" [World Film 1914 feature] adapted & directed by Maurice Tourneur; and portions of Edwin S. Porter's "Rescued From The Eagle's Nest" [Edison 1908 short] and D.W. Griffith's "The Curtain Pole" [Biograph 1909 short] starring Mack Sennett & Florence Lawrence

Silent  Film  Festival  Links
Yorkshire Silent Film, Ltd. [est. 2015] in Leeds, U.K. - produces events year-round
the first Dutch Silent Film Festival [Jan 2018 = #1] in Eindhoven, NL
The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema [once only March 2011] in Falkirk, Scotland
Toronto Silent Film Festival [April 2018 = #10] in Canada
Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit [May 2017 = #30]
Yorkshire Silent Film Festival [May 2018 = #3] in Leeds, U.K. - official website (expired 2017)Facebook
San Francisco [CA] Silent Film Festival Winter Event [May-June 2018 = #14]
Internationale Stummfilmtage / International Silent Film Festival [Aug 2018 = #34] in Bonn, Germany
Forssa Silent Movie Festival [Aug 2018 = #18] in Finland
British Silent Film Festival [Sept 2017 = #18] in Leicester, UK
Denver Silent Film Festival [Sept 2017 = #7]
Shasta County Arts Council Silent Film Festival [Oct 2018 = #12] in Redding, CA

Cinema  Pioneers  &  Stars  Links

Cinema Pioneers category at Wikipedia

Women Film Pioneers Project [est. 1990s] at Columbia University in New York City

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle [1887-1933]
Theda Bara [1885-1955]
Louise Brooks [1906-85]
Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977]
Charley Chase [1893-1940]
Cecil B. DeMille [1881-1959]
Walt Disney [1901-66]
Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931]
Sergei Eisenstein [1898-1948]
Douglas Fairbanks [1883-1939]
W.C. Fields [1880-1946]
Max & Dave Fleischer / Fleischer Studios
Abel Gance of France
Greta Garbo [1905-90]
D.W. Griffith [1875-1948]
Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968]
Jean Harlow [1911-37]
William S. Hart [1864-1946]
Thomas H. Ince [1882-1924]
Buster Keaton [1895-1966]
Harry Langdon [1884-1944]
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
Max Linder [1883-1925] of France
Harold Lloyd [1893-1971]
Lumière Brothers of France
J.P. McGowan
Georges Méliès [1861-1938] of France
Oscar Micheaux [1884-1951]
Tom Mix [1880-1940]
F.W. Murnau [1888-1931] of Germany
Eadweard Muybridge [1830-1904]
G.W. Pabst of Austria
Pathé Brothers of France
Mary Pickford [1892-1979]
Edwin S. Porter
Hal Roach [1892-1992]
Mack Sennett [1880-1960]
Wm. Desmond Taylor
Fred Thomson [1890-1928]
Thelma Todd [1906-35]
Rudolph Valentino [1895-1926]
King Vidor [1894-1982]
Erich von Stroheim [1885-1957]

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