The Story of Film: An Odyssey
covers the history of world cinema, from the 19th century into the digital age.
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1Birth of the Cinema2The Hollywood Dream3The Golden Age of World Cinema4The Arrival of Sound5Post-War Cinema6Sex & Melodrama7European New Wave8New Directors, New Form9American Cinema of the 70's10Movies to Change the World11The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream12Fight the Power: Protest in Film13New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America14New American Independents & The Digital Revolution15Cinema Today and the Future
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The Skeleton of Joy (Le Squelette joyeux, 1897)
The Lumiere brothers early animation of stopmotion trick film of a dancing skeleton, mounted on occasionally visible strings.
More about these early innovators:
From the pioneering Soviet Russian film director and film theorist, often considered to be the "Father of Montage."
A trailer for a non-existent Jan Svankmajer Collection consisting of many short clips from five of his full-length films. Jan Svankmajer is a Czech surrealist artist and filmmaker. His work spans several media. He is known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, Shane Acker, and many others.
Fascinating and disturbing!
early French silent films by George Melies
"the Merry Frolics of Satan" (1906)
A trip to the moon (1902)
watch a student documentary on The Father of Special Effects
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Feature films and shorts
Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.
The Film Wall
TFW or thefilmwall is a social website to get links to watch free movies online. We grow with your contributions of movies links. You can upload and share movies links to your favorite movies...
On view November 22, 2009-April 26, 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. For more information, please visit http://www.moma.org/timburton All images courtesy of Tim Burton and © 2009 Tim Burton Films.
Here is a long list ( though incomplete) of important film directors
and a few films from their careers...