A Selection of early films: 1896-1913

United Kingdom, 1913

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This selection is designed to illustrate the main stages in the development of the cinema in Britain from the first public performance in 1896 to 1913, when the full-length feature film became firmly established. Titles featured in this compilation are: ‘Train entering a station’ by Lumiere; ‘The Indiarubber head’ by Melies; ‘Queen Victoria’s funeral’; ‘The Revolving table’ by Hepworth; ‘Answering a call’, ‘The Burning stable’ by Hepworth, ‘The Great Train robbery’ by Porter; ‘The Well washed house’ by Zecca; ‘Drama among the puppets’ by Cohl; with extracts from ‘Simple Charity’ by Griffiths and ‘Dante’s Inferno’ and East Lynne.



Edwin S. Porter

Ferdinand Zecca

Emile Cohl

Cecil Hepworth

Georges Melies

Louis Lumiere

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