Klaus Kreimeier

 Based on my book Traum und Exzess. Die Kulturgeschichte des frühen Kinos. Vienna 2011

 Film library in progress. Comments are welcome

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What films reflect are not so much explicit credos as psychological dispositions – those deep layers of collective mentality which extend more or less below the dimensions of consciousness.
(Siegfried Kracauer)

Initiative Filmerbe in Gefahr


FILMS

RAILWAYS, PHANTOM RIDES
The phenomenon of movement: Edison, American Biograph, and more

CIRCUS, VARIETÉ, MUSIC HALL
Entertainment in America and Europe about 1900

SOUND AND COLOUR EXPERIMENTS
Phono cinema, Gaumont’s Phonoscènes, Tonbilder, Kinemacolor

LANDSCAPES, URBAN VIEWS
Aspects of Amsterdam, Moscow, Madrid, New York – and “le bellezze d’Italia”

AUGUSTE AND LOUIS LUMIERE
The French pioneers and their cameramen

GEORGES MÉLIÈS
Craftsman and magician

ALICE GUY
The first female pioneer in early world cinema

LOUIS FEUILLADE
From his beginnings up to ‘Fantômas’

MAX LINDER
Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle, or just: MAX

ALBERT CAPELLANI / LÉONCE PERRET
Masters of psychology

EDWIN S. PORTER
Edison’s producer, director, studio manager and cinematographer

DAVID W. GRIFFITH
His ‘Biograph shorts’ (1908-1914)

CHARLES CHAPLIN 1914/15
From Keystone to Essanay

GERMAN FILMS
Cinema in the German “Kaiserreich”

RE-ENACTMENTS
Performing history by cinematographic means

NON-FICTION, EARLY DOCUMENTARY FILMS I
Newsreels / actualities

NON-FICTION, EARLY DOCUMENTARY FILMS II
Labour, colonial sujets, foreign countries, urban life, sports, nature

DANGEROUS CARS AND AIRPLANES
Modern mobility,  its risks and problems

CHASE FILMS
The most popular film genre of the first decades

EXCESS, DREAM, PARANOIA
Borderline experiences: Gaston Velle, Edwin S. Porter, Abel Gance and others

DRAMA / MELODRAMA I
Films from Denmark, Spain, Australia, The Netherlands, Russia, Italy, USA and more

DRAMA / MELODRAMA II
Jevgenij Bauer, Nino Oxilia, Cecil B. DeMille, Victor Sjöström and many others

ADVENTURE
Rocambole, Agustina de Aragón, Saturnino Farandola – heros and heroines of the 19th century

HISTORY
Films about the history of Ireland, Russia, France, Serbia and more

BURLESQUE
First steps towards the comedy genre:  Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand, Florence Turner, André Deed and many others

COMEDY I
More comic characters: John Bunny and Bert Williams, Charles Prince and Syd Chaplin

COMEDY II
Films from USA, France, Italy, UK, The Netherlands, and Russia

THRILLERS: GANGSTERS AND DETECTIVES
Sherlock Holmes on screen, French bandits, British motor pirates – and Lois Weber, America’s first female director

SERIALS
Anticipating TV: Early film serials from France and USA

MYTHS, MYSTERY, FANTASY
Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, Rusalka and Parsifal (and more)

TRICK FILMS AND CARTOONS
The pioneers: Segundo de Chomón, J. Stuart Blackton, Émile Cohl, Winsor McCay

MONUMENTAL AND BIBLE FILMS
Italy’s Roman past and more films set in antiquity

WESTERN
Broncho Billy, the first western movie hero, and his colleagues

SOCIAL DRAMA
How the cinema discovers the social issues in modern life

EROTICA AND PORNOS
German “Herrenfilme” and French nudities

SHAKESPEARE ON SCREEN
Hamlet, King Lear, Richard III and more

MONSTERS
Golem, Frankenstein and friends: How they came into the world of movies

CATASTROPHE AND DISASTER
The end of the world, fictional

COMMERCIALS
Merchandising cinema

WAR
Italy’s colonial wars and the eve of WWI


Archive: 905 films
June 2017


About:
Klaus Kreimeier, Berlin
Film historian and writer. Author of “The Ufa Story”
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Essays by the author:
Am Anfang war das Chaos. Filmgenres und ihre Genese im frühen Kino (1895–1914)
Die doppelte Verdopplung der Kaiser-Ikone
Entfesselung und Steuerung. Blickstrategien in der frühen Kinematografie
Eine technische Tour de Force. Thomas A. Edison und seine Mitarbeiter
Der geheimnisvolle Club von Joseph Delmont
Als das Morden im Kino begann
Filmstandort Berlin

Magic Moments in Early Film History
Reviews
Le Mystère des roches de Kador
The Musketeers of Pig Alley
Posle smerti (Nach dem Tod)
Det hemmelighedsfulde X (Das geheimnisvolle X)

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