The Note-book of a Cinéphile

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

 Film library in progress. Comments are welcome.

How can you search this website and view films?
You can perform a simple search by entering text (e.g. film titles or names) into the search box at the top right. Click the links at the right to search by country, or use the lists below to search by ‘Pioneers’ or film genres.

INDEX

GREATEST HITS


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)

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The Pioneers

AUGUSTE AND LOUIS LUMIERE
GEORGES MÉLIÈS
ALICE GUY
LOUIS FEUILLADE
MAX LINDER
ALBERT CAPELLANI / LÉONCE PERRET
EDWIN S. PORTER
DAVID W. GRIFFITH
CHARLES CHAPLIN 1914/15
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Genres

RAILWAYS, PHANTOM RIDES  –  CIRCUS, VARIETÉ, MUSIC HALL
SOUND AND COLOUR EXPERIMENTSLANDSCAPES, URBAN VIEWS  – RE-ENACTMENTS   
EARLY DOCUMENTARY FILMS I
EARLY DOCUMENTARY FILMS II
DANGEROUS CARS AND AIRPLANES  –  CHASE FILMS
EXCESS, DREAM, PARANOIA
DRAMA / MELODRAMA I  –  DRAMA / MELODRAMA II
ADVENTUREHISTORY  –  BURLESQUECOMEDY I  – COMEDY IISERIALS
THRILLERS: GANGSTERS AND DETECTIVESMYTHS, MYSTERY, FANTASY
TRICK FILMS AND CARTOONS  –  MONUMENTAL AND BIBLE FILMSWESTERN
SOCIAL DRAMAEROTICA AND PORNOS  – SHAKESPEARE ON SCREEN
MONSTERS  – CATASTROPHE AND DISASTER  –  COMMERCIALS  –  WAR

Bibliography: The Early Silent Cinema


Archive: 1121 films
December 2018


About:
Klaus Kreimeier, Berlin
Film historian and writer
Author of The Ufa Story, New York: Hill and Wang 1996; Berkeley: UCP 1999
“The Ufa Story” online
Biography

ShootFilmDontKillIt


Articles, Essays, Reviews (in German)

Walter Benjamin und der Film (2018)

Blicke im Kino – Blicke im Film (2018)
Vom Vampir zum Vamp (2000)
Am Anfang war das Chaos. Filmgenres und ihre Genese im frühen Kino (1895–1914) (2017)
Die doppelte Verdopplung der Kaiser-Ikone (2002)
Entfesselung und Steuerung. Blickstrategien in der frühen Kinematografie (2014)
Eine technische Tour de Force. Thomas A. Edison und seine Mitarbeiter (2010)
Der geheimnisvolle Club von Joseph Delmont (2007)
Als das Morden im Kino begann (2014)
Filmstandort Berlin (1998)

Magic Moments in Early Film History
Reviews

Ma l’amor mio non muore
Le Mystère des roches de Kador
The Musketeers of Pig Alley
Posle smerti (Nach dem Tod)
Det hemmelighedsfulde X (Das geheimnisvolle X)

Further Reading
Klaus Wyborny:

ELEMENTARE FILMGESCHICHTE
ELEMENTARE SCHNITT-THEORIE
RANDOM NOTES ON THE CONVENTIONAL NARRATIVE FILM

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