The International Cinema Before World War I

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

 Film library in progress. Comments are welcome.

Please, search by entering text (e.g. film titles or names) into the search box at the right. Click the links at the right to search by country, or use the lists below to look for ‘Pioneers’ or film genres.


INDEX          NEW:  Mabel’s Stratagem        BEST 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
SEGUNDO DE CHOMÓN
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
HORROR: MONSTERS AND SHADOWS 
CATASTROPHE AND DISASTER  –  COMMERCIALS  –  WAR

Stars

Roscoe Arbuckle / Theda Bara / Lionel Barrymore / Francesca Bertini / Lyda Borelli / Annie Bos / John Bunny / Lon Chaney / William F. Cody / Maurice Costello / Dorothy Davenport / Marie Dressler / Marcel Fabre (i.e. Marcel Perez) / W.C.Fields / Flora Finch / Margarita Fischer / Gene Gauntier / Lillian Gish / Dorothy Gish / William S. Hart / Gale Henry / Alice Joyce / Florence La Badie / Florence Lawrence / Mae Marsh / Pina Menichelli / Tom Mix / Asta Nielsen / Mabel Normand / Mary Pickford / Valdemar Psilander / Lydia Quaranta / Wallace Reid / Ruth Roland / Mac Sennett, / Al St. John / Ford Sterling / Gloria Swanson / Blanche Sweet / Norma Talmadge / Alma Taylor / Florence Turner / Henry B. Walthall / Kathlyn WilliamsClara Kimball Young

Bibliography: The Early Silent Cinema


Archive: 1357 films
November 2020
Establ. Nov. 2012


About:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kreimeier, Berlin
Film historian and writer
Author of Die Ufa Story / The Ufa Story, München: Hanser 1992 / NY: Hill and Wang 1996; Berkeley: UCP 1999
“The Ufa Story” online
Biography

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Articles, Essays, Reviews (in German)

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

Impressum & Contact