I always love the recovery of lost films and this story on early footage from Ireland really made me want to see the films. Hopefully I will have that opportunity. In any case, it is a good excuse to
Imagine yourself at the movies in the 1910s. By this point, there are real cinemas. You are going to go there with your family, or your friends, or your girl/boyfriend. The movies are still pretty sho
It’s hard to put the Progressive Era more succinctly than the 1912 film The Land Beyond the Sunset, about a boy who has a terrible home life and who gets a ticket to one of those Progressive pic
The reason D.W. Griffith was a great filmmaker isn’t that he had a great moral message, though he most certainly thought of himself as a liberal. Being a pro-Confederate liberal wasn’t exa
This remarkable Alice Guy Blaché film from 1912, Making an American Citizen, is a story in four parts. It shows an eastern European peasant and his wife becoming Americans. In each of the four parts,
An old favorite of mine for tonight, with an emphasis on old. This brilliantly creative 1909 film is a lot of fun. Hard out there for the smoker.
Friends, I present you perhaps the creepiest document in the entire history of film, the 1907 film The Dancing Pig. I have been known to show this students just to give them a taste of the time period
Since we published the westerns podcast earlier today, let’s close out the day with one of the films I discussed in it. This is the astounding 1916 western Hell’s Hinges with William S. Ha