First Stories: Early Film Narratives, 1901-1913

Sep 16, 2013

(Various directors, United States/France/Britain, 16mm, 90 min)

As the pure novelty of moving pictures lost its allure during cinema's early history, the "cinema of attractions" quickly gave way to storytelling. The first decade of the 20th century saw rapid developments in how to achieve narrative in cinematic form.  Drawing initially from theatrical traditions, filmic grammar evolved, and a new art form was born.

Tonight the Sprocket Society presents a program of short films that trace the early evolution of narrative cinema, with famous and obscure selections from America, France, and Britain.

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