Primitives and Pioneers
A fascinating collection of 60 films from the pre-1910 period of cinema is presented here with optional insightful commentary written by film historian Barry Salt. It includes a selection of 35mm films such as Pathé's Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs and Magic Bricks, plus a newly restored and tinted version of Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery.
This double-disc set provides an entertaining look at how many of today's film devices such as the close-up, the cut-away and editing, were first invented before the turn of the century by filmmakers such as George Méliès (with Voyage à travers I'impossible), G.A. Smith (with Mary Jane's Mishap), and the Hepworth Manufacturing Company (with Rescued by Rover).
The films, all preserved at the BFI National Film and Television Archive, have been remastered for this collection which is a must for the film enthusiast. This delightful anthology comes with a new isolated improvised score in Dolby Digital provided by Neil Brand, Stephen Horne and John Sweeney, pianists at the National Film Theatre in London.
Both discs include optional hard-of-hearing subtitles.
UK | 1895 - 1910 | black & white | silent with music | 187 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
'an outstanding compilation...These are films to delight and instruct and should be owned by all serious moviegoers and teachers.' --Philip French, Guardian