Sunday, May 19, 2013

FIlm History Documentary

Recently, we've watched a film in class about the history of film. I myself am not very knowledgeable on this topic, but I'm not one to pass up an opportunity to learn about something interesting.
  The documentary opens with the story of the Lumiere brothers, the first filmmakers in history. It was fascinating watching the first film reels to be released, and to think that what we consider the norm of the moviegoing experience- immediately sharing the experience of watching a film with others who are in the room- started as staring into a tiny screen by yourself. And even then, film didn't have the fluidity that it does now, and only had just enough to trick the eye into perceiving fluid movement.
  The next section of the documentary detailed the growth of film as a medium and the huge role that different cuts played in the creation of cinematic contemporaneity. Also, I wasn't aware that the use of multiple exposures was used as early as it was. I was under the impression that it hadn't come into common use until at least fifteen years later, but seeing Buster Keaton's film wherein his character was trapped in a movie was very entertaining (and very enlightening) to watch.