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.
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
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.