Some early landmark movies (1890s-1920):

  • 1899: Matches – 30 sec stop-motion, 1st use of animation, encourage audience to send matches to British troops
  • 1902: A Trip to the Moon (14 min) – first science fiction film, innovative use of special effects
  • 1903: The Great Train Robbery (10 min) – multiple camera positions, acceleration editing, introduction of western genre
  • 1914-1918: Claws of the Hun, The Kaiser’s Finish – patriotism propaganda during WWI
  • 1915: Birth of a Nation (3 hour) – very long, extravagant film about the Civil War; very racist
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