Annie Oakley, Sharpshooter, 1894

Filmed November 1, 1894, via Kinetoscope in Thomas Edison’s Black Maria studio by William Heise and W.K.L. Dickson, Annie Oakley was about the 11th film made after commercial showings began on April 14, 1894. Oakley’s early movie star opportunity followed from Buffalo Bill and Thomas Edison’s friendship, which developed after Edison personally built for the …

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George Méliès and the Wonders of Cinema

It is interesting to think that by the end of the nineteenth century people were already watching movies. Perhaps not actually going to the cinema, and movies certainly weren’t widespread. But that quickly changed in a handful of years. At the beginning of the next century there were already movie companies, several producers, even theatres …

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