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The
Origins of Film

(1900-1927)
 

Contents: The Enchanted Drawing (1900), Fun in a Bakery Shop (1902), Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906), The Narrow Road (1912), A House Divided (1913), How Men Propose (1913), Matrimony’s Speed Limit (1913), A Florida Enchantment (1914), The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914), Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915), Dreamy Dud: He Resolves Not to Smoke (1915), Keeping Up with the Joneses: Women’s Styles (1915), Keeping Up with the Joneses: Men’s Styles (1915), The Phable of a Busted Romance (1916), Bobby Bumps Starts a Lodge (1916), Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing (1916), Krazy Kat — Bugologist (1916), Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus (1916), Mr. Nobody Holme: He Buys a Jitney (1916), Never Again! (1916), The Phable of the Phat Woman (1916), The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy (1917), Mary and Gretel (1917), The Katzenjammer Kids: Police and Pie (1918), W.S.S. Thriftettes (1918), A.W.O.L.; or, All Wrong Old Laddiebuck (1919), Us Fellers: Dud Leaves Home (1919), Within Our Gates (1920), The Centaurs (1921), Gertie on Tour (1921), Too Wise Wives (1921), Sissle and Blake (1923) and The Scar of Shame (1927).

2001 The Library of Congress /
Smithsonian Video DVD edition

The Origins of Film (1900-1927), black & white and color-toned black & white, 560 minutes total, not rated,
including The Enchanted Drawing (1900), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Fun in a Bakery Shop (1902), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Narrow Road (1912), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A House Divided (1913), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, How Men Propose (1913), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Matrimony’s Speed Limit (1913), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A Florida Enchantment (1914), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Dreamy Dud: He Resolves Not to Smoke (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Keeping Up with the Joneses: Women’s Styles (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Keeping Up with the Joneses: Men’s Styles (1915), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Phable of a Busted Romance (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Bobby Bumps Starts a Lodge (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Krazy Kat — Bugologist (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Mr. Nobody Holme: He Buys a Jitney (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Never Again! (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Phable of the Phat Woman (1916), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Mary and Gretel (1917), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Katzenjammer Kids: Police and Pie (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, W.S.S. Thriftettes (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, A.W.O.L.; or, All Wrong Old Laddiebuck (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Us Fellers: Dud Leaves Home (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Within Our Gates (1920), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, The Centaurs (1921), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Gertie on Tour (1921), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Too Wise Wives (1921), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Sissle and Blake (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and The Scar of Shame (1927), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

The Library of Congress/Smithsonian Video, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID9807UMDVD, UPC 0-14381-98072-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, three single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, three plastic DVD trays in cardboard wraps in cardboard slipcase, $79.99.
DVD release date: 13 March 2001.
Country of origin: USA
This 34-film collection, culled largely from the film archive of the Library of Congress, is grouped into sections entitled “Origins of the Gangster Film,” “Origins of the Fantasy Feature,” “Origins of American Animation,” “America’s First Women Filmmakers” and “The African-American Cinema.” Many of the films are transferred from preservation prints copied from nitrate prints and copyright registration paper prints.

The quality is generally very-good, with the animation films chiefly the rougher items in the collection. Unfortunately, this DVD boxset is out-of-print.

 
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Other EARLY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other SHORT DRAMA FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other ANIMATION FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent era MAURICE TOURNEUR films available on home video.

Other silent era films directed by WOMEN DIRECTORS.
 
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