Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers DVD5 + DVD9
The BFI's fascinating collection of 60 short films all made before 1911 comes to DVD with the aim of giving wider access to some of the extraordinary film material held in the National Archive, much of which has been restored. Although most films made at this time were actualities and newsreels, this collection contains mostly fiction films, ranging from the dramatic to the comic and the fantastical.

This double-disc set provides an entertaining look at how many film techniques such as the close-up, the cut-away and editing, were first invented by film-makers before the turn of the century.

DVD5 + DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 4.29 Gb + 7.08 Gb + 3% rec
Language: music track
Subtitle: English (for commentary)

Amongst the many gems in this compilation are:

* 13 shorts by the Lumiere brothers, which formed the first projected film show to a paying public in Britain - at Regent Street Polytechnic in 1896.
* George Melies' 'Voyage a travers l'impossible'.
* Birt Acres' Rough Sea at Dover.
* Nine films by the Pathe Brothers, including 'Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs' and an example of early film voyeurism in 'Peeping Tom'.
* Five films from the Hepworth Company, including the highly successful kidnapping drama 'Rescued by Rover'.
* An actuality publicity film commissioned by the biscuit company Peek Frean & Co.
* 'A Day in the Life of a Coalminer', a documentary produced by the Kineto Production Company in 1910.
* From the Edison Company; Dewar's It's Scotch (reputedly the first advertising film), Edwin S Porter's The Gay Shoe Clerk, The Great Train Robbery and the popular The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (adapted from Winsor McCay's comicstrip).

There are also films by R W Paul, George Albert Smith, Sheffield Photographic Company, Walter Haggar, James Bamforth and James A Williamson. New improvised scores provided by Neil Brand, John Sweeney and Stephen Horne, pianists at the BFI's National Film Theatre, accompany the films.


Sortie d’usine (1895)
Repas de be'be' (1895)
De'molition d’un mur (1895)
Le Jardinier et le petit espie`gle (1895)
Arrive'e des Congressistes a` Neuville-sue-Sa^lone (1895)
Arrive'e d’un train en gare a` La Ciotat (1895)
Partie d’e'carte' (1895)
Barque sortant du port (1895)
Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1896)
Bataille de boules de neige (1896)
Pompiers a` Lyon (c.1896)
Niagara (1897)
Spanish Bullfight (1900)
Voyage a` travers l’impossible (extract) (1904)
Rough Sea at Dover (1895)
Come Along, Do! (1898)
The Derby (1896)
The Countryman and the Cinematograph (1901)
A Chess Dispute (1903)
Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903)
Buy Your Own Cherries (1904)
The (?) Motorist (1906)
The Miller and the Sweep (1898)
The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)
Let Me Dream Again (1900)
Grandma’s Reading Glass (1900)
As Seen Through a Telescope (1900)
Sick Kitten (1903)
Mary Jane’s Mishap (1903)
Daring Daylight Burglary (1903)
Desperate Poaching Affray (1903)
The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)
Ladies’ Skirts Nailed to a Fence (c.1900)
The Biter Bit (1900)
Rough Sea (c.1900)
Attack on a China Mission (1900)
The Big Swallow (c.1901)
Stop Thief! (1901)
Fire! (1901)
An Interesting Story (1905)


How It Feels to Be Run Over (1900)
Explosions of a Motor Car (1900)
Rescued by Rover (1905)
The Other Side of the Hedge (1905)
That Fatal Sneeze (1907)
A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.’s Biscuit Works (1906)
A Day in the Life of a Coalminer (1910)
Par le trou de la serrure (1901)
Histoire d’un crime (1901)
Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs (1905)
Re^ve et re'alite' (1901)
La Re'volution en Russie (1905)
Aladin ou la lampe merveilleuse (1906)
Le Cheval emballe' (1907)
The Physician of the Castle (1908)
Magic Bricks (1908)
Dewar’s – It’s Scotch (1898)
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

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