Discovering Cinema (DVD)

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Discovering Cinema is a 2-disc DVD set comprised of Learning to Talk and Movies Dream in Color, produced by Lobster Films/Histoire, 2003-2004. Film historians Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg compiled materials from their own Lobster Films collection and material from archives throughout Europe and the USA to create these two historic documentaries illustrating the birth of sound and color cinema, perhaps the greatest cultural achievement of the twentieth century.

Told from a European perspective, American viewers of these documentaries will be surprised by moving footage of Emile Reynaud's pre-cinema animation Pantomimes Lumineuse; the gadget-packed Allefex machine for live sync sound effects; Gaumont's 1905 Chronophone sound film system, using a compressed-air amplifier and their Chronochrome three-color systems; additional unique examples of the Kodacolor lenticular color system, Kinemacolor, an additive system using filters; and NotoFilm in which notes of the intended musical accompaniment streams across the bottom of the silent screen.

Directed By: Eric Lange, Serge Bromberg

Written By: Serge Bromberg

Score By: Neil Brand, Eric le Guen

Language: Silent with English Intertitles

Video: 480i Standard Definition / 1.33:1 / Black and White / Tinted Color

Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: None

Theatrical Release: 1895-1938 / 2003-2004

Runtime: 267 Minutes

Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Region Code: Region 0 (All Regions)

Special Features: Over two-and-a-half hours, featuring two 1908 films with songs performed by Enrico Caruso; an example of a "part-talkie" as an episode of the silent serial "The Collegians"; the first hand-painted Lumière films from the end of the nineteenth century; a vintage stencil-colored Paris fashion review from the mid-1920s; and unique color film images of the Marx Brothers shot in 1930.

Genre: Documentary