Edwin S. Porter (1869–1941) was among the first notable directors to emerge on this side of the Atlantic. Charles Musser’s documentary—narrated by Blanche Sweet, one of D. W. Griffith’s earliest and greatest stars—is a charming and touching look at Porter’s life and career.
Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter. 1982. USA. Directed by Charles Musser. 60 min.
Edwin S. Porter Program I. 1903–08. USA. Directed by Porter. Program includes The Life of an American Fireman, The Gay Shoe Clerk, The Great Train Robbery, The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, and Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest (produced by Porter, directed by E. Searle Dawley, and featuring D. W. Griffith). 33 min.
Fighting the Flames, Dreamland, Coney Island. 1904. USA. Directed by Porter. 6 min.
Hippodrome Races, Dreamland, Coney Island. 1905. USA. Directed by Porter. 4 min.
All films silent, except Before the Nickelodeon.
In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film
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