Edison: The Invention of the Movies

March 12, 2005


A special program celebrating the recent release of a new DVD boxed set, jointly produced by MoMA and Kino International. This landmark project presents 140 films on four discs, spanning the years 1891 to 1918, each mastered from the best surviving archival copies in the collections of the Museum and the Library of Congress. Each film is accompanied by an original musical score specially commissioned for this set, or by Edison cylinder recordings from the period. From the Edison staff’s earliest motion picture experiments in 1891 (Dickson Greeting) through Edwin S. Porter’s narrative milestones from the early years of the 20th century and up to the company’s final release in 1918 (The Unbeliever), Edison: The Invention of the Movies makes available for the first time ever a comprehensive collection of films from this pioneering studio.

Organized by Steven Higgins, Curator, Department of Film and Media.


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