History of Film

Timeline created by Joshua Ellis
In Film
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    know as Germany's silent landmark classic, director Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari established the movement of German film expressionism It was brought to Hollywood in the 1920s, and later influenced future literary and cinematic styles, notably the cycle of Universal's classic period of horror films in the 30s and film noir in the 40s.
  • The technique of test screenings

    The technique of test screenings
    pioneered or invented by silent film comedian Harold Lloyd and producer Hal Roach took initial cuts of films to theaters for unannounced test screenings. After measuring audience laughs, they would recut the films as needed.
  • Nanook of the North

    Nanook of the North
    first feature film documentary or non-fictional narrative feature film. first used by John Grierson in his review of Flaherty's Moana. Flaherty's film helped to usher in the documentary film movement, although it raised some controversy because it recreated or staged some of its hunting scenes, rather than being truly non-fictional.
  • New film gauge

    New film gauge
    Eastman Kodak company introduced a new product that worked for a camera, projector, tripod, screen and splicer. but as it became more and more popular it became a professional format.
  • Alice and wonderland

    Alice and wonderland
    Walt Disney for Laugh-O-Gram Films, directed his first cartoon. Disney's first unfinished film. 56 Alice comedies were released between 1924 and 1927.
  • Battleship Potemkin

    Battleship Potemkin
    a film celebrating the 20th anniversary of an unsuccessful Russian Revolution in 1905 directed by Sergei Eisenstein effectively established the dialectic film montage technique. as an important and innovative structural method to evoke a dramatic response from the juxtaposition of two clashing film shots. Non-linear editing in future films, such as Pulp Fiction owe their stylistic techniques to this film.
  • The first Vitaphone sound film

    The first Vitaphone sound film
    Warner Bros. debuted Don Juan the first vitaphone sound film 'talkie' w/ synchronized sound effects and orchestral music. first mainstream film the replaces live orchestral soundtrack , and successfully coordinated audio sound on a recorded disc.
  • The end of the silent era of films

    The end of the silent era of films
    The effective end of the silent era of films came when Warner Brothers produced and debuted The Jazz Singer.
  • The first surrealist film

    The first surrealist film
    Director Germaine Dulac released the classic The Seashell and the Clergyman. the latter film, filled with irrational and shocking images, opened with the infamous scene of the slashing of a woman's eyeball with a razor blade.
  • Original musical

    Original musical
    Hollywood released its first original musical. It was MGM's first all-talking picture and musical The Broadway Melody was also the first musical to spawn a series of Broadway Melody sequels that stretched out to 1940.It was also one of the first musicals to feature a Technicolor sequence, beginning a trend for other musicals to include color sequences.
  • Fox Grandeur

    Fox Grandeur
    Raoul Walsh's western The Big Trail was shot with a 70mm wide screen film process developed by the Fox Film Corporation.
  • Using the Vitaphone sound-on-disc synchronization system

    Using the Vitaphone sound-on-disc synchronization system
    Italian-Argentinian director Qirino Christiani's animated political satire Peludopolis has been credited as the first animated feature film with sound using the Vitaphone sound-on-disc synchronization system or process.