Celebrating the History of Motion Pictures from 1890 to 1960

First Actor to be Filmed Doing a Death Scene

The Roaring Twenties 1939

The very first death scene we can find on record was filmed by Thomas Edison’s production company between May 10–19, 1895. Unfortunately, the catalogue entry does not list the cast. It is possible that David Henderson played Svengali. The scene was from David Henderson’s Burlesque that recreated an episode from “Trilby”, the 1894 novel by … Read more

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Casablanca (1942)


“Casablanca” was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including the Oscar for Best Picture. In 1989, “Casablanca” was among the first twenty-five films named to the National Film Registry.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951

The Day the Earth Stood Still won the 1951 Golden Globe Award for “Best Picture Promoting International Understanding”. It was also nominated that year for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Score”.

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The History Of “Aspect Ratio” In Movies

TV Aspect Ratio 4:3

Why the original 4:3 aspect ratio was chosen from the very earliest stage of motion picture development remains something of a puzzle. Although the 4:3 ratio had been used often for 19th Century lantern slides and photographs, there was no “standardized” format at that time.

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James Dean – Hollywood’s Rebel

James Dean 1954

James Dean is one of only five people to have been nominated for a “Best Actor” Academy Award for their first feature role, and the only one nominated posthumously for an Academy Award twice.

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