1898 Timelines: 1890 to 1899

The sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor gives rise to a multitude of Spanish–American War films.


Edison files a patent–infringement suit against the Biograph Company.


Edison’s lawyers visit two theater producers and warn them against exhibiting foreign films in America.


Germany produces its first film.


Significant Films:

The Biograph film, “Divers at Work on the Wreck of the Maine”, is the first film shot at the actual location of the sunken warship.

Venues showing the film version of “The Passion Play of Oberammergau”, employ a lecturer  who gives a running commentary during each showing.  Despite the fact that it is not a film of the actual famous religious play, but a “recreation” that was produced in New York City, it succeeds in appealing to all stratums of society and exposes a larger audience to motion pictures.


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