1899 Timelines: 1890 to 1899

Vaudeville theatres establish permanent relations with motion picture exhibition services.


Biograph introduces a new tripod head that allows quick, smooth panning of the camera.


Although the vast majority of films still consisted of one shot, multi–shot films now began to be included in the catalogues of film companies.


In Paris, Ms. Alice Guy is named head of motion picture production for Léon Gaumont.  She is only 26 years old.


Significant Films:

Méliès’s film, “Cinderella”, becomes his most popular and influential film to date.  His use of dissolves when shifting from scene to scene was quickly emulated by other film makers. 


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