1904 Timelines: 1900 to 1909

The French motion picture company, Pathè Frères (referred to as Pathè), sets up an office in New York City to protect and distribute its films. Their films, which cover a wide range of subjects and genres, prove to be so popular in the U.S. that the Edison Company buys prints and distributes duplicates.


The 35mm-film width, and a projection speed of 16 frames per second, are now accepted as an industry standard.


The films made by Méliès decline in popularity because he does not adapt to the public’s interest in new subjects.


Significant Films:

Biograph copyrights its film, “The Moonshiner”, with narrative titles (called “intertitles”) already included in the film. All of their subsequent fiction “feature” films (story films) will include intertitles.

Biograph’s film, “Personal”, is perhaps the first movie to include a chase scene played for laughs.


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