Film Before Film
Directed by Werner Nekes
Film Before Film
An exhilarating and amusing encyclopedic look at the "prehistory" of cinema. Werner Nekes charts the fascination with moving pictures which led to the birth of film, covering shadow plays, peep shows, flip books, flicks, magic lanterns, lithopanes, panoramic, scrolls, colorful forms of early animation, and numerous other historical artiffices.
Working with these formats, early "producers" created melodramas, comedies, -- as well as lots of pornography -- anticipating most of the forms known today. Nekes probes these colorful toys and inventions in a rich and rewarding optical experience. Film Before Film is a bewildering assault of exotic (and sometimes erotic) images and illusions.
"These primitive special effects retain the power to evoke a childlike wonder." -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"An astonishing array...The images are abundantly beautiful." -- Russell Merritt, Film Quarterly
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