Before The Nickelodeon (DVD)

Directed by Edwin S. Porter and Charles Musser

Release Year: 1982
Running Time: 60
UPC: 7 38329 05892 0
Color Type: Color and B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English [audio]
Select a Format
$24.95 $18.71 (25% off) Buy DVD

Also Available On:

Amazon
Booking Inquiry
Crew
Directed by Edwin S. Porter and Charles Musser

An age of innovation
An era of idealism

The time when American movies were born

BEFORE THE NICKELODEON
The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
A film by Charles Musser

“the rare documentary which enchants while it educates.”
- Carrie Rickey, VILLAGE VOICE

Noted film historian Charles Musser (The Emergence of Cinema) co-wrote and directed this definitive tribute to Edwin S. Porter, Thomas Edison’s mechanic and cameraman, who is now recognized as America’s first important filmmaker and a major contributor to the evolution of film structure. Porter was the first U.S. filmmaker to successfully explore the possibilities of making films with continuous action from shot to shot, instead of single scene films that the showman arranged at the point of exhibition.

From the time of his hugely successful The Great Train Robbery (1903) until Griffith started at Biograph (1908), Porter held center stage in early American cinema. Sadly, however, Edison quickly discarded Porter once his approach to filmmaking seemed to have become old-fashioned.

Narrated by silent-movie actress Blanche Sweet, BEFORE THE NICKELODEON is a treasure trove of rarely seen material, including hand-colored photographs and sixteen complete Porter films, among them The May Irwin Kiss (1896), The Sunken Battleship ‘Maine’ (1898), Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) and Life of an American Fireman (1902-3).

BEFORE THE NICKELODEON:
The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
U.S. 1982 Color/B&W 60 Min.
Produced and Directed by Charles Musser
Written by Warren D. Leight and Charles Musser
Narrated by Blanche Sweet
Executive Producer: Stephen Brier
Associate Producer: Elizabeth Lennard
© 1982 Charles Musser


DVD Extras Include:
  • 3 additional Porter shorts
    • “Waiting at the Church” (1906)
    • “Life of a Cowboy” (1906)
    • “Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show” (1902)
  • Music composed and performed by Ben Model.

“the rare documentary which enchants while it educates.”
- Carrie Rickey, VILLAGE VOICE

  • Best Documentary Nominee Chicago International Film Festival
    Official Selection Berlinale

Interested in bringing Before The Nickelodeon to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Before The Nickelodeon may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.



To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 6:44pm
RT' @CinemaTropical': Have you seen yet the acclaimed Mexican film IDENTIFYING FEATURES by Fernanda Valadez? The best reviewed film of 2021 s…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 5:27pm
We were very moved by this supportive and informative statement from' @ForensicNurses' about TEST PATTERN’s depiction…' https://t.co/Mog8GocPkg'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 4:12pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming in October! Brand New 2K Masters! KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (1974-75) Starring Darren McGavin & Simon Oakland…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 1:17pm
RT' @Carlos_Film': It took a while, but my piece on IDENTIFYING FEATURES (Sin señas particulares), the masterful film by Fernanda Valadez and…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 12:43pm
'.@JaneFonda' "couldn't be happier" about the re-release of F.T.A. and says it "puts a rest to... this false myth tha…' https://t.co/UPOz4cQAL8'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 10:45am
“Stunning in its examination of blackness, whiteness, gender, and class… This is talent. Pure, plain and simple.” –…' https://t.co/sLhgiQO0oW'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 25 2021 at 10:42am
RT' @film_fag': Test Pattern (dir. Shatara Michelle Ford, 2019) - Watched through' @KinoLorber's' Kino Marquee site. In my humble opinion, this…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 8:11pm
RT' @zeitgeistfilms': '.@DailyGrindhouse' interviewed the filmmakers of M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY about how they got' @StephenFry' to narr…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 7:48pm
RT' @RollingStone': Shatara Michelle Ford’s 'Test Pattern' is stunning in its examination of blackness, whiteness, and gender. Read our revie…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 6:14pm
RT' @JustTheDiscsPod': #BlurayDeals -' @KinoLorber' titles for $13.99 each (44% OFF): SOLDIER BLUE:' https://t.co/kVmIzoVdMs' CANYON PASSAGE: htt…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com