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first important movie was The Great Train Robbery, above, directed by
Edwin S. Porter in 1903. It described a train robbery and the pursuit
and capture of the bandits. Porter was the first director to use modern
film techniques to tell a story.
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first movie theatres were called nickelodeons. Most nickelodeons were
stores converted into theatres by adding chairs. They charged ficve
cents. They showed silent movies, while a pianist played music that
suited the action on the screen.
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Birth of a Nation,
directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915, was the first American motion-picture
epic. The film dealt with the American Civil War and the period that
followed. The movie featuresd spectacular battle scenes.
New Moving Pictures
The DC current
was also put to use to create the arc lamp for the first motion picture
show in Indianola, for which Daddy was the projectionist; this happened
in about 1908. He was also the sound man, playing records to accompany
the film. This practice turned out to be the forerunner of the early
movie background music. The picture show where Daddy worked also sometimes
would feature live piano music from a fellow paid to embellish the
film. The subsequent talkie pictures were eventually responsible
for displacing much of the live talent, including the vaudeville shows
that Daddy loved so much. Such is a price paid for progress.