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The Origins of Cinema  

Cinema was the medium of the 20th century – a global mode of entertainment that engaged and captivated millions. In this class Matthew Solomon examines the 19th century origins of cinema in France and the United States, including discussions of a number of films produced before 1900 by Louis Lumière, Georges Méliès, Thomas Edison, and their collaborators. Edison and Lumière have competing claims to the “invention” of moving pictures, though each had different ideas about what this innovation actually comprised. Méliès was a former shoe manufacturer as well as an illusionist and a caricaturist who immediately used the new medium to create visual illusions and what he called “artificially arranged scenes.” Edison and Méliès constructed studios for making films and, together


  • The Origins of Cinema

  •  Show Description
  • For online courses, a Zoom link will be sent to each registrant 24-48 hours in advance of the class.

  • Fee: $15.00

  • Instructor(s): Matthew Solomon

  • Dates: 5/14/2021 - 5/14/2021

    Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Sessions: 1

    Days: F

  • Building: Online Course

    Room: Online Class

  •  Address: Online Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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