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2015 in film

2015 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, festivals, and a list of films released and notable deaths.

1888 in film

Thomas Edison meets with Eadweard Muybridge who proposes a scheme for sound film. George Eastman files for a patent for his photographic film. Etienne-Jules Marey starts work on his chronophotographe camera with 90 mm wide roll paper film. Charle ...

1889 in film

William K. L. Dickson completes his work for Thomas Edison on the Kinetograph cylinder either in this year or 1890. Monkeyshines No. 1 becomes the first film shot on the system. The first moving pictures developed on celluloid film are made in Hy ...

1890 in film

The first moving pictures were developed on celluloid film by William Friese Greene, a British inventor, in Hyde Park, London in 1889. The process was patented in 1890. William K. L. Dickson completes his work for Thomas Edison on the Kinetograph ...

1891 in film

March – William K. L. Dickson successfully develops a working prototype of the Kinetoscope which moves horizontally. May 20 – First public display of Thomas Edisons prototype horizontal kinetoscope: Dickson Greeting is shown at Edisons Laboratory ...

1892 in film

Max Skladanowsky develops a camera and shoots his first footage this year, but its unusual interleaved image format leaves him ultimately unable to exhibit it until work is completed on the Bioskop projector in late 1895. The final revisions to t ...

1893 in film

First major public movie show, Worlds Columbian Exposition. Thomas Edison builds Americas First Movie Studio, the Black Maria. Blacksmith Scene is made and presented by Thomas Edison.

1894 in film

William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film. January 7 Thomas Edison films his assistant, Fred Ott sneezing with the Kinetoscope at the "Black Maria." April 14 – The first commercial presentation of the Kinetoscope took plac ...

1895 in film

William Kennedy Dickson and his sister Antonia publish History of the Kinetograph, Kinetoscope, and Kinetophonograph in the United States with a preface by Thomas Edison, the first history of the subject. Gaumont Pictures founded by the engineer- ...

1896 in film

The Lumiere Brothers first project their films in Britain, at the Empire Theatre of Varieties, Leicester Square. February 20 – In London January 14 – Birt Acres demonstrates his film projector, the Kineopticon, the first in Britain, to the Royal ...

1897 in film

Enoch J. Rector develops a 63 mm film format called Veriscope, which films The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight on March 17. Thomas Henry Blair develops a 48 mm film format called Viventoscope. June 20 – Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee procession filmed ...

1898 in film

The following is an overview of the events of 1898 in film, including a list of films released and notable births. The Spanish–American War was a popular subject. Several films made by Col. William N. Selig dealt with the subject of war preparati ...

1899 in film

Mitchell and Kenyon of Blackburn in the north of England release three fiction films under the Norden brand which attract national attention – The Tramps Surprise, The Tramps and the Artist and Kidnapping by Indians, the latter being the first We ...

1900 in film

Reulos, Goudeau & Co. invent Mirographe, a 21 mm amateur format. Gaumont-Demeny release their own 15 mm amateur format, Pocket Chrono. Release of the first film version of Hamlet, an adaptation of the duel scene, with French actress Sarah Bernhar ...

1901 in film

Edwin S. Porter is put in charge of Thomas Edisons motion-picture production company. Thomas Edison closes "Americas First Movie Studio", the Edisons Black Maria.

1902 in film

April 2 – Thomas Lincoln Tally opens the Electric Theater, the first permanent movie theater, in Los Angeles. Tally co-founds the First National Exhibitors Circuit in 1917. August 9 – Georges Melies film The Coronation of Edward VII a staged simu ...

1903 in film

William N. Seligs war film A Soldiers Dream is released. The film shows soldiers playing cards and music around a campfire. Scholars have speculated that the double-exposed image used to create one soldiers dream sequence may have been inspired b ...

1904 in film

23 June: Marcus Loew founds the theatre chain, the Peoples Vaudeville Company, which later was renamed Loews Theatres which was the oldest theatre chain operating in North America when it was merged with AMC Theatres in 2006 William Fox purchases ...

1905 in film

December 16 – Variety, an entertainment trade newspaper that would later cover the film industry, is published for the first time in New York City. Aleksandr Khanzhonkov begins filming his first documentaries. Pathe Freres colors black-and-white ...

1906 in film

Carl Laemmle opens one of the first movie theaters in Chicago. December 26 – The worlds first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, is released.

1907 in film

The Kalem Company founded in New York City by Frank J. Marion, Samuel Long, and George Kleine. November 28 - In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater in a few years he had the largest theater ch ...

1908 in film

November 18 – Release in France of The Assassination of the Duke of Guise La Mort du duc de Guise, the first film with a screenplay by an eminent man of letters, the playwright Henri Lavedan; it is also directed by two men of the theatre, Charles ...

1909 in film

The New York Motion Picture Company is founded and also open a movie studio in Edendale. The studio is later used by Mack Sennetts Keystone Studios and then Mascot Pictures who become part of Republic Pictures. October 25 – IMP release their firs ...

1910 in film

May 6 – The newsreel footage of the funeral of Edward VII is shot in Kinemacolor, making it the first color newsreel. Florence Lawrence becomes Americas first publicly named motion picture actress; she is generally regarded as the first true movi ...

1911 in film

October 23 October 10 OS: Svetozar Botorics The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Leader Karadorde Zivot i dela besmrtnog vozda Karadorda, Живот и дела бесмртног вожда Карађорђа premieres in Belgrade and becomes the first feature film made in Serbia ...

1912 in film

February – Babelsberg Studio outside Berlin begins operation with shooting of The Dance of the Dead Der Totentanz by Danish director Urban Gad starring Asta Nielsen released September 7. July 12 – Queen Elizabeth is the first film released by Fam ...

1913 in film

1913 was a particularly fruitful year for film as an art form, and is often cited one of the years in the decade which contributed to the medium the most, along with 1917. The year was one where filmmakers of several countries made great artistic ...

1914 in film

May 8 – Paramount Pictures is formed as a film distributor by William Wadsworth Hodkinson. Filoteo Alberini introduces a new 70 mm format, Panoramico, with the film Il sacco di Roma March 8 - D. W. Griffiths first feature film, Judith of Bethulia ...

1915 in film

February 1: Fox Film Corporation founded October 1: A US court rules in United States v. Motion Picture Patents Co. that the Motion Picture Patents Company trust is monopolistic and orders it to be dissolved. June 18: The Motion Picture Directors ...

1916 in film

November 19 – Samuel Goldfish later renamed Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures, later to become one of the most successful independent filmmakers. Charlie Chaplin signs for Mutual Film for a salary of $10.000 a week and a ...

1917 in film

1917 in film was a particularly fruitful year for the art form, and is often cited as one of the years in the decade which contributed to the medium the most, along with 1913. Secondarily the year saw a limited global embrace of narrative film-ma ...

1918 in film

Following litigation for anti-trust activities, the Motion Picture Patents Company disbands. January 27 – Tarzan makes his film debut in Tarzan of the Apes. March 10 – Warner Bros. release their first produced picture, My Four Years in Germany. 2 ...

1919 in film

September 18 – Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin opens rebuilt as a permanent cinema with the premiere of Ernst Lubitschs Madame Dubarry. Harold Lloyd begins holding test screenings of his films and modifying them based on audience feedback, a techniqu ...

1920 in film

November 27 – The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks opens. August – Jack Cohn, Joe Brandt and Harry Cohn form C. B. C. Film Sales Corporation which would later become Columbia Pictures.

1921 in film

January 21 – The silent comedy-drama The Kid, written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Tramp character – his first full-length film as a director – and featuring Jackie Coogan, is released in the United States. It ...

1922 in film

June 11 – United States premiere of Robert J. Flahertys Nanook of the North, the first commercially successful feature length documentary film. November 26 – The Toll of the Sea, starring Anna May Wong and Kenneth Harlan, debuts as the first gene ...

1923 in film

April 4 – Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. incorporated. April 15 – Lee De Forest demonstrates the Phonofilm sound-on-film system at the Rivoli Theater in New York with a series of short musical films featuring vaudeville performers.

1924 in film

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer MGM considers making a silent film of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. MGM and the estate of L. Frank Baum failed to come to an agreement so the rights were sold to Chadwick Pictures. April 17 – Entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Lo ...

1925 in film

December 30: Premiere of Ben-Hur, the most expensive silent film ever made, costing $4 million around $57 million when adjusted for inflation June 26: Charlie Chaplins The Gold Rush premieres. It is voted the best film of the year by critics in T ...

1926 in film

February – The oldest surviving animated feature film is released in the Weimar Republic, directed by Lotte Reiniger. It is called The Adventures of Prince Achmed Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed. October 7 – Warner Brothers release the second Vi ...

1927 in film

May 11 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded in Los Angeles by Douglas Fairbanks. The 1st Academy Awards Oscars will be awarded to films which are released in 1927 or 1928. January 10 – Fritz Langs science-fiction fantasy M ...

1928 in film

The following is an overview of 1928 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths. Although some movies released in 1928 had sound, most were still silent.

1929 in film

The days of the silent film are numbered. A mad scramble to provide synchronized sound is on. November 10 – Premiere of John Griersons documentary film Drifters about North Sea herring fishermen, made for the Empire Marketing Board, effectively i ...

1930 in film

September 19: The Love Parade receives a record six Academy Award nominations. September 3: The Hollywood Reporter is first published. March 10: Release of Goodbye Argentina Adios Argentina, the first Argentine film with a musical soundtrack. Ada ...

1931 in film

November 17: E. R. Tinker elected president of Fox Films replacing Harley L. Clarke. December 14: RKO refinancing plan approved. July 7: Anti-competitive practices disclosed about certain distributors and producers in Canada. June 20: Monogram Pi ...

1932 in film

The Film Daily Yearbook listed the following as the ten leading headline events of the year. Joe Brandt retires from Columbia Pictures joins World-Wide and later resigns again. Sidney Kent leaves Paramount Pictures and joins Fox Film. Two Radio C ...

1933 in film

The Film Daily Yearbook listed the following as the ten leading news events of the year in North America. Ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware creates "open market" for sound equipment. Nathan Nathanson regains ...

1934 in film

November 12 – The musical Babes in Toyland debuts, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as comic relief. April 19 – Fox Studios releases Stand Up and Cheer!, with five-year-old Shirley Temple in a relatively minor role. Shirley steals the film a ...

1935 in film

The cinema releases of 1935 were highly representative of the early Golden Age period of Hollywood. This period was punctuated by performances from Judy Garland, Clark Gable and Shirley Temple. A significant number of productions also originated ...

1936 in film

February 15 – first Republic serial, Darkest Africa, is released. May 29 – Fritz Langs first Hollywood film, Fury, starring Spencer Tracy and Bruce Cabot, is released.

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