Theme Month! January 2023: 125 Years Ago… The Films of 1898

We’re back for another dive into the films of the late nineteenth century. 1898 was another year of change as multi-scene movies came into play and the Spanish-American War became the first known armed conflict to play out before the movie cameras almost live.

The Edison film company was still shooting in the cramped Black Maria studio but had sent their camera crews far and wide to capture more exciting footage, from the battlefields of Cuba to faking the battlefields of Cuba in New Jersey. The French and the English jumped between the real and the fantastical.

Film censorship existed but was not enough to hold back the wave of murder, mayhem and shapely legs. This was an era of extremes as filmmakers tried to show their audiences the world– and also a sexy shimmy or two. And amongst it all nestled some films of real lyrical beauty.

I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.


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