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Birth of the film industry—the advent of motion pictures

—An overview of the people and events who created the film industry—

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About 4,000 years elapsed between the invention of writing on clay tablets in Sumer and Gutenberg's invention of the first practical printing press in Germany. During these years mankind made slow, irregular progress in bettering the ways it recorded and retrieved information.

Roughly 400 more years passed and bang!—suddenly the first still photo camera, the first phonograph, and the first practical moving picture camera were invented, all in the same century, the 19th.

It had taken millennia to reach this point, but a sea change was about to take hold. Things were moving fast. These three history-making recording and playback devices opened the door to what has become an explosion in the arts. And, significantly, they have led to what arguably are two of the most important cultural developments in modern timesthe sound motion picture and the worldwide film industry.

In this feature, The Muse Of Film chronicles the birth of the film industry and the advent of motion pictures.


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