Thomas Edison — inventor, scientist, businessman and overall idea maverick of gargantuan historical proportions would have turned 164 today. you may remember him from science class as the man who invented a lil’ thing called the light bulb, yet his contribution to the moving image was his true passion and, many would argue, his greatest legacy.
Edison invented the phonograph and developed the first motion picture camera. Geroges Méliès may have been the first cine-magician, but Edison was the man who made film both a mass communication medium and a creative craft, framing many of the conventions of modern cinema.
Edison – The Invention of the Movies (1891-1918) is an ambitious collaboration between Kino Video and the Museum of Modern Art, celebrating Edison’s legacy and the birth of cinema with 140 of the first moving pictures ever seen. The four-disc treasure chest features not merely the masterfully restored films, but also over two hours of insightful interviews with scholars, museum archivists and cultural critics.
Edison’s films include such rare gems as the only known footage of Mark Twain….
and Boxing Cats……