You’ll notice that for the first twenty-five years of film, there’s not going to be that much in the way of choices. A lot of choices are made just because they’re iconic, or they represent some kind of advance in film as a medium or art form, or simply because there were no other choices from that year. Some years just don’t have anything that memorable. I’ll try to mention as I go along, but I felt it was worth mentioning before we get too deep into this.
This year has a wealth of choices, since a lot of the films of the first five years of cinema are all actualities. They just show life happening. They document the world as it is. There are dozens (and imagine how many more there were that were lost to poor storage, short-sightedness and nitrate stock) of films recorded in market squares or traveling around cities.
But to me, this image stood out among them all. (more…)