"If my films make even one more person feel miserable, I'll feel I've done my job."
Woody Alien, movie director
In just over 100 years, "moving pictures" have evolved from peep-show parlors into a vast, multibillion dollar industry that spans the globe.
Today's movie industry has its roots in numerous nineteenth-century innovations. Thomas Edison sought to develop a device"... which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear." Attempts to duplicate the cylinder format of Edison's phonograph proved a dead-end, but Edison's "assistant," W. K. L Dickson, eventually developed the Kinetoscope for viewing pictures in a "peep-show" format, and the Kinetograph camera with which to create footage. The viewing method of this equipment, one person at a time, had obvious limitations,
It was the Lu mi ere brothers—Auguste (1862-1954) and Louis (1864-1948)—who created the first practical film camera, projector, the Cinematograph. Despite the fact that it incorporated more...