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One Night in Hell

Still from the animation short
One Night in Hell is a spectacular animation short based on the French Diablerie stereo cards.
From internationally award-winning animation studio and production company Unanico Group, and visionary rock musician Brian May (Queen), a 3D phenomenon of 1860s Paris is unleashed on the 21st century. “One Night in Hell” is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton’s journey into a stereoscopic Hell. The film features exclusive new music from Brian May & the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Available is a French and an English version of this unprecedented short, as wel as a documentary about how the film was made in both languages.
Also download the DIABL-O-SCOPE or AUGMENTED REALITY app for your Ipad.

Buy and download the deluxe edtion on VIMEO.
The One Night in Hell Deluxe Edition is for connoisseurs of all things devilish. It includes 9 incredible features, giving access to the film “One Night in Hell” and the documentary “Diableries Brought to Life” in multiple versions, including real 3D for your IPad or television. The Deluxe Edition also includes the stunning official music video to the soundtrack of “One Night in Hell”.
Available too is the book (French or English version) about these stunning series of French stereo cards.


Georges Méliès
Voyage dans la lune

Voyage dans la lune in color
This important DVD offers for the first time the hand colored version of 'Le Voyage dans la Lune', George Méliès most famous short science fiction film.
The colored footage was recently discovered and meticulously restored by Lobster Film in Paris.

Produced by Eric Lange & Serge Bromberg, this DVD also includes a documentary on the incredible journey of the first conjuror of cinema, George Méliès. The film premiered in Cannes 2012 to accompany Martin Scorsese's latest film 'Hugo' which is an homage on George Méliès.

Based on a fictitious children's book, 'The invention of Hugo Cabret' the film Hugo narrates the story of the historical father of special effects in cinema.
The documentary shows in an wonderful visual way the biography of Méliès.

This unprecedented restoration and documentary are a great addition to the complete Méliès oeuvre DVD box below.

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Georges Méliès - Le Premier Magicien du Cinema
Georges Méliès
Le Premier Magicien du Cinema (1896-1913)
Georges Méliès
Le Premier Magicien du Cinema (1896-1913)
Georges Méliès


Lobster Films

Méliès DVD 1-6

Georges Méliès - Le Premier Magicien du Cinema (1896-1913)

With this monumental & unprecedented complete oeuvre 6 DVD box of Georges Méliès, for the first time an almost complete collection of all his films became available to the public. This exceptional collection - recently completed - by Eric Lange, David Shepard & Serge Bromberg became available from Lobster Films during September 2010.

For this unique compilation the best restored copies of all Méliès films where used and on this occasion each accompanied with a new music score 'dans l'esprit de l'epoque'. A wonderful extra is the full version of 'Le Grand Méliès', a documentary film from 1953 by Georges Franju.

The DVD's are accompanied by a booklet with 'Hommages a Georges Méliès' by Norman McLaren & John Frazer and a complete inventory of all films available on the DVD's. Further the booklet offers an informative text on the restoration of these films made by the first conjuror of cinema.

All films are adopted to their original viewing speed and image format.
The most recent and new Méliès film discoveries are available on DVD 6 which completes this magical collection.

No doubt, every early film enthusiast should add this spectacular box to his personal DVD collection.
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E. J. Marey.
DVD du colloque du centenaire

Sous la direction de
Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Thierry Lefebvre et Laurent Mannoni

See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
E. J. Marey. Actes & DVD du colloque du centenaire - 400 films DVD.

In 2004, the centenary of the death of E. J. Marey was celebrated (1830 - 1904).
Marey was the inventor of 'La méthode Graphique, Chronophotography and and keyfigure in the cinema pioneer era.

The textbook of the 2004 colloquium «Étienne-Jules Marey et le Film Scientifique», is now available in a new key reference book 'E. J. Marey.
Actes du colloque du centenaire'.

The DVD features an unprecedented chronopictorial reference source making 400 early films available.
More information on this exceptional DVD can be read on the Marey Colloque page.

The DVD & book are available in the Cinémathèque' s bookshop or can be ordered directly from the publisher ARCADIA.

400 chronophotographical films from the period 1890 - 1904, preserved by the Cinémathèque Française, are now available to the public for the first time ever.

Both, book & DVD, make a fascinating reference and should be available in all filmlibraries and private film bookshelves of the avid pre-cinema & cinema collector, historian or researcher.


Emile Cohl - l'Agitateur aux mille images / part I
Emile Cohl - l'Agitateur aux mille images / part II
Emile Cohl



Emile Cohl: l' Inventeur du dessin animé / Emile Cohl: Inventor the Animation Film

Biography & complete films of Emile Cohl, inventor of animation film.
Emile Cohl started his cinema career at the age of 50, producing more than 300 films, only 65 of his living pictures are recovered.

The book is accompanied by two DVD's making Cohl's oeuvre available from one source for the first time.

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on the publisher to visit the website of the publisher.
Click here for more information on the book.

Un Rêve en Couleur
A la Recherche du Son
Documentary by Eric Lange & Serge Bromberg
Documentary by Eric Lange & Serge Bromberg

See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
Les Premiers Pas
du Cinema


Lobster Films

'Un Rêve en Couleur' & 'A la Recherche du Son', two unprecedented documentary films made by Serge Bromberg & Eric Lange using rare footage mostly from the collection of the latter film historian/collector.

Both films unveil in great detail the true story of the dawn of sound and color in the early moving pictures and refer to the use of sound and color in the Magic Lantern, precursor of cinema. The sound recordings and footage used for these documentaries is rather exceptional. Today's leading film historians explain the complicated histories of how cinema incorporated color in many different ways and how movies learned to talk using various technical solutions ...

Both films can be viewed in there original French language or additional English commentary by Julien Anton, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Gian Luca Farinelli, Maurice Gianati, Stephen Herbert, Anthony l'Abbate, Dominique Païni, and Gilles Trarieux Lumière, the latter being a descendant of the Lumière brothers.
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or Lobster Films to visit the website of the publisher.

From Magic Lantern to Movies / The Optical Magic Lantern 1889 - 1903
Published by PhotoResearch .
Now available on DVD
The Optical Magic Lantern Journal and Photographic Enlarger (OMLJ) was a British trade monthly that appeared from 1889 to 1903 and had a remit covering the magic lantern and illumination through to photography and the world of early cinema.

The OMLJ featured news and opinions from each of the worlds and through its correspondence and advertising pages provides a unique insight into each of these areas at an important point in their history.

The publication only survives in a few national libraries and this limited edition DVD offers a rare opportunity for collectors, researchers, educational institutions and libraries to acquire a digitised run which is searchable electronically.

The OMLJ covers a key period in the history of photography and the cinema. It appeared when the hand camera was rapidly being taken up by amateur photographers and at a point shortly before the motion picture camera was introduced.
By the time of the OMLJ's demise in 1903 photography was widely practiced by amateurs and snapshooters and the cinema had evolved from its origins into a form of mass entertainment. The OMLJ through its editorial pages and advertisements charts these changes in detail. This DVD provides a high-quality facsimile of all 5000 pages together with a searching tool supported by additional information around the personalities, companies and products that made up the industry at the time and which appears in the OMLJ pages.

The DVD From Magic Lantern to Movies (ISBN 978-0-9523011-1-0) is published on 15 October by PhotoResearch and costs £60 including UK and international airmail postage. It is designed to run on both Windows-based PCs and Apple Macs with Adobe Acrobat.

Contact: Mike Smith, South Park, Galphay Road, Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3RX, UK
or email Mike Smith: lmh.smith@magiclanternsocy.demon.co.uk.


Kinoautomat 'One Man and his House'
By Radúz Cincera

The world’s first interactive movie whose plot and story are determined by the audience. The hit of EXPO ’67 Montreal !!!


While Kinoautomat was created in Czechoslovakia by a talented team in 1966-67, it is generally considered to be the brainchild of Radúz Cincera. It was a performance, which combined a projected film with interventions from two stage moderators, which was shown for the first time at the Czechoslovak Pavilion at Expo '67 Montreal, where it ran for six months as a one-hour show.

The film, 'One Man and his House', centers around Mr. Novák (played by Miroslav Hornícek, a very well-known Czech personality) who finds himself caught up in various situations which represent moral dilemmas.

Using a specially constructed voting system, the audience members can change the trajectory of the film at several key moments by pressing red or green buttons. The direction voted by the majority would then be followed by the projection team.

The film itself is a good example of "Czech New Wave" cinema, but its setting in a theatrical format takes its inspiration from the "Laterna Magika" movement, which developed in Prague in the late 1950's.
Click here to visit the Official Kinoautomat page or click here to order the DVD.

After Montreal, the system was set up again at HemisFair '68 in San Antonio, and had a run in Prague at Kino Svetozor in 1971. After the addition of some new scenes, it was performed for the last time at Expo '74 in Spokane. Now, after more than 40 years, Kinoautomat returns to Svetozor ... (Text from oficial website) With thanks to Alena Cincerová who offered me this wonderful DVD in a Brussel's restaurant after a succesful screening of
' One Man and his House' ...

The Origins of Scientific Cinematography
By Virgilio Tosi
A documentary film series directed by Virgilio Tosi.

These films complement Tosi’s book 'Cinema Before Cinema', using archive film and original equipment to show how cinematography had its origins not in the music hall or the fairground, but in the laboratory, as scientists of the 19th and early 20th centuries attempted to find new ways of seeing and measuring the natural world.

''The Origins of Scientific Cinematography' & 'Cinema Before Cinema' are published by the British Universities Film & Video Council

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See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume sets by Stephen Herbert on Pre-Cinema & Early Film

Las Placas de Linterna Mágica Y Su Organización Taxonómica
By Francisco Javier Frutos Esteban.
CD - Doctoral Thesis, University of Salamanca, Spain Text selected from the abstract - This CD is in the Spanish language - Click on CD  
Las Placas de Linterna Mágica Y Su Organización Taxonómica.

The present doctoral thesis approaches the taxonomic organization of Magic Lantern slides commercialized with a rigid base, translucent, and of any size, independently of their contents and date and place of origin.

The main hypothesis of the research poses whether content analysis, as a technique for coding knowledge about media messages, can be a suitable method for taxonomically organizing Magic Lantern slides.

A secondary hypothesis can then be deduced, related to the choice of the most operational criterion for classifying Magic Lantern slides: the size of their base (an ordinal variable with a manifest nature) or the format (a nominal variable with a latent nature)

The results also lead us to think that the spectator of the last five years of the
19th. Century saw without interruption all the audiovisual projections offered to him or her, both during magic lantern evenings and in the first showings of animated photography.
These possibility has had an influence on the need to open a debate about the historical-cultural importance of the Magic Lantern and other media artifacts that emerged between the 15th. and the 19th. Centuries, located half-way between drawing aids, scientific recreation, popular entertainment and the emerging mass media.

Click here to read more information in the Spanish language. Contact the author Francisco Javier Frutos Esteban
This CD contains a 765 pages PDF file including animated examples of mechanical magic lantern slides. Besides a myriad of magic lantern slide illustrations, the CD also depicts many optical toys such as magic lanterns, phenakistiscopes, zootropes, polyorama panotiques, peepshow views, etc.
See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume sets by Stephen Herbert on Pre-Cinema & Early Film & Television



The Dawn of Television Remembered
The Dawn of Television Remembered
A documentary by Donald F. McLean

A most interesting double CD audio documentary can be ordered directly from the maker at Dawn of Television Remembered.
This generous audio source by Donald F. McLean provide historical interviews with comments. The supplementary enhanced CD also offers more than 8 hours of interviews and video files of the rare restored & reconstructed early television recordings.
Visit Donald McLean's website on early televison.

A lecture on the restoration of these 'Phonovision' discs by Donald F. McLean can be downloaded from TVDAWN-Lecture.
The CD set provide a most thorough reconstruction on the invention of television and is accompanied by a book on the restoration of these early television images.

On the Visual Media Television page I made a modest attemp to bring you some rare television news limited to some of my favorite subjects. Most illustrations on this page comes from original copies of the Magazine 'TELEVISION' which obviously is one of the most thrilling temporary references on the birth of a new medium which conquered the world: 'Television, the biggest
See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume set by Stephen Herbert on & Television

See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume sets by Stephen Herbert on Pre-Cinema & Early Film & Television

MEDIA MAGICA series (1 - 6) by Prof. Werner Nekes / Also available on Video (wernernekes@t-online.de)
Producer / Distribution: Werner Nekes Kassenberg 34 B D-45479 Mülheim/Ruhr Germany.

Each Media Magica DVD costs 29 €, + plus postage. The whole series of 6 DVD's, temporarely costs the prize of 5.

"MEDIA MAGICA" is a series of DVD's (video's) on the pre-history and history of Visual Media. The explanatory text, accompanying this page, comes from different internet sources accessible through hyperlinks. "Film before Film" was the first in this very informative series. Visit Werner Nekes' Web Site for more information and Shop for more publications.
The DVD's and information are shown here with kind permission of Prof. Werner Nekes.


Using his own unparalleled collection of pre-cinematic devices, Werner Nekes demonstrates the evolutionary and inventive processes that came before what we today call 'cinema'. From cave paintings to Dioramas, peep shows to flick books, Nekes illuminates a complex lineage in the history of the moving image.

83 min | color | English, German and French version on DVD.




About the Camera Obscura, the peep-show, anamorphoses, shadow theatre and much more. The principle of the Camera Obscura was already known in the fourth century: a dark room where a picture of the outside world passes through a small hole and is pictured back-to-front and upside-down on the opposite wall. This is the principle that, approximately 1500 years later, made the development of the photo and movie cameras possible. The principle of the Camera Obscura played a role in the research of the laws of perspective. On the other hand, the peepbox is often a reversal ol the principle of the Camera Obscura. In the Camera Obscura, or rather, with its help, views are sketched ‚ in the peep-show, such views are observed. However, research on perspectives awakens an interest in its irregularities, in distorted pictures ‚ anamorphoses. Already prior to the play with perspective, the play with light and shadow is developed. The thousand-year old shadow theatre with its rich tradition lives on today, especially in oriental cultures...
53min | color | English, German and French version on DVD.

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German title: BELEBTE BILDER

About the Magic Lantern, animation on paper, object animation, illuminated panoramas and much more. Together with the research of perspective, came the wish to awaken pictures to life. The magic lantern had already achieved the illusion of moving pictures and this was also used to project shadow pictures. The magic lantern is the predecessor of the film projector. This had already been described in the fifteenth century.
Simple ways to create movement are also to be found on paper, in the pull, push and lift mechanisms of comic picture post cards or moveable picture books.
Peep show pictures are perforated, pasted over and coloured from behind in order to make city views come alive through backlighting.
Another simple way to create the illusion of movement are panorama pictures: picture worlds that pass before the eye of the motionless observer or where the observer himself passes along the picture, as in a carriage ride.
53min | color | English, German and French version on DVD.
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About montage, folding and transformation pictures, myrioramas and much more. Alongside perspective and the creation of the illusion of movement, montage is already a central aspect in the early history of visual media. Pictures or sections of pictures are placed in a relationship to one another in order to give the pictures a new meaning.
Already, in the sixteenth century, there were predecessors of the techniques of montage, used today in films. An example is the folding picture montage, where half pictures combined with pictures beneath, each time present a new picture.
Through combination of the pictures it is possible to assemble different versions.
Other examples of early montage forms are transparencies, picture puzzles and transformation pictures which draw the gaze towards hidden information.
In the myriorama, the multi-thousand picture show, it is possible to assemble a never-ending landscape. The pictured world which results from this montage game is infinitely variable.
55min | color | English, German and French version on DVD.

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German title: BILD - RAUM

About perspective-theatres , folding diaramas, stereo-pictures and much more. Besides perspective, movement and montage, space is a further early experimental area in visual art. It reaches from pop-art books or extensions of the picture space in postcards up to optical prisma, verre eglomisÈ pictures and depth relief pictures.
Picture worlds in peep-shows are stacked in several layers and so make space visible.
The folding diorama is developed from the perspective-theatre and shows places and events on multilevels placed one behind the other.
Stereo pictures separate what is seen by the left eye from what is seen by the right eye in two slightly different pictures. These are then blended together by a mirror, a stereoscope or polarisation spectacles. Holography promises three-dimensional films without spectacles.
55min | color | English, German and French version on DVD.

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German title: WUDERTROMMEL

About the thaumatrope, stills, the kinora and much more. In 1896 the Lumiére brothers combined the principle of the Camera Obscura, which takes the picture, with that of the Magic Lantern, which reproduces the picture, to construct the cinematograph. But movies ‚ moving picture series ‚ are first made possible by after-image effects and stroboscopic effects.

Many early scientists had already studied this phenomenon by using revolving objects and discs and thus prepared the way for the cinematograph. The thaumatrope is a rotating disc with pictures on both sides; when it is rapidly revolved, both picture sides melt into one. The phenakistiscope, the zoetrope and the praxinoscope, so-called "wheel of life" and "magic drum", show pictured phases of movement in an endless loop The stills taken by Edward Muybridge demonstrate in exact analysis, movement phases, for example, the leg movements of a horse´s stride.
In the early days of films, many flickerbooks appear on the market: "thumb movies", mutoscope and kinora, where the viewer himself could regulate the speed of the movement of the printed film pictures.
55min | color | English, German and French version on DVD.

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See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume sets by Stephen Herbert on Pre-Cinema & Early Film & Television



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The earliest kind of projection techniques where using shadows. In Werner Nekes "SHATTENTHEATER DER WELT" various techniques of the shadow theatre are seen in reconstructed plays from different countries. Clicking on the video covers leads you to the original German description of the documentaries. These video's are a rare witness of the historical shadow plays in India, Bali, Thailand, China, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

Please order these video's directly from Werner Nekes.








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