Georges Méliès Short Films (1896-1912)

I recently (re)watched several early and classic Georges Méliès films. These pictures are incredibly ingenious for the time - the cutting room floor plays a key role in the development of each as we see Méliès's chaotic and imaginative world filled with magic and intrigue. His cinematic landscape is often disordered and scrambled with characters … Continue reading Georges Méliès Short Films (1896-1912)

The Short Films of the Edison Studio

On the Short Films of the Edison Studio Blacksmithing Scene (1893) Director: W.K.L. Dickson The "blacksmithing scene" short clip is significant for being the first publicly shown Kinetograph motion picture in May 1893. It features a still camera recording of three blacksmiths hammering, pausing for a moment to share a drink of beer, and then … Continue reading The Short Films of the Edison Studio

The Peloponnesian War, Book V: Battle Recommences and Melos Enslaved

Book V opens at the conclusion of the truce between Athens and the Spartans. Cleon leads the Athenians in an attack on Thrace. A double surprise attack is launched against Cleon and the Athenians by Brasidas of of the Spartans, catching Cleon off guard and kills him en route, as well as Brasidas. After this … Continue reading The Peloponnesian War, Book V: Battle Recommences and Melos Enslaved