Charlie Chaplin’s First National Films

In 1917-1918, Charlie Chaplin was seeking more independence and greater creative license over his films, which he believed were becoming too stagnant and predictable. His relationship with Mutual ended amicably, and he signed an eight-film contract with First National. His years with First National would prove to be some of the most important in his … Continue reading Charlie Chaplin’s First National Films

The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots

The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots (1895) Director: Alfred Clark The film is sometimes called "The Execution of Mary Stuart" (1895) and it is the earliest surviving film using special effects, notably the 'stop trick.' It lasts about 18 seconds and was produced by Thomas Edison. A male Shakespearean actor wound up playing Mary being led to … Continue reading The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots