Timeline History

Movies History Timeline 1911 - 1920



Year Events Records Inventions Articles Awards Movies Indian Movies Personalities
1911 The first feature film is released when the two reels of D. W. Griffith's Enoch Arden are screened together.

Pennsylvania became the first state to pass a film censorship law.
    Pathe's Weekly was the first regularly-released US newsreel.        
1912 The first American serial film was the Edison Company's melodrama What Happened to Mary?     Photoplay debuts as the first magazine for movie fans   Oliver Twist, was released - it was the first US feature film to last over an hour.    
1913         John Randolph Bray's first animated film, The Artist's Dream (aka The Dachshund and the Sausage), the first animated cartoon made in the U.S. by modern techniques was the first to use 'cels' - transparent drawings laid over a fixed background    
1914 Winsor McCay unleashes Gertie the Dinosaur, the first animated cartoon.   The first feature-length color film, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, in Kinemacolor, premiered in London.        
1915 In Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Supreme Court ruled that states may censor films, encouraging scrutiny of movies during future decades.   The Bell & Howell 2709 movie camera allowed directors to film close-ups without physically moving the camera.   The Birth of a Nation released.    
1916 Samuel Goldfish (later renamed Samuel Goldwyn) and Edgar Selwyn established Goldwyn Company.       D.W. Griffith's expensive follow-up film to The Birth of a Nation (1915) was the monumental historical and dramatic epic Intolerance, told with parallel cross-cutting between its four stories, symbolically linked by the image of Lillian Gish rocking a child   Charlie Chaplin signs on with Mutual Studios and earns an unprecedented $10,000 a week.
1917 The first African-American owned studio, The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, was founded.   Max Fleischer invented the rotoscope to streamline the frame-by-frame copying process. It was a device used to overlay drawings on live-action film.       Birth of Jane Wyman.
1918 The four Warner brothers, Jack, Albert, Harry and Samuel, opened their first West Coast studio.       The first Tarzan film, the black and white Tarzan of the Apes, premiered at the Broadway Theater in New York    
1919 Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford established United Artists in an attempt to control their own work.   The technique of test screenings of films to obtain audience feedback was pioneered by Harold Lloyd.   Max and Dave Fleischer's "Out of the Inkwell" series premiered, introducing KoKo the Clown, one of the first animated characters.    
1920 Bray Picture Corporation's The Debut of Thomas Cat was the first color (2-color process) cartoon.          
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Movie History Timeline : 1901 - 1910

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