Instructional Video

The Birth of the Feature Film

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A film history video examines how Thomas Edison, George Eastman, and the major film companies formed the Motion Picture Patents company (MPPC) and created a monopoly that controlled the production, distribution, exhibition of films. In addition, the narrator discusses the development of feature-length films and the mixed legacy of D.W. Griffin.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show the captions and pause the video frequently so viewers can keep up with the narrator's rapid pace
  • Have groups investigate Oscar Micheaux and the Chicago underground film industry
Classroom Considerations
  • The episode examines W.D. Griffiths' legacy in a forthright manner
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Film clips are used to illustrate the techniques examined
  • None
Common Core