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Vitagraph Company of America

Overview
Works: 229 works in 279 publications in 3 languages and 4,384 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Short films  History  Drama  Animated films  Gangster films  Film adaptations  Social problem films  Documentary films  Comedy films 
Roles: Producer, prn, Other, Distributor
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Treasures III : Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years before World War I, virtually no issue was too controversial to bring to the screen. The first American movies were deeply engaged with society, coming from an era when movies and entertainment were intimately interwoven with public debate. As such, they were shown in commercial movie theaters but also in clubs, churches, schools, and everywhere screens could be hung outdoors--from the sides of city tenements to country barns. This archive sends these treasures back into the world, where they found their inspiration. "The City Reformed" deals with the urban problems: poverty, criminality, health, safety, child welfare, and corruption. Gender, family, and the crusade for equal voting rights dominate in program 2, "New Women." Labor struggles and oppression are central to program 3, "Toil and Tyranny." The final program, "Americans in the Making," brings together films confronting immigration, race relations, and wartime home-front sacrifice
Landmarks of early film by David Shepard( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 40 films from the era 1886-1913, including Edison Kinetoscope films, Eadweard Muybridge's series photography, films by the Lumière Brothers, Melies' A trip to the moon, Edison's The Great Train Robbery, and animated cartoons by Winsor McCay
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By 1907 the cinema's initial growing pains had subsided and fairly distinct generic categories of production were established. This volume of The Movies Begin examines some of these integral works that begin to reflect the modern day cinema -- punctuated with authentic hand-tinted lantern slides used during early theatrical exhibition. Visual comedy, with notable elements of slapstick, is represented in Pathé Frères' The Policeman's Little Run (1907), Bangville Police (1913, marking the first appearance of the legendary Keystone Kops) and Max Linder's Troubles Of A Grass Widower (1908). Best remembered today as a major influence on Charlie Chaplin, Linder was one of the first and most popular stars of the cinema. The comic potential of such a basic device as an undercranked camera is exhibited in Pathés Onésime, Horloger (Onésime, Clock-maker, 1912). Alice Guy-Blaché's Making An American Citizen (1912) is an excellent example of the films of social conscience, always an undercurrent beneath the apparently smooth surfaces of commercial productions. Released the very same week was D.W. Griffith's A Girl And Her Trust, a superb film of wide emotional range and great technical virtuosity made near the end of his tenure at the Biograph Company. Nero, Or The Fall Of Rome (1909) strains at conventional film limitations in dimension and duration, looking forward to the revolutionary Italian epics (Cabiria, The Last Days Of Pompeii) that followed a few years later. Equally prophetic are the dazzling animations showcased in the Vitograph Company's Windsor McCay And His Animated Pictures (1911)."--Publisher
Meet John Doe( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fired from her job, reporter Ann Mitchell invents a fictitious "John Doe" to write an idealistic letter threatening suicide in protest of social ills. The public response to the letter is so enormous that Ann's newspaper rehires her and hires an out-of-work baseball player, John Willoughby to play the part of John Doe. He enters into the hoax for the money but ultimately rebels against the evil, self-serving despots who attempt to further their own political goals by controlling him and the thousands of John Doe fans who support him
A midsummer night's dream, excerpt( Visual )

1 edition published in 1909 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short silent film, directed by J Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent, is a retelling of the main story of Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Twelfth night, excerpt( Visual )

1 edition published in 1910 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short silent film, directed by Charles Kent and Eugene Mullin, is a retelling of the main story of Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night
Oliver Twist, 1909( Visual )

1 edition published in 1909 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excerpts of scenes from Charles Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist'
Kawaita hana( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Bewitchingly shot and edited, and laced with a fever-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu, this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic Masahiro Shinoda. The pitch-black Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld
Silent Shakespeare( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early days of the cinema, pioneer filmmakers created these seven charming films based on the plays of William Shakespeare. Considered a "lowbrow" medium, the fledgling movie industry sought to elevate its status by immortalizing the classics and hiring the actors of the day. Most of these early photoplays were only one or two reels long but whatever they gave up in language and length, they made up for in exuberance, cinematic artistry, visual wit and bravura acting
The origins of film( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins of the Fantasy Feature: 1. The patchwork girl of Oz -- 2. Magic brains -- 3. The woozy -- 4. The Emerald City -- 5. The house of magic -- 6. Hoppertown -- 7. The throne room of Ozma of Oz -- 8. A happy ending
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of early motion picture films, focusing especially on the first films that began to reflect modern cinematic conventions. Includes works by Pathé Frères, Max Linder, the Vitagraph Company, Alice Guy Blaché, and D.W. Griffith
From the manger to the Cross, or, Jesus of Nazareth( Visual )

2 editions published between 1919 and 1994 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this silent picture documents the life of Jesus Christ, quoting each scene directly from the Bible
Underworld beauty = Ankokugai no bijo by Seijun Suzuki( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moment he is released from prison, the honorable gangster Miyamoto recovers the stolen diamonds he had stashed before getting pinched. When he returns to his old haunt to make good by a friend who took a bullet for him, he is diverted by the greedy boss Oyane and his insatiable taste for Miyamoto's precious stones
Irezumi ichidai by Seijun Suzuki( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After his final job as a yakuza hit man, Tetsu the Silver Fox is attacked by his last victim's bodyguard. Coming to his rescue is Kenji, Tetsu's younger, peaceful brother. In the fray, Kenji kills a yakuza and the two flee to Manchuria. Hounded by the police and the yakuza, the two brothers find work with a construction firm until they can no longer hide their identities"--Container
Kanto mushuku = Kanto wanderer by Qingshun Lingmu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gamblers and card sharps, prostitution, and Yakuza-style vengeance: Yakuza icon Akira Kobayashi is boss Izu's bodyguard Katsuta, who finds himself at the center of a violent power play by the greedy rival boss Yoshida. When Katsuta encounters a mysterious and beautiful femme fatale from his past, he must decide to act upon his own desires or pay his debt of honor to boss Izu."--Container
The Alloy Orchestra Plays Wild and Weird: 14 Fascinating and Innovative Films: 1902-1965( Visual )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

14 short films with new music performed by the Alloy Orchestra
The mills of the gods by George P Dillenback( )

2 editions published in 1912 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kimi ga wakamono nara = If you were young : rage( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five young men from rural areas come to Tokyo to work. Pooling their resources they buy a dump truck, hoping to work as independent contractors, but soon encounter problems
The Italian : in six parts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Italian: "An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. He finally earns the money to be reunited with his love and they marry. But life in New York is hard and tragedy strikes with the death of his infant son after he is wrongfully jailed and unable to provide"--Container
Before Mickey : an animated anthology( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twenty-five silent animated short films (some with live-action) made between 1900 and 1928, with piano accompaniment. Featuring Felix, Bobby Bumps, Alice, and others
 
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The big V : a history of the Vitagraph Company
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controlled identityAmerican Vitagraph Company

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Vitagraph compagnia di produzione cinematografica statunitense

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Vitagraph Filmproduktionsgesellschaft

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Vitagraph Pictures

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