Important Shots of Film History

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  • A Horse in Motion- (1878) Eadweard Muybridge First motion picture.

  • The Little Doctor and The Sick Kitten- (1901) George Albert Smith One of the first instances of a moving camera.

  • A Trip to the Moon- (1902) Georges Melies The first sci-fi film.

  • A Visit to the Seaside- (1908) George Albert Smith The first colored film.

  • The Birth of a Nation- (1915) D.W. Griffith The first feature film

  • Wings- (1927) William A. Wellman The first “Best Feature Film” according to the Oscars.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs- (1938) David Hand The first feature length animated film.

  • The Ten Commandments- (1956) Cecil B. DeMille One of the most iconic “epic” films.

  • Psycho- (1960) Alfred Hitchcock The exact moment movie violence got to new extremes.

  • Night of the Living Dead- (1968) George A. Romero The death rattle of the original film censors.

  • Shaft- (1971) Gordon Parks One of the first films where a POC was top billed in a story about oppressed life.

  • Taxi Driver- (1976) Martin Scorsese A violent film that signified a change in the attitudes toward film in the USA.

  • Star Wars- (1977) George Lucas A special effects revolution.

  • Red Dawn- (1984) John Milius The first PG-13 film.

  • Reservoir Dogs- (1992) Quentin Tarantino The film that put modern film in its place.

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Dan Arredondo, AVTech Staff