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The History of Cinema: 1912







Gt. Britain - Romania


Quo Vadis? (Italy, 1912)


Great Britain 

  11/5 -

King George V and Queen Mary view the Kinemacolour film Durbar at Delhi at the Scala Theatre in London, the first public attendance of royalty at a film screening. [ADD]

  Oct -

The Kinematograph Manufacturer’s Association found the British Board of Film Censors to counteract the threat of government action. [ADD]


– After working out of a basement  studio in Great Portland Street, Westminster, the Union Film Publishing Company, a Pathe subsidiary also known as Big Ben Productions, converts a skating rink at Alexandra Palace in North London into a film studio. [ADD]


– The Captain Kettle Company begins making films at the Towers Hall Studio in Manchester Road, Bradford, Yorkshire.  [ADD]


– The Cinematograph Exhibitors Association (CEA) is formed. [ADD]



  1/2 -

The Hunnia Co. opens the country’s first film studio. [ADD]

  14/9 -

Noverek, the country’s first full-length fiction film, premieres in Budapest. [ADD]

  1/10 -

Sandor Korda founds film magazine Le Cinema de Pest. [ADD]

    Michael Curtiz
  14/10 -

Mihaly Kertesz, who upon arrival in Hollywood will change his name to Michael Curtiz, directs his first film, Ma es Holnap. [ADD]



    Dadasaheb Phalke
  1/2 -

Having been inspired by Life of Christ, Dadasaheb Phalke sails to England.   While there he visits Cecil Hepworth’s film studio in London and purchases a Williamson camera, a perforating machine, developing and printing equipment and raw film stock. [ADD]

  18/5 -

Pundalik, India’s first fiction film, premieres in Bombay.   Based on a play by Ramrao Kirtikar, it is co-directed by Nanabhi Govind Chitre and Ramchandra Gopal Torney and filmed on a Bourne & Shepherd camera. [ADD]



  15/4 -

Enrico Guazzoni’s epic 12-reel saga, Quo Vadis? is premiered in Stockholm, Sweden.   The film is made on a grand scale with massive sets and numerous extras. [ADD]

  5/8 -

Film director Giovanni Pastrone invents the Carello, a device which allows a film camera to be moved around without jolting. [ADD]


– The Ambrosio Film Company wins Grand Prix prize of Ffr 25,000 for After Fifty Years at Film Awards held at the International Exhibition in Turin. [ADD]




The Nippon Katsudoshashin Company (Nikkatsu) is created from a trust formed by Fukuhodo, Pathe, Yokota and Yoshizawa.   The company builds the Mukojima studios in Tokyo to make ‘new school’ (Shinpa) films, while ‘old school’ films (Kyuhu) films are made at the former Yokota studio in Kyoto. [ADD]



  1/4 -

Filming at an altitude of 50 metres aboard Eugene Renaux’ machine, Pathe-Journal cameramen Maess and Richmann film a hydroplane race. [ADD]



  31/12 -

In Warsaw, several actors, including Apolonia Chalupiec, form the Sfinks production company under the leadership of director Aleksander Hertz. [ADD]



  1/9 -

Razboiul independentei, directed by Aristide Demetriade, premieres at the Eforie cinema in Bucharest.   A huge hit, it is considered by many to be Romania's first work of cinematic art. [ADD]


Other Key Films of 1912

    Great Britain

Oliver Twist (Thomas Bentley) (Feature) [ADD]


Golfo (Costas Bahatoris) (Feature) [ADD]


Agent No 13 (Alberto de la Riva)  [ADD]


The Life Story of Tasuke Shiobara (Feature) [ADD]


All for Norway (H. Nobel Roede) [ADD]


Anny – Story of a Prostitute (Adam Eriksen) (Feature) [ADD]

    Australia - Estonia
    France - Germany
    Russia - Syria



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