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The History of Cinema: 1918

 

 

 

 

 

     
   

Austria - France

     
   

France, 1918: Abel Gance begins filming J'Accuse (1919)

     
     
   

Austria 

     
   

Sascha-Film became the agent of Paramount in Austria [ADD]

     
     
     
    Canada
     
   

– The government establishes the Exhibits and Publicity Bureau to centralise promotional film production. [ADD]

     
     
     
    Czechoslovakia
     
    Suzanne Marwille
     
  4/12 - Suzanne Marwille makes her screen debut in Vaclav Binovec’s Demon Rodu Halkenu. [ADD]
     
     
     
   

Denmark 

     
  22/2 -

Nordisk Film Company suffers financial difficulties as a result of competition from the recently formed Germany production company, Ufa. [ADD]

     
   

Sophus Madsen builds a new Palace Theatre on the grounds of the old theatre.  The first film screened in the new theatre is D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation. [ADD]

     
     
   

Egypt

     
    – Italian filmmaker De Lagarne establishes the Italo-Egyptian Cinematographic Company. [ADD]
     
     
     
    France 
     
  1/1 -

Le Comptoir, Gaumont’s film-hire service, enters into a contract with America's Paramount Pictures under which they gain exclusive rights to their productions. [ADD]

     
    Emile Reynaud
     
  9/1 - Animation pioneer Emile Reynaud dies penniless in a hospice at Ivry-sur-Seine. [ADD]
     
    Sacha Guitry
     
  22/3 -

Eclipse release Un Roman d’amour et d’aventures, starring Sacha Guitry, Yvonne Printemps and Fred Wright.   Rene Hervil and Louis Mercanton co-direct. [ADD]

     
  20/4 -

French producers stage a strike that is due to last until 23rd May in protest at the difficulties encountered in importing unexposed reels and foreign films. [ADD]

     
    J'Accuse (1918)
     
  25/8 -

Abel Gance starts filming J’Accuse for Pathe.   It is to be the first in a trilogy of films about war and peace.   Romuald Joube and Severin-Mars star. [ADD]

     
  31/8 -

While filming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for the Jules Verne Company, an aviator named Rouit drowns performing a stunt which requires him to dive into a whirlpool. [ADD]

     
    Charles Pathe
     
  27/9 -

Addressing the Cinema Employers Federation in Paris, Charles Pathe proposes that a percentage of takings replace the existing film rental system.   He also calls for heavy import taxes on foreign films. [ADD]

     
    Andre Antoine
     
  11/11 -

Andre Antoine leaves France for Italy to film Israel for Tiber Film. [ADD]

     
  30/11 -

Abel Gance’s La Dixieme Symphonie is released to mixed reviews. [ADD]

     
  30/11 -

Pathe split into two companies.   The Sound Reproduction Machine Company is to be run by Emile Pathe , while brother Charles will control the Pathe-Cinema Company. [ADD]

     
     
     
     
   

Other Key Films of 1918

     
     
    Chile
     
   

La avenida de las acacias (Arturo Mario) [ADD]

     
   

Todo por la patria o jirón de la bandera (Arturo Mario) [ADD]

     
     
    Denmark
     
    Himmelskibet (1918)
     
   

Himmelskibet (Holger-Madsen) [ADD]

     
     
    Egypt
     
   

Sharaf el Badawi (Honor of the Bedouin) (Italo Egyptian Cinematograph Company) (Feature) [ADD]

     
   

al-Azhar al-Moumita (Deadly Flowers) [ADD]

     
     
    France
     
    La Nouvelle Mission de Judex (1918)
     
   

Mathias Sandorf (serial: Henri Fescourt) [ADD]

     
   

La Nouvelle Mission de Judex (serial: Louis Feuillade) [ADD]

     
   

Scenes de la vie Boheme (Albert Capellani) [ADD]

     
   

Tih Minh (serial: Louis Feuillade) [ADD]

     
   

Les Travailleurs de la mer (Andre Antoine) [ADD]

     
     
     
    Germany-Syria
     
    USA
     
     
     
     

 

1917

1918: Germany-Syria

1918: USA

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