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The cinema as a time machine | Movie

That has now happened with part of their collection of 68mm films, made around 1900 by film pioneer William Kennedy Dickson’s Mutoscope and Biograph Company.

They are human miniatures, often no longer than a minute. They breathe the magic of film, the wonder about being able to capture and reproduce moving scenes. Everyday life, but from more than 120 years ago, is now passing by the viewer.

William Kennedy Dickson stars in one of his own films with wife and child in Venice.

William Kennedy Dickson stars in one of his own films with wife and child in Venice.

Bathers in Scheveningen have splashing fun, the Haarlem flower parade has the shape of a beautifully decorated carriage parade, windmills along the Zaan show a forest of rotating blades. A dog pulls a cart over a shaky bridge, a delighted audience flows out of Carré after a film screening by the Biograph Company.

About fifty digitally restored films show not only the Netherlands of that time, but also life and work elsewhere in Europe. Next to a kind of moving postcards of famous cities and the signs of a new time on the threshold of the 20th century. Good for a stunning time travel in black and white.

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