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  • 1995-09-30T20:00:00-03:00 on BBC Two
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins (6 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
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Chronicles the birth of European cinema, from the Lumiere brothers to World War I, and then its growth until the birth of the Talkies changed everything.

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6 episodes

1x01 Where It All Began

  • Series Premiere

    1995-09-30T20:00:00-03:00 — 60 mins

Highlighting the world's first public presentation of films in Paris, the comedies by Max Linder, Abel Gance's J'Accuse and the onset of World War I.

1x02 Art's Promised Land

  • 1995-10-07T20:00:00-03:00 — 60 mins

Including Ingeborg Holm by Victor Sjostrom and Greta Garbo's star-making performance opposite Lars Hanson in Gosta Berling's Saga. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

1x03 The Unchained Camera

  • 1995-10-14T20:00:00-03:00 — 60 mins

Featuring The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein, Metropolis by Fritz Lang, Joyless Street starring Greta Garbo, The White Hell of Pitz Palu featuring Leni Riefenstahl and Louise Brooks becomes a star in Pandora's Box.

1x04 The Music of Light

  • 1995-10-21T21:00:00-02:00 — 60 mins

Highlighting Abel Gance's masterpiece, Napoleon.

1x05 Opportunity Lost

  • 1995-10-28T22:00:00-02:00 — 60 mins

Exploring the early career of Alfred Hitchcock.

1x06 End of an Era

  • 1995-11-04T22:00:00-02:00 — 60 mins

Focusing on the arrival of sound films, The Jazz Singer and the onslaught of World War II.

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