In a little over a century, film has evolved from a technological novelty into one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment. Here are some of film history’s most important milestones (with a focus on the history of Hollywood), from the first sound film to the first flushing toilet shown on screen.
1. First Film: Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)
Considered the first film made with a moving picture camera, and shot by French inventor Louis Le Prince, Roundhay Garden Scene runs a mere 2.11 seconds.
2. First Sound Film: Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894/1895)
While working for Thomas Edison, William Dickson recorded the first experimental sound film, featuring a violin player scratching out a crude melody.
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