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Today in History: Edison Patents the Kinetograph 

Did you know that the kinetograph (motion recorder), patented by Thomas Alva Edison on August 31st, 1897, was a very early form of the movie camera? Edison used flexible, perforated celluloid film on a sprocket or gear that allowed it to be advanced in intervals. With an intermittent mechanism in the camera, frames in film …

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Today in History: Academy Awards Airs on NBC 

"And the envelope, please." These words are familiar to millions of viewers who await with baited breath the announcement of the Oscar winner for best actor, best actress, best picture, and a host of other prestigious awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hollywood at its finest, honoring outstanding achievement, fanfare of fashion …

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Forget Rosebud, It’s Time To Get Evil! 

Orson Welles is well-known for many things, among them being the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast and the movie "Citizen Kane."  The movie is praised by many, and the AFI lists "Citizen Kane" as the top film of all time on their 100 list. I wonder if these people saw the same …

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What to Read Next? Based on the Book 

In the spirit of promoting nonacademic summer reading material, I thought I'd start a series of blog posts: What to Read Next? I call this first list Based on the Book. It features movies that are, you guessed it, based on a book or short story. As an added bonus (I think) all of the …

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