MOVIE STILL OF THE DAY - LINCOLN (2012)
Today is an important one in the history of Abraham Lincoln and the United States, for it marks the anniversary of Lincoln’s call for volunteers to quell the uprising of the South leading to the Civil War. It also commemorates his passing, the day after his tragic assassination.
MOVIE STILL OF THE DAY (Part II) - TITANIC (1997)
This date commemorates the night the fabled RMS Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40p en route to New York across the Atlantic Ocean. Not able to remain afloat, the ship sunk in roughly two-and-a-half hours resulting in over 1,500 casualties. We remember all victims forevermore, and are also reminded of the humility mankind owes nature.
MOVIE STILL OF THE DAY - FRED OTT’S SNEEZE (1894)
Today marks the 120th anniversary of the first public motion picture house opening in New York City! At 1155 Broadway on the corner of 27th Street, the Holland Bros. set up two rows of five kinetoscopes which spun short Kinetoscope Company films for individual viewings. The cost was 25 cents for either row or half a dollar for the whole bill.
The Kinetoscope Company contracted leading cinema entrepreneur Thomas Edison for content. One of Edison’s first largely recognized and successful films - also the first to earn a U.S. copyright - is Fred Ott’s Sneeze. Ott, an employee at Edison’s “Black Maria” shooting studio, inhales a pinch of snuff and sneezes. Even such a seemingly mundane event was a revelation with the magical new cinematic medium.
Of course, this was all to catch on…