September 23, 2019

Today in History: Billy Bitzer & the Biograph Company

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy Bitzer, who filmed the short comedy Stealing a Dinner for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company on this date in 1899. Bitzer was a great pioneer of early film and shot thousands of movies, including the infamous The Birth of a Nation. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to view some of these early films and more related resources. "Billy" Bitzer films Stealing a Dinner from … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Gish Sisters

Today in History–June 4–the Library of Congress features Dorothy and Lillian Gish, sisters and early film stars. On this day in 1968, Dorothy (Elizabeth) died in Rapallo, Italy. The sisters got their start in film in 1912. Dorothy was a working actress for more than 50 years and Lillian for 75 years, appearing in her final film in 1987 at the age of 93. Learn more about these long-lived thespians by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Birth of a Nation

Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress features the controversial silent film, The Birth of a Nation, which premiered on this day in 1915. Although the film advanced the art of cinema, it did so by telling a story with a skewed, racist vision of U.S. history. Protested by many, the film was ultimately a great commercial success. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below. The Birth of a Nation poster More The Birth of a Nation … [Read more...]