Early optical machines are described - unfortunately most of the images have been removed.
"Sidelights in Cinema History". Introductory intertitle announces: "Produced with the assistance of the Wilfred Day historical collection of machines and films." Unfortunately most of the material has been cut (presumably to be used in other films - possibly "Flashbacks.") Mostly intertitles remain therefore apart from Rudge's Bio Phantoscope.
Rudge's Bio Phantoscope is the first optical machine featured. The date on the card beside it reads 1876. A man turns the handle at the front to show how the machine works. We see this from another angle which demonstrates the crude shutter mechanism. Another angle shows how the slides rotate around a drum. Apparently the slides showed Rudge taking off his head then replacing it! C/U of hands showing a couple of the slides to the camera.
W.Friese-Green is pronounced to be "the father of all films" in an intertitle. One of his early machines is presented. Man turns a handle to show how the machine works. Next up is the Kinora (shot missing). Edison's Kinetoscope is mentioned and an intertitle promises to show his film "The Forge". Sequence is missing. Lumiere's Manager Professor Trewey is mentioned in an intertitle, his plate-spinning film is pronounced to be "the first Cine-variety Act!" The film is not shown. Intertitle promises to show a copy of the famous Lumiere "Train arrival" film. This is also missing.
See other parts of "The Evolution of the Film"
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 534.