Early films 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.")
The Lumiere film "The Baby" was shown (now missing) and film of a London Bridge in 1896 (also missing). An intertitle reads: "Today...we an add colour to their machine-like movements" so presumably a colour section was inserted here. Intertitles discuss the standardisation of film formats. A Cavalry exercise film, the "falling wall" film and Jones' Matagraph are all mentioned but shots are missing. Intertitle states that now "the motion picture camera goes everywhere..." We then see footage taken from the back of a seaplane, an aerial shot of a lighthouse on an outcrop of rock, and a funny shot where the camera is half underwater and half above it showing people diving into a swimming pool. We then see a shot taken inside a cave where a boats with flares on them pass the camera. We then see three men climbing a rock face - mountaineering. Snowy mountains are seen in the background. Low angle shot of a steam train passing over the camera. Two men dressed as sailors do a hornpipe style dance inside a picture frame device. The camera is "slowed" and "stopped" to show the versatility of 1920s cinematic techniques. Through a camera trick device the dancers are duplicated so that there are four pairs of dancers within the picture frame. Time lapse photography and colour techniques are demonstrated with an image of a flower opening (shot missing). Last title reads: "Yes, we are all travellers on the road to picture perfection and few can foresee how closely we shall near the goal." Shot from low on the side of a locomotive - by the wheels - as the train speeds along. See other parts of "The Evolution of the Film"
This was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 535.