AMERICAN MUTOSCOPE & BIOGRAPH CO.
1900-1903 / Digital file on server / n&b / son / 2' 30
The Ghost Train 1903, 41 seconds
by Creators Unknown for American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
“The spectral image was created by printing a film of a train approaching the camera, probably the Pennsylvania Limited Express (1896), in negative and enhancing the effect by inserting the negative image of the sun and clouds from another film into a blank corner. The reverse polarity composite appears to be a ‘full moon’ in a night sky” —Paul Spehr
Early Superimpostions 1900 1:49 minutes SD
by Frederick S. Armitage for American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
Davy Jones’ Locker
A Nymph of the Waves
“The filmmaker took several different scenes shot earlier between 1896 and 1899 and double-printed two sets of images together to create a new artistic creation. The transformation of a stage dance into a unique ciné-dance could only be possible in cinema and never be presented as a live performance.” —Bruce Posner
Paper Print Collection, Library of Congress
Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941