Two Films, Two Formats: A Head-to-Head Comparison

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1915 is arguably the year that the first modern movies were made. On AFI’s list of the 100 greatest American films, 1915 is the year of the earliest selection (The Birth of a Nation). Theda Bara’s A Fool There Was and the Earle Williams-Anita Stewart vehicle The Juggernaut are still widely enjoyable to audiences today. Chaplin defined his Tramp character, Douglas Fairbanks got his start, and Fatty and Mabel were at the peak of their powers. Films made prior to 1915 typically feel like dated relics of an inaccessible past. In 1915, the cinema began to show a resemblance to the art form we know and love today.

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