1st Yellow Journalism Propaganda in Film

Shooting Captured Insurgents (1898) – James H. White

Shooting Captured Insurgents is a hyper-realistic re-enactment filmed during the Spanish-American War, and having the purpose of bolstering sympathy for the Cuban rebels (and antagonism towards the Spanish). The United States had previously entered the conflict in early 1898 after the sinking of the USS Maine battleship in Havana harbor left 258 of the ship’s crew dead.

In the film, Spanish freedom fighters are led in front of a Spanish firing squad and then executed. The movie would play with no explanation that the footage shown was not real i.e. staged, leaving the audience to believe they had just witnessed actual deaths.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0229725/

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1st Movie Soundtrack and Musical Score

Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894) – William K.L. Dickson

This is the world’s first known experiment in creating a movie with a synchronized soundtrack. Filmed in Thomas Edison’s Black Maria studio, it features director W.K.L. Dickson playing on violin a piece of “The Chimes at Midnight”, an opera by Jean Robert Planquette.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0177707/

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