Collection The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

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  • "Remember the Maine": The Beginnings of War -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    Soon after their invention, motion pictures became a popular attraction in vaudeville and variety stage venues. Events such as the Spanish-American War increased the movies' popularity, since films of the war sparked great interest and patriotism in theater-goers. Their interest was certainly strengthened by the press which exploited the events occurring in Cuba in order to attract a larger circulation. Sensationalist stories of Spanish ...

  • Digitizing the Collection -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    Motion Pictures Most of the early films included in American Memory were taken from the Library's Paper Print Collection of more than 3000 titles. When they were deposited for copyright from 1894-1912, these films were printed as positive pictures frame by frame on long rolls of paper. In recent years, in order to serve the goals of access and preservation, the Library of Congress ...

  • The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    This presentation features 68 motion pictures, produced between 1898 and 1901, of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine Revolution. The Spanish-American War was the first U.S. war in which the motion picture camera played a role. These films were made by the Edison Manufacturing Company and the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company and consist of actualities filmed in the U.S., Cuba, and the ...

    • Date: 1898
  • The Paper Print Film Collection at the Library of Congress -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    Most of the films featured in the American Memory presentations are from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. Because the copyright law did not cover motion pictures until 1912, early film producers who desired protection for their work sent paper contact prints of their motion pictures to the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library ...

    • Date: 1898
  • The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    This presentation features 68 motion pictures, produced between 1898 and 1901, of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine Revolution. The Spanish-American War was the first U.S. war in which the motion picture camera played a role. These films were made by the Edison Manufacturing Company and the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company and consist of actualities filmed in the U.S., Cuba, and the ...

    • Date: 1898
  • The Philippine Revolution -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    Although the fighting with Spain in the Philippines had ended in August 1898, American troops found themselves with more battles to fight there in order to assert U.S. dominance over the region. The fighting with Filipino rebels began as a result of the U.S. refusal to include the Filipino nationalists in negotiations over the future of the Philippines. The Philippines were ceded to the ...

  • Sources -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    A variety of sources was consulted for the writing of all materials accompanying these films. They are listed below, divided into motion picture sources, Spanish-American War sources, and Philippine Revolution sources. Motion Picture Sources American Mutoscope & Biograph Company catalogs. Bitzer, G. W. "Filming My First War: 1898" in Billy Bitzer: His Story. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. Edison Manufacturing Company catalogs. Musser, Charles. ...

  • Rights and Access -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress The Library of Congress is providing access to the Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures for educational and research purposes. The Library is not aware of any copyrights or other rights associated with this Collection. However, users should note that the written permission of the copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as publicity and/or ...

  • The War Ends: Parades and Controversies -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    After fighting ended with the signing of a Peace Protocol between the United States and Spain in August 1898, the film companies were eager to get footage of the returning war heroes. Both Edison and Biograph filmed the Sampson homecoming parade on August 20, 1898, in New York City. Several views of the ships involved in the war were shown heading up the Hudson ...

  • The War in Cuba -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    U.S. Infantry Supported by Rough Riders at El Caney. Edison Manufacturing Co. May 1899. Orange Mountains near West Orange, New Jersey. Reenacted by the New Jersey National Guard. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. On June 14, American army troops left Tampa to begin their invasion of Cuba. Edison photographer Paley made his way down to Cuba with other reporters ...

  • Final Homecomings -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    The return of war heroes from the Philippines caused another flurry of homecoming events. The U.S. cruiser Raleigh was the first boat of the Pacific Squadron to visit the U.S. after the war and was filmed by the Edison Company on the Hudson River in April 1899. The Raleigh was famous for having fired the first gun at Manila on August 13. Admiral Dewey ...

  • A Drama of the Spanish-American War -- The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

    Love and War was created to be projected while an accompanying song of the same title was sung. Sheet music was supplied by Edison. This early drama of the war depicted a soldier going to war, fighting bravely, falling in love with a Red Cross nurse, and then returning home victoriously. The print in the Library of Congress is most likely incomplete. The Edison ...