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Experience 120 years of film in 120 seconds

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While the movies are just a little bit older than any living person on earth, film is still a relatively new medium. And it has evolved drastically every year since the Lumière Brothers. 

That’s a fact that’s easy to take for granted. The rise of CGI has created a system of benchmarks in belieavability — obligatory link to the end of The Mummy Returns — but the language of cinema has changed almost as quickly. 

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A simple reminder of that is the above video from Moon Film. The concept is simple — trying to chart film over its 120-year history in just two minutes. Obviously, the reel is exhaustive, but after 120 seconds, you’re left with a very clear idea of just how rapidly the medium grew from a sideshow attraction into an artform.