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Genre  Silent film
Country  United States
5.2/10 IMDb

5.9/10 Letterboxd

Initial release  1890
Language  Silent film
Monkeyshines movie poster
Cast  G. Sacco Albanese
Director  William Kennedy Dickson William Heise
Directors  William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise
Producers  William Kennedy Dickson, Thomas Edison
Cinematography  William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise
Similar movies  Related William Kennedy Dickson movies

Monkeyshines no 1 1890 1st usa film william k l dickson heise thomas edison


Monkeyshines (1889 or 1890), three experimental short silent films made to test the original cylinder format of the Kinetoscope, are believed to be the first films shot in the United States.

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Monkeyshines, No. 1 was shot by William K. L. Dickson and William Heise for the Edison labs. Scholars have differing opinions on whether the first was shot in June 1889 starring John Ott or sometime between November 21–27, 1890 starring G. Sacco Albanese. Both men were fellow lab workers at the company; contradictory evidence exists for each claim. Monkeyshines, No. 2 and Monkeyshines, No. 3 quickly followed to test further conditions.

These films were intended to be internal tests of the new camera system, and were not created for commercial use; their rise to prominence resulted much later due to work by film historians. All three films show a blurry figure in white standing in one place making large gestures and are only a few seconds long.

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