1907 in Film
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1907 in Film

The year 1907 in film involved some significant events.


  • January 19 - Variety publishes its first film review.
  • May 7 - Seattle film maker William Harbeck sets up a camera at the front of a B.C. Electric streetcar and films the downtown streets of Vancouver, British Columbia. Pieces of the film, the earliest surviving footage of the city,[1] have disappeared, only about 7 minutes remain.[2]
  • June 20 - L'Enfant prodigue, the first feature-length motion picture produced in Europe, opens in Paris.
  • November 28 - In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater (in a few years he had the largest theater chain in New England and In 1917 he founded his own production company, which eventually became part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).
  • Carl Laemmle, later of Universal, experiments with combining audio from phonographs with film. Laemmle's experiments lead to the German development of "Syncroscope." Syncroscope had several successful demonstrations, but was eventually abandoned.
  • The Kalem Company founded in New York City by Frank J. Marion, Samuel Long, and George Kleine. They would make the first Ben-Hur film, directed by Sidney Olcott.

Films released in 1907



  • August 30 - Richard Mansfield, stage actor who influenced many later film actors (born 1857)



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