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The History of Film

Jacob Aschieris

A (mostly) chronological exploration of international film history. Each episode is a deep dive into the history of the people, events, technologies, cultural forces, and most all the movies that have molded cinema into what it is today! Join host Jacob Aschieris and other listeners for an in depth, thoughtful listening experience, and learn why no story ever written for the screen is as dramatic ... more

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This episode reexamines some topics we have already looked at, but this time as context for one of historys greatest butcheries, rather than as pure film history. The development of cinema is intertwined with the forces that defined the 20th century.... more

2 months ago

The History of Film Podcast has been on Haitus since May of 2022. This announcement officially ends that. Lets get back to it! more

8 months ago

In this episode we finish up our series on early animation by covering Gertie the Dinosaur and The Sinking of the Lusitania, both animated by Winsor McCay. Next time its back to Europe, where we will cover the the effect of the First World War on Eur... more

2 years ago

This is the first of two episodes (only two, I promise) about the great animator Winsor McCay. We cover his life before he became a filmmaker, and his two first movies: Little Nemo (1911) and How a Mosquito Operates (1912). more

2 years ago


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 91 ratings
  • I would like to note an earlier on-screen kiss

    If you count Muybridge’s chronophotography as Cinema. The earliest on screen kiss was between two nude lesbians

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Highly recommend to anyone who likes film.

    Jacob packs a lot of really interesting film history into 25-40 minute episodes. A lot of information covered can be found in film school textbooks however he adds in TONS of missing people, concepts, and ideologies that are either glanced over or ignored in textbooks. He covers a plethora of topics including animation, technological achievements and policy change. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who likes film! He took a long hiatus and I am excited to hear the podcast is returning wi... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada8 months ago
  • Great podcast

    A fantastically interesting and informative podcast about the early history of film. The host is well informed, humble, and relaxing to listen to.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Very good work

    This podcast brings you back in the days where movies start. more

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    Le nouvel esprit public
    France2 years ago
  • Great podcast

    I’m fascinated by both history and cinema and I very much enjoy an amateur podcaster who is learning along with the audience. This is well researched and engagingly presented with a tone that is light but not flippant. Hugely enjoyable.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago

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