14-44 Story 2: The birth of motion pictures

 

Synopsis: Watching movie trailers on the internet reminds us how technologically sophisticated movies are these days with special effects, gorgeous cinematography and amazing sound. It really wasn’t that long ago when just seeing a few pictures move for a very few seconds was as exciting as 3-D movies are to us today. But who made the pictures first come to life? Was it Thomas Edison? Or someone else? We talk to an author about how two very different men – one a millionaire, the other an artist and a murderer – joined forces to make pictures move.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Edward Ball, author of The Inventor and the Tycoon: A gilded age murder and the birth of moving pictures.

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