|Sunday, February 27, 2000
of world cinema
IT has been a momentous century for the evolution of cinema world over. It was the first and is arguably still the greatest of the industrialised art forms which have dominated the cultural life of the 20th century. From a humble beginning in the fairground it has risen to become a billion dollar industry and one of the most spectacular and original contemporary arts. As a technology, however, it has been in existence for barely a hundred years. Primitive cinematic devices like the cinematograph, vitascope and bioscope came into being and began to be exploited in the 1890s almost simultaneously in the USA, France, Germany and Great Britain.