The first film screenings – cinema emerges as both technological attraction and a form of capturing documental reality. Lumière brothers organize the first public film screening on December 28 in Paris.
First cinema screenings in Riga.
|1901||June – September||
First film footage shot in Riga – during the Industrial and Handicrafts Exhibition dedicated to the 700th anniversary of the city.
Frenchman Georges Méliès’ best-known fantasy film A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune).
The thriller is born! The film The Great Train Robbery is made in the USA (driected by Edwin S. Porter).
Tsar Nicholas II’s visit to Riga is filmed. This material has been preserved to this day.
|1915 1916||February 8 September 5||
A contemporary film-language triumph: D.W. Griffith’s films, The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.
Horror on screen – the era of German Expressionism. Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari), F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens).
The premiere of independent Latvia’s first feature film Off to War (“Es karā aiziedams”).
Charlie Chaplin embodying The Tramp appears in a feature for the first time, in the film The Kid.