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Strangely enough, the usually canny Edison saw little future motion pictures. He even decided against projecting the films for audiences, because he didnt think there would be much demand. Instead, Edison developed an electrically driven peephole viewing machine-the Kinetoscopewhich displayed moving images to one viewer at a time for the price of a nickel. Not until 1903 did the Edison Company began to exploit projected motion pictures. In this year, Edwin S. Porter, an Edison employee, directed The Great Train Robbery, generally considered the first moviethe filming of a genuine story, complete with beginning, middle, and end. If the origins of the American film industry can be traced to any single event, it is the creation of The Great Train Robbery.


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