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Philippine Cinema: An Historical Overview

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On December 17, 1896, Francisco Pertierra, operator of a phonograph salon on the Escolta in Manila, announced the coming of the moving picture in El Comercio - "The installation of the. cinema is almost finished and will soon open." The promise was finally realized in January, the following year, with the announcement of the Pertierra Spectacle, the Chronophotograph - "Espectaculo de Pertierra - El Kronofotografo."1 The program included "Paisajes estatuas artisticas" (artistic statues of the countryside), "La figura de un hombre, a media cuerpo" (the figure of a man, half body), "Escena de baile Japon├ęs" (Japanese dance scene), "Escena de boxeadores" (scene of boxers) and "La calle de Montmartre de Paris" (the street of Montmartre of Paris). The entrance fee was una peseta, with a 50% discount for soldiers or media peseta

Keywords: 1896; Philippines; cinema; future; history; motion picture

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: De La Salle University, Manila

Publication date: 1999-03-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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