Roughly a little over 115 years since its birth.
112 years since Méliès brought us to the moon.
103 years since the first Hollywood film studio opened shop.
99 years since A Birth of a Nation.
89 years since Battleship Potemkin.
87 years since Al Jolson told us “You ain’t hear nothin’ yet” and The Jazz Singer introduced sync-sound.
83 years since Chaplin’s City Lights.
77 years since Walt Disney gave us the first feature length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
75 years since the year many to consider the greatest in the history of Hollywood, giving us Gone With The Wind, Stagecoach, Wizard of Oz, and Only Angels Have Wings, among others.
75 years and 73 years (respectively) since Jean Renoir and Orson Welles wrote the modern visual language of film with Rules of the Game and Citizen Kane (again, respectively).
72 years since Bogart told Bergman, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
69 years since Roberto Rossellini helped birth the Italian neorealist movement with Rome, Open City.
66 years since Master Akira Kurosawa directed his breakthrough film, Drunken Angel.
65 years since the birth of modern television.
61 years since Ozu’s Tokyo Story.
60 years since Brando, “Coulda been a contender.”
56 years since Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
55 years and 54 years since Truffaut and Godard introduced the world to the French New Wave with The 400 Blows and Breathless.
51 years since Fellini’s 8 ½.
48 years since Antonioni’s Blow-Up.
47 years since Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate started the New Hollywood movement.
46 years since Kubrick brought us a vision of space and time completely distinct from the one Méliès brought us at the start of cinema.
42 years since Coppola’s The Godfather.
39 years and 37 years (respectively) since Spielberg’s Jaws and Lucas’ Star Wars ushered in the age of the modern Hollywood blockbuster.
34 years since Scorsese’s Raging Bull.
29 years since the opening of the first Blockbuster and the boom of VHS.
24 years since the “Indie” film movement of the 1990s with films such as Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
23 years and 21 years (respectively) since the breakthrough of CGI with Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
19 years since the advent of the DVD.
15 years since HBO introduced us to Tony Soprano and The Sopranos, forever changing how we would watch television.
15 years since Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut.
This brings us to the year 2000 and the beginning of the second century of cinema.
100 years from now what will the story of cinema be? I’m excited to find out. Let’s go forth with the knowledge of the history that came before us, fully understanding that we too are the same pioneers and dreamers that started this whole damn thing.
The second century of cinema is upon us and awaiting our next verse.