Feature film

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A feature film or theatrical film is a film (also called a motion picture or movie) with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program.wikipedia
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Feature length

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A feature film or theatrical film is a film (also called a motion picture or movie) with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program.
In motion picture terminology, feature length is the length of a feature film.

The Story of the Kelly Gang

The first narrative feature film was the 60-minute The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906, Australia).
In 2007, The Story of the Kelly Gang was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register for being the world's first full-length narrative feature film.

Film

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A feature film or theatrical film is a film (also called a motion picture or movie) with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program.
The pivotal innovation was the introduction of the three-strip version of the Technicolor process, first used for animated cartoons in 1932, then also for live-action short films and isolated sequences in a few feature films, then for an entire feature film, Becky Sharp, in 1935.

Defence of Sevastopol

Other early feature films include The Inferno (L'Inferno) (1911), Defence of Sevastopol (1911), Quo Vadis? (1913), Oliver Twist (1912), Richard III (1912), From the Manger to the Cross (1912) and Cleopatra (1912).
It was the first feature film made in the Russian Empire and it premiered on 26 October at the Livadia Palace of Tsar Nicolas II.

Les Misérables (1909 film)

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The first (proto)-feature-length adaptation was Les Misérables (1909, U.S.). Similarly, the first European feature was the 90-minute film L'Enfant prodigue (France, 1907), although that was an unmodified record of a stage play; Europe's first feature adapted directly for the screen, Les Misérables, came from France in 1909.
Les Misérables is a 1909 American silent historical drama proto-feature film (four short films that can be seen separately as a series, but when combined resemble a full-length feature film).

L'Inferno

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Other early feature films include The Inferno (L'Inferno) (1911), Defence of Sevastopol (1911), Quo Vadis? (1913), Oliver Twist (1912), Richard III (1912), From the Manger to the Cross (1912) and Cleopatra (1912).
L'Inferno took over three years to make, and was the first full-length Italian feature film.

Short film

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The term was used to distinguish the longer film from the short films (referred to as shorts) typically presented before the main film, such as newsreels, serials, animated cartoons, live-action comedies, and documentaries.
A short film is any motion picture not long enough to be considered a feature film.

Serial film

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The term was used to distinguish the longer film from the short films (referred to as shorts) typically presented before the main film, such as newsreels, serials, animated cartoons, live-action comedies, and documentaries.
Movie serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday matinee at the movies included at least one chapter of a serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.

Newsreel

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The term was used to distinguish the longer film from the short films (referred to as shorts) typically presented before the main film, such as newsreels, serials, animated cartoons, live-action comedies, and documentaries.
Newsreels were typically exhibited preceding a feature film, but there were also dedicated newsreel theaters in many major cities in the 1930s and '40s, and some large city cinemas also included a smaller theaterette where newsreels were screened continuously throughout the day.

The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight

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Some of the earliest feature-length productions were films of boxing matches, such as The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897), Reproduction Of The Corbett-Jeffries Fight (1899), and The Jeffries-Sharkey Fight (1899).
Originally running for more than 100 minutes, it was the longest film released to date; as such, it was the world's first feature film.

Richard III (1912 film)

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Other early feature films include The Inferno (L'Inferno) (1911), Defence of Sevastopol (1911), Quo Vadis? (1913), Oliver Twist (1912), Richard III (1912), From the Manger to the Cross (1912) and Cleopatra (1912).
It is the oldest surviving American feature-length film, and is also thought to be the first feature-length Shakespearean adaptation ever made.

L'Enfant prodigue (1907 film)

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Similarly, the first European feature was the 90-minute film L'Enfant prodigue (France, 1907), although that was an unmodified record of a stage play; Europe's first feature adapted directly for the screen, Les Misérables, came from France in 1909.
L'Enfant prodigue (, French for "The Prodigal Son") was the first feature-length motion picture produced in Europe, running 90 minutes.

Vie et Passion du Christ

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The French company Pathé Frères released a different Passion Play, The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ, in May 1903 in 32 parts running about 44 minutes.
As such, it is one of the earliest feature-length narrative films.

Kinemacolor

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The first UK features were the documentary With Our King and Queen Through India (1912), filmed in Kinemacolor and Oliver Twist (1912).
With Our King and Queen Through India and the dramas The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1914), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1914) were the first three feature films made in colour.

Cinema of Asia

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The first Asian feature was Japan's The Life Story of Tasuke Shiobara (1912), the first Indian feature was Raja Harishchandra (1913), the first South American feature was Brazil's O Crime dos Banhados (1913), and the first African feature was South Africa's Die Voortrekkers (1916).
The first East Asian feature film was Japan's The Life Story of Tasuke Shiobara (1912).

Vitaphone

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In 1927, Warner Bros. released the first feature-length film with sound, The Jazz Singer, whose audio track was recorded with a proprietary technology called Vitaphone.
Vitaphone was a sound film system used for feature films and nearly 1,000 short subjects made by Warner Bros. and its sister studio First National from 1926 to 1931.

Sound film

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The Centre National de la Cinématographie in France defines it as a 35 mm film longer than 1600 m, which is exactly 58 minutes and 29 seconds for sound films, and the Screen Actors Guild gives a minimum running time of at least 80 minutes.
The earliest feature-length movies with recorded sound included only music and effects.

Frederick Warde

The latter starring actor Frederick Warde starred in some of these movie adaptations.
The film is thought to be the earliest surviving American feature film.

Featurette

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In the American film industry, a featurette is a kind of film which is shorter than a full length feature, but longer than a short film.

Technicolor

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The film processing lab Technicolor developed the Three-Tone coloring technique that became the standard for color film.
Pioneer/RKO's Becky Sharp (1935) became the first feature film photographed entirely in three-strip Technicolor.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute, a feature film runs for at least 40 minutes, while the Screen Actors Guild asserts that a feature's running time is 80 minutes or longer.

American Film Institute

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According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute, a feature film runs for at least 40 minutes, while the Screen Actors Guild asserts that a feature's running time is 80 minutes or longer.

British Film Institute

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According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute, a feature film runs for at least 40 minutes, while the Screen Actors Guild asserts that a feature's running time is 80 minutes or longer.

Screen Actors Guild

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The Centre National de la Cinématographie in France defines it as a 35 mm film longer than 1600 m, which is exactly 58 minutes and 29 seconds for sound films, and the Screen Actors Guild gives a minimum running time of at least 80 minutes. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute, a feature film runs for at least 40 minutes, while the Screen Actors Guild asserts that a feature's running time is 80 minutes or longer.

Film adaptation

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The first (proto)-feature-length adaptation was Les Misérables (1909, U.S.).