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New ventures and new technologies require new ways of referring to things. In stepped Edwin S. Porter, whose films Life of an American Fireman and The Great Train Robbery used parallel action and cross-cutting to develop his narratives. Find out more about why Porter is called the father of narrative film grammar with an explanatory video on film history.
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- Clips from Porter's films are used to illustrate the techniques
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