1916 in film

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The year 1916 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

  • August 10 - The official British documentary propaganda film The Battle of the Somme is premièred in London. In the first six weeks of general release (from 20 August) 20 million people view it.
  • October 17 - Release of A Daughter of the Gods, the first US production with a million dollar budget, with the first nude scene by a major star (Annette Kellerman).
  • November 19 - Samuel Goldfish (later renamed Samuel Goldwyn) and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures, later to became one of the most successful independent filmmakers.
  • 11 mm, an amateur film gauge, appears on the market.

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Gross
1. Intolerance, directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge
2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
3. The Innocent Lie
4. Hulda from Holland

Notable films released in 1916[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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