Film is the basic stuff of films. Ha! Gotcha! Okay, it's really the reason for movies. Plenty of smart cookies tried to make pictures that move, and no one had any success until Eastman appropriated the technology to make tough, flexible, clear celluloid and made it commercially viable. Once flexible, transparent material to which photographic emulsion could be bonded was created, movies began almost immediately. Until then, although great progress had been made in making dry emulsions (Eastman's company was first called the Eastman Dry Plate company), attempts to make a continuous running series of pictures had been confined to glass plates and paper. You can probably figure out why they didn't work.

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