Cinema is 100 Years Old is a book for anyone who has more than a passing interest in films, or movies as they are popularly refered to these days. Starting from the history of this exciting and amazing invention, the book covers everything from the early experiments, innovations and the very first silent films. There is also an article on the very first western movie " The Great Train Robbery " shown in sequence, from stills of the film. The experiments and work of all the fore runners of cinema are described in detail. One can read about the works of great people such as Thomas Alva Edison, Ettienne- Jules Marey, the brothers Melies (Georges and Gaston) Pathe and a host of others. The Vitascope, early cartoons, and documentaries are all covered, there is even a documentary covering the South Africa Boer War, which is the first South African documentary ever made. There is also a collection of photographs showing the most charming antique cameras and projectors used by people of the day, some cameras even doubled as projectors. The first for everything in film can be found in this little book which is 175 pages long and is absolutely brimming with information and generously illustrated with clear photographs and drawings. If you are a movie buff, an ardent film fan or just somebody who always wanted to know something about the movies but was too afraid to ask, you will do extremely well and be fabulously rewarded at the same time just by reading this book.