Filoteo Alberini

Born - Mar 14, 1865 in Turin, Italy  |  

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Inventor Filoteo Alberini was a pioneer in the Italian film industry best known for his 1894 development of the Cinetografo (also called the Kinetograph), a machine that could record, develop, and show motion pictures. Along with Santoni, he co-founded the Alberini e Santoni film company in 1904; two years later the company was incorporated and became Cines, one of Italy's first big production companies. In 1911, Alberini devised one of the first wide-screen processes, Autostereoscopio, which allowed the pictures to be projected with little distortion on larger screens (the most famous and successful of the wide-screen processes is CinemaScope which is based on a process invented by Professor Henri Chr├ętien in the late 1920s). He used his new process on his landmark 1914 film Il Sacco di Roma. He continued tinkering with wide-screen systems and in 1928 he and British film engineer Roy Hill developed a system that ran double 35 mm frames horizontally through the camera and the projector.