Jean Desmet’s dream factory
The adventurous years of film (1907-1916)
Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory: The Adventurous Years of Film (1907-1916) offers an inspiring picture of the early years of film. This new medium developed rapidly into a popular form of entertainment thanks to new technology, artistic ingenuity and creative entrepreneurship. The film industry could grow in part because of passionate businessmen like Jean Desmet (1875-1956), who rose from fairground showman to become one of the most important cinema exhibitors and film distributors in the Netherlands.